The vineyards of Ch Bélair-Monange occupy some of the choicest plots of the appellation. One third lie on Saint-Emilion’s limestone plateau, near the historic town, one third are on adjoining, south-facing, steep hillsides, with the balance being on the terraces between the two. This property was bought by the Moueix family in 2008, and they have had to make massive investments shoring up the land. Beneath the vines lies a honeycomb of ancient galleries in the limestone, which were excavated to provide stones for building. Above ground, many plots were in need of re-planting, which is slowly taking place.
Today, only wine from fully mature plots and the best sites is chosen for the Grand Vin, with the 2016 assemblage being 92% Merlot, with Cabernet Franc. Colour is medium deep, rich purple. Nose is magnificently fresh, open and complex. Palate shows remarkable harmony between rich structure, dense fruitiness, creamy texture and silky, refreshing, gentle length. Tannins are present, yet without asperity. International demand has taken the price of Cheval Blanc and Ausone to levels where regular consumption is beyond the reach of most of us. Luckily, Bélair-Monange – coming from totally comparable, great terroirs – is now a powerful magnet for those of us who relish the greatest, most classic Saint-Emilions. Stocks are limited, however, so we urge you to let us know your requirements as soon as possible. This is a great and gorgeous wine, with immense potential (for drinking 2021-2040+).
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