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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 James Suckling
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 105533
This estate spent more of its life under the name of Chateau Belair. The Bordeaux wine property was renamed in memory of Anne-Adèle Monange. She was the mother of Jean-Pierre Moueix. Monange was the first woman from the family to settle in St. Emilion. This took place in 1931. 2008 was the first vintage displaying the new name on the labels. This Bordeaux wine property made a major leap in progress when the team from Ets Moueix began producing their wine in 2008.
The first substantial and reassuringly great Belair-Monange in many decades, the 2008 represents the epitome of elegance and minerality. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet red and black fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers and crushed rocks, a layered mouthfeel, superb nobility and remarkable intensity offered in a finesse-filled format. Kudos to Edmond and Christian Moueix for their resurrection of this iconic 6.2 acre vineyard.
Big and structured wine, with ripe jammy fruit. Rich spice, soft tannins and dense texture all come together to give a rounded feel. Acidity at the end makes a final, tight contrast.
Bright red-ruby. Fresh, mineral-driven aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, flowers and rose petal. Quite soil-driven and suave, with a light touch and good spicy lift to the intense mineral and red berry flavors. Sweet, pliant and rich, but at the same time youthful and suave, with a late hint of orange peel on the long, refined aftertaste. As of 2008, the old Belair property, planted on limestone next to Ausone, is solely owned by J.P. Moueix (essentially Christian Moueix and his son Edouard), and this is the first vintage bottled under the new name.
What a gorgeous nose of plums and berries that follow through to a medium to full body, with round and velvety tannins and a delicate finish. Lovely softness here. Best after 2012.