Christian Moueix and his son, Edouard, must be extraordinarily proud of what they have achieved in just a few years after taking over this property (previously known as Belair) that had been so mismanaged and underexploited by its previous owners. Yields were cut to 13 hectoliters per hectare in 2009, and this great terroir has finally revealed its true potential. Tasting like a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with raspberry jam and kirsch, the full-bodied, elegant 2009 is a quintessential example of a true terroir wine. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades. 94-96+/100 Robert Parker Jr.
Chateau Belair-Monange has a very interesting history. Apparently it was mooted as a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Politics and travel time to the property conspired against it. Consigned to the bottom drawer, it is in the process of re-invention. I would imagine this wine will become more prominent in future years. It is deep in colour with intense mulberry/praline aromas, sweet fleshy fruit, mocha nuances and chocolaty tannins. Elemental, powerful and concentrated, it definitely has plenty of potential. 92-94/100 Andrew Caillard, MW Langton's
Chateau Belair-MonangePreviously known as Chateau Belair, the name was changed to Belair-Monange upon its full purchase by the Moueix family in 2008. The 12 ha vineyard is planted predominately to Merlot with some Cabernet Franc growing on limestone and clay soils. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and lined concrete tanks prior to undergoing maturation in a mix of new and seasoned barriques for 18 months. A philosophy encompassing reduced yields, later harvesting and meticulous fruit selection have resulted in a richer more generous, concentrated style since 2008.