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Chateau Belair - Grand Cru Monange 2008

Chateau Belair  Grand Cru Monange  2008

Category Reds
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Region France , Bordeaux , St. Emilion
Producer Chateau Belair
Wine Enthusiast  

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.

92 points
Wine Advocate  

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 Edouard and Christian Moueix for their resurrection of this iconic 6.2 acre vineyard.

93 points
International Wine Cellar  

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.

92 points
Chateau Belair Tasting Notes  

Formerly known as Chateau Belair, the Belair Monange estate has made world class wines for hundreds of years. In fact, their history can be traced back as far as the 14th century, and the late Bernard Ginestet even called Belair, 'the Lafite Rothschild among the hillsides of St.-Emilion.' Chateau Belair-Monange is the immediate neighbor of Chateau Ausone, located on the southernmost slope of Saint-Emilion know as the "Côte", with a magnificent view over the valley of the Dordogne. This iconic vineyard is 6.2 acres in size, with a great diversity of soils, predominantly limestone. The limestone cap-rock is responsible for the excellent drainage. The vineyard has a south and east exposure. It is divided into twelve sub-plots, each with its own terroir characteristics. The vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

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