2009 Château Belair-Monange St. Émilion Wine Tasting Note


2009 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 96

The past few years of aging has added a lot to this wine. Now, you find a round, lush, rich, mineral-driven expression with licorice, smoke, flowers, plums and black cherries. The wine is plushy, juicy and rich on the palate and in the lengthy finish.

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Full bodied, concentrated with juicy ripe fruits, crushed rock, silky tannins and freshness, this beauty can be enjoyed young, if you prefer primary notes. But I'd wait another 5-8 years and grab all the secondary characteristics that are going to blossom.

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Showing some lightness in color for its age, the aromatics of smoke, earth, cherry blossoms, black raspberries, mocha and spice open to a silky, plush, medium bodied, fresh, sweet mouthful of ripe, pure, cherries, wild strawberry and spice.

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2009 Belair-Monange has a perfume of chocolate covered black raspberries, licorice, flowers, and minerals. Medium/full bodied with supple textures, the wine finishes with black cherry and licorice notes. 92-95 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Belair-Monange, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Belair-Monange is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Belair-Monange offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Belair-Monange with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Belair-Monange is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Belair Monange is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Belair-Monange is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.