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Château Belair-Monange

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2023
91
Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, fruity, and forward, this is going to be delicious on release with all of its upfront, sweet, ripe cherries, chocolate, and plums. Produced from 98% Merlot, with 2% Cabernet Franc, this is the second wine of Belair Monange. Drink from 2026-2036. 90-92 Pts.

Medium-bodied, soft, fresh, fruity, and forward, this is going to be delicious on release with all of its upfront, sweet, ripe cherries, chocolate, and plums. Produced from 98% Merlot, with 2% Cabernet Franc, this is the second wine of Belair Monange. Drink from 2026-2036. 90-92 Pts.

329 Views   Tasted
2023
96
The second vintage produced in the new cellars opens with flowers, crushed rocks, black cherries, cocoa, and spice. The wine is lifted, and fresh, with vitality, coupled with sweetness to the fruits, elegant tannins, and good energy on the palate. The mineral-driven finish serves up its display of crushed rocks, oceanic influences, mint, Indian spices, and bright red fruits effortlessly. There is length, and a raciness to the fruits in the finish that allows the wine to linger long after the wine has left the glass. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2029-2055. 95-97 Pts.

The second vintage produced in the new cellars opens with flowers, crushed rocks, black cherries, cocoa, and spice. The wine is lifted, and fresh, with vitality, coupled with sweetness to the fruits, elegant tannins, and good energy on the palate. The mineral-driven finish serves up its display of crushed rocks, oceanic influences, mint, Indian spices, and bright red fruits effortlessly. There is length, and a raciness to the fruits in the finish that allows the wine to linger long after the wine has left the glass. The wine is produced from 100% Merlot. Drink from 2029-2055. 95-97 Pts.

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2022
98
Dark in color, the wine pops with its notes of flowers, licorice, plums, espresso and chocolate-covered cherries in the perfume. But, it is on the palate which somehow remains perfectly balanced between all of the wines concentration, intensity, richness, and freshness. Nothing is out of place. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, polished, fresh, vibrant, and long, finishing with crushed rocks, stones, chalk and bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint on the backend. The wine blends 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Harvesting took place September 8 - September 20. Drink from 2027-2055. 97-99 Pts.

Dark in color, the wine pops with its notes of flowers, licorice, plums, espresso and chocolate-covered cherries in the perfume. But, it is on the palate which somehow remains perfectly balanced between all of the wines concentration, intensity, richness, and freshness. Nothing is out of place. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, polished, fresh, vibrant, and long, finishing with crushed rocks, stones, chalk and bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint on the backend. The wine blends 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Harvesting took place September 8 - September 20. Drink from 2027-2055. 97-99 Pts.

2,353 Views   Tasted
2021
94
Elegant, floral, vibrant , and fresh, the perfume blends sweet red plums cherries, tobacco leaf, spice, mint, cocoa, and a judicious touch of espresso. The medium-bodied palate is about its finesse, over power, finishing with a strong display of minerality that adds to all of the oceanic-influenced bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint. and chocolate on the backend. The wine blends 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2050.

Elegant, floral, vibrant , and fresh, the perfume blends sweet red plums cherries, tobacco leaf, spice, mint, cocoa, and a judicious touch of espresso. The medium-bodied palate is about its finesse, over power, finishing with a strong display of minerality that adds to all of the oceanic-influenced bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint. and chocolate on the backend. The wine blends 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2050.

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Deep ruby in color, the wine is filled with black raspberries, flowers, mint, and spices. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, polished, fresh, vibrant, and long, finishing with crushed rocks, stones, chalk, and bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint on the backend. The wine blends 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, Drink from 2023-2049. 94-95

Deep ruby in color, the wine is filled with black raspberries, flowers, mint, and spices. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, polished, fresh, vibrant, and long, finishing with crushed rocks, stones, chalk, and bright, fresh, red fruits, with just a touch of spearmint on the backend. The wine blends 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, Drink from 2023-2049. 94-95

1,311 Views   Tasted
2020
97
Spell-binding in every sense of the word, you can sense this is special from the initial sniff with its showy bouquet of white and purple flowers, black, red, and blue fruits, crushed rocks, espresso, and licorice. On the palate, the wine is concentrated and intense, finishing with a majestic combination of black plums, black cherries, chocolate, sea salt, and velvet-laced tannins. The final end note appears close to the 60-second mark. This will age and effortlessly evolve for the next 3 decades with ease. Drink from 2027-2060.

Spell-binding in every sense of the word, you can sense this is special from the initial sniff with its showy bouquet of white and purple flowers, black, red, and blue fruits, crushed rocks, espresso, and licorice. On the palate, the wine is concentrated and intense, finishing with a majestic combination of black plums, black cherries, chocolate, sea salt, and velvet-laced tannins. The final end note appears close to the 60-second mark. This will age and effortlessly evolve for the next 3 decades with ease. Drink from 2027-2060.

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Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and velvety, the wine promptly provides layer after layer of flawlessly ripe, black and dark red pit fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, espresso, smoke and flowers. Long, deep, rich, concentrated and focused, the wine finishes with a majestic combination of minerals, black plums, black cherries, dark cocoa, velvet-laced tannins and spice. The stony finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. Give this at least a decade before pulling a cork and enjoy it over the next 3 decades with little effort. 98-100 Pts

Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and velvety, the wine promptly provides layer after layer of flawlessly ripe, black and dark red pit fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, espresso, smoke and flowers. Long, deep, rich, concentrated and focused, the wine finishes with a majestic combination of minerals, black plums, black cherries, dark cocoa, velvet-laced tannins and spice. The stony finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. Give this at least a decade before pulling a cork and enjoy it over the next 3 decades with little effort. 98-100 Pts

6,278 Views   Tasted
2019
97
Showing off its spring flowers, wet earth, spice-box and red with black fruits easily, the wine hits all the right marks. Vibrant, elegant, rich, and silky, the finish continues down the same path with its sublime display of crushed rocks, spice, black and red pit fruits and sensuous, velvet drenched textures. The salty endnote caps everything of nicely as the fruits glide across your palate. Drink from 2031-2055.

Showing off its spring flowers, wet earth, spice-box and red with black fruits easily, the wine hits all the right marks. Vibrant, elegant, rich, and silky, the finish continues down the same path with its sublime display of crushed rocks, spice, black and red pit fruits and sensuous, velvet drenched textures. The salty endnote caps everything of nicely as the fruits glide across your palate. Drink from 2031-2055.

4,498 Views   Tasted
Floral in nature, you also find smoke, incense, red fruits, spice box, rocks, stones and oceanic notes in the perfume. The wine is rich, concentrated, fresh, vibrant and silky. The fruits glide across your palate leaving a trail of sweet cherries, salt and plums that hang with you. 96-98 pts

Floral in nature, you also find smoke, incense, red fruits, spice box, rocks, stones and oceanic notes in the perfume. The wine is rich, concentrated, fresh, vibrant and silky. The fruits glide across your palate leaving a trail of sweet cherries, salt and plums that hang with you. 96-98 pts

8,536 Views   Tasted
2018
99
The wines here continue getting better year after year. And 2018 is no exception. Just the color, with its dark, purple ink hue tells you you're in for something special. There is incredible intensity of flavor here. The non-stop layers of rocks, stones, black plums, blueberry and black cherry accompanied by flowers, spice box, licorice and chocolate is sublime. But it is the wealth of velvet drenched, silky fruits coating your palate that hits it out of the park! The 60 second seamless finish seals the deal! With time, this will probably hit triple digits. Produced from blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this should age for 2-3 decades or more with little effort.

The wines here continue getting better year after year. And 2018 is no exception. Just the color, with its dark, purple ink hue tells you you're in for something special. There is incredible intensity of flavor here. The non-stop layers of rocks, stones, black plums, blueberry and black cherry accompanied by flowers, spice box, licorice and chocolate is sublime. But it is the wealth of velvet drenched, silky fruits coating your palate that hits it out of the park! The 60 second seamless finish seals the deal! With time, this will probably hit triple digits. Produced from blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this should age for 2-3 decades or more with little effort.

5,776 Views   Tasted
Inky in color, the purple flecked ruby hue is impossible to see through but upon taste and reflection there is more than what meets the eye. The wine is built around a solid core of perfectly ripe black cherry, plums, crushed rock, spice and espresso sensations. Full-bodied, deep, rich, long and opulent, this is stunning! The finish hangs with you for over 50 seconds, which is a good thing as you don't want to lose sight of all this hedonistic pleasure. With the 2018 Belair-Monange has made an announcement -- they are moving to the next level. This should age for 2-3 decades or more with little effort. Give it time before popping a cork. 98-100 Pts

Inky in color, the purple flecked ruby hue is impossible to see through but upon taste and reflection there is more than what meets the eye. The wine is built around a solid core of perfectly ripe black cherry, plums, crushed rock, spice and espresso sensations. Full-bodied, deep, rich, long and opulent, this is stunning! The finish hangs with you for over 50 seconds, which is a good thing as you don't want to lose sight of all this hedonistic pleasure. With the 2018 Belair-Monange has made an announcement -- they are moving to the next level. This should age for 2-3 decades or more with little effort. Give it time before popping a cork. 98-100 Pts

7,445 Views   Tasted
2017
94
Roses and rocks and perfectly mature plums and cherries create harmony on the palate. The tannins are salty due to the intense minerality. The textures are flowing with silk and the fruit is doing a salsa dance. Give this up to a decade in the cellar for the wine to start showing at its best.

Roses and rocks and perfectly mature plums and cherries create harmony on the palate. The tannins are salty due to the intense minerality. The textures are flowing with silk and the fruit is doing a salsa dance. Give this up to a decade in the cellar for the wine to start showing at its best.

5,425 Views   Tasted
2016
95
Fresh, dark red fruits, kirsch liqueur and black raspberry open the wine. Silky, soft and mineral driven, both bright red and dark red berries create the wine’s core. There is freshness, length, purity of fruit and a stone-filled finish.

Fresh, dark red fruits, kirsch liqueur and black raspberry open the wine. Silky, soft and mineral driven, both bright red and dark red berries create the wine’s core. There is freshness, length, purity of fruit and a stone-filled finish.

3,545 Views   Tasted
2016
96
Full-bodied, concentrated, soft, silky and with a beautiful purity to its layers of fruits, you also find, smoke, licorice wet earth, cigar wrapper and spice. Fresh, energetic and fruity, with soft, polished tannins this is going to be a knockout with at least a decade of aging.

Full-bodied, concentrated, soft, silky and with a beautiful purity to its layers of fruits, you also find, smoke, licorice wet earth, cigar wrapper and spice. Fresh, energetic and fruity, with soft, polished tannins this is going to be a knockout with at least a decade of aging.

5,806 Views   Tasted
2015
98
This just keeps inching up the scale. Texturally, this is incredible. Silky, opulent, and perhaps decadent, the fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet fresh and long, with a finish that seems endless. This is so good now. And my bet is, in the future, it is only going to get better and better.

This just keeps inching up the scale. Texturally, this is incredible. Silky, opulent, and perhaps decadent, the fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet fresh and long, with a finish that seems endless. This is so good now. And my bet is, in the future, it is only going to get better and better.

5,542 Views   Tasted
The wine keeps getting better and better. Flowers and stone, with cherry pipe tobacco, licorice and cocoa easily fills the perfume. Full boded, concentrated, rich and deep, the wine is silky, long and loaded with sweet fruits. As the wine lingers on your palate, the flavors expand, leaving you with dark chocolate, plum and stone that stays with you for close to 45 seconds. This should age for 2-3 decades with little effort. Give it time before popping a cork.

The wine keeps getting better and better. Flowers and stone, with cherry pipe tobacco, licorice and cocoa easily fills the perfume. Full boded, concentrated, rich and deep, the wine is silky, long and loaded with sweet fruits. As the wine lingers on your palate, the flavors expand, leaving you with dark chocolate, plum and stone that stays with you for close to 45 seconds. This should age for 2-3 decades with little effort. Give it time before popping a cork.

6,276 Views   Tasted
2015
96
This powerhouse is sophisticated, elegant, refined and mineral-driven with stony, red, pit fruit, violets and earth. There is a great concentration of flavor, supple, silky textures and purity of fruit and dark chocolate in the finish.

This powerhouse is sophisticated, elegant, refined and mineral-driven with stony, red, pit fruit, violets and earth. There is a great concentration of flavor, supple, silky textures and purity of fruit and dark chocolate in the finish.

8,220 Views   Tasted
2014
94
Fresh black and red plum, olive and crushed stone aromatics bring forth a wine that displays richness. The lush tannins and a fresh, black cherry, satin-textured finish secures an lasting impression. 93-95 Pts

Fresh black and red plum, olive and crushed stone aromatics bring forth a wine that displays richness. The lush tannins and a fresh, black cherry, satin-textured finish secures an lasting impression. 93-95 Pts

4,628 Views   Tasted
2013
92
Spice, earth and red fruits lead to supple tannins and a soft, spicy black raspberry finish. Forward in style, this will be fun to taste young. 91-93 Pts

Spice, earth and red fruits lead to supple tannins and a soft, spicy black raspberry finish. Forward in style, this will be fun to taste young. 91-93 Pts

3,884 Views   Tasted
2012
94
Already showing truffles along with the thyme, floral and plummy aromatics. Silky, sweet and fresh, with a purity to the fruit that keeps you coming back for another sniff, swirl and sip. This really developed well in barrel. It's showing much better today and has the possibility for even more improvement in the bottle.

Already showing truffles along with the thyme, floral and plummy aromatics. Silky, sweet and fresh, with a purity to the fruit that keeps you coming back for another sniff, swirl and sip. This really developed well in barrel. It's showing much better today and has the possibility for even more improvement in the bottle.

7,543 Views   Tasted
Floral, earth, licorice and stone scents create the perfume. The palate is plush, polished and perky with minerality, supple and refined textured and ripe dark berries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

Floral, earth, licorice and stone scents create the perfume. The palate is plush, polished and perky with minerality, supple and refined textured and ripe dark berries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

4,443 Views   Tasted
2011
92
Minerality, earth, spice and red berry with floral notes open to a soft-textured, refined, spicy, cherry-filled wine of finesse. 91-93 Pts

Minerality, earth, spice and red berry with floral notes open to a soft-textured, refined, spicy, cherry-filled wine of finesse. 91-93 Pts

5,980 Views   Tasted
2010
95
The nose has really opened here. The ripe, rich, supple, plummy fruits, crushed rock, violets and earth, add even more to the full, bodied, concentrated wine. Even though it is still young, it is impossible not to enjoy how this stunner is developing.

The nose has really opened here. The ripe, rich, supple, plummy fruits, crushed rock, violets and earth, add even more to the full, bodied, concentrated wine. Even though it is still young, it is impossible not to enjoy how this stunner is developing.

5,621 Views   Tasted
The mineral driven nose was complicated by earth, truffle and sweet black and red fruits. On the palate, the wine is polished, long and fresh, finishing with sweet black raspberries and a hint of cocoa that is supple in texture and builds in the mouth. In 5-8 years, this could be a better wine as it matures and fleshes out.

The mineral driven nose was complicated by earth, truffle and sweet black and red fruits. On the palate, the wine is polished, long and fresh, finishing with sweet black raspberries and a hint of cocoa that is supple in texture and builds in the mouth. In 5-8 years, this could be a better wine as it matures and fleshes out.

8,091 Views   Tasted
Belair-Monange With aromas of charcoal, stone, licorice and red with black fruits, the wine offers silky, supple textures and a deep, licorice infused, long, mineral, ripe plum and cassis finish. 94-95 Pts

Belair-Monange With aromas of charcoal, stone, licorice and red with black fruits, the wine offers silky, supple textures and a deep, licorice infused, long, mineral, ripe plum and cassis finish. 94-95 Pts

7,689 Views   Tasted
2009
94
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.

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.

7,000 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

7,462 Views   Tasted
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

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

5,464 Views   Tasted
2009
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.

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.

4,407 Views   Tasted
2008
94
08 Château Belair Monange sports a new name that announces a change in style and quality. The wine is black ruby with purple tints. Flowers, licorice, blackberry, and minerals fill the nose. Silky tannins, along with a plush mouth feel, make the wine fun to taste. The wine has an opulent character, and it finishes with long, ripe, pure flavors. The château, located on great terroir, shows what a difference picking ripe fruit and exercising selection can do. 93-96 Pts

08 Château Belair Monange sports a new name that announces a change in style and quality. The wine is black ruby with purple tints. Flowers, licorice, blackberry, and minerals fill the nose. Silky tannins, along with a plush mouth feel, make the wine fun to taste. The wine has an opulent character, and it finishes with long, ripe, pure flavors. The château, located on great terroir, shows what a difference picking ripe fruit and exercising selection can do. 93-96 Pts

4,603 Views   Tasted