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Château Belair-Monange

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2018 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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

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2017 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2016 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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.

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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.

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2015 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

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.

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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.

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2014 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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

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2013 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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

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2012 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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.

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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

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2011 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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

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2010 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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.

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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.

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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

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2009 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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.

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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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2008 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion) 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

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