2015 - Ch Belair-Monange 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Belair
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2053
Case size
3x150cl
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2015 CH BELAIR-MONANGE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 3x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Belair
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2053
Case size
3x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £766.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 96-98

    The dominant, densely concentrated Merlot fruit (88%) is cut through with some cool Cabernet Franc (12%). The tannins are fulsome: abundant and mouth-coating at this early stage, they will need time to resolve. The wine has undeniable power, with a muscular texture.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 93+

    The 2015 Belair-Monange has a strange bouquet at first, quite feral and animal, scents of smoked cigars and antique furniture permeating the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, fresh and vibrant, well-knitted oak with good tension if a little conservative finish. It just needs to soften a little, lose some of its rigidity. I suspect this is not the best showing for what I maintain is a great Saint-Émilion. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 93+

    The 2015 Belair-Monange has a strange bouquet at first, quite feral and animal, scents of smoked cigars and antique furniture permeating the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, fresh and vibrant, well-knitted oak with good tension if a little conservative finish. It just needs to soften a little, lose some of its rigidity. I suspect this is not the best showing for what I maintain is a great Saint-Émilion. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 95-98

    The 2015 Bélair-Monange is super-impressive. A striking bouquet endowed with the essence of graphite, smoke, licorice and tobacco is pure allure. Vertical on the palate, with soaring tannins and tons of structure, the 2015 possesses remarkable intensity to match its explosive, energetic personality. Even with all of its size, the 2015 remains incredibly nuanced and finessed throughout. Today, it is one of the most exciting wines of the year. The blend is 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 98+

    This perhaps somewhat controversial marriage between the estates of Chateau Belair and Chateau Magdelaine—both Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion estates—to form Chateau Bélair Monange hits pay-dirt with this spectacular 2015 release. Composed of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Belair Monange has the most singular nose of grilled meats, smoked game, iron ore and fallen leaves over a slowly unfurling ripe fruit core of crushed black plums, blackberry preserves and cassis with fragrant touches of star anise and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, the palate reveals an arresting backbone of exquisitely ripe, very firm tannins and sparks of background acidity lifting and defining the rich, densely packed layers, culminating in an epically long and multifaceted finish. Possessing its own compellingly beautiful signature, this is a remarkably riveting wine that should not be missed. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 98+/100 Drink dates 2022-2053

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 98-99

    Incredible depth of fruit to this wine with ultra-powerful tannins that remain agile and soft. So much intensity. It’s layered with ripe fruit and caressing mouth feel. Neoclassical in style. Mostly merlot with a touch of cabernet franc.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 94

    Only 12ha of the 23.5ha estate in production at present. Has come on leaps and bounds. Appealing berry fruit nose. Generous fruit on the palate but freshness and precision as well. Plentiful but ripe tannins. Limestone terroir shows its presence. Super harmony and balance.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18.5+

    (88 Merlot, 12 Cabernet Franc) As every year passes Bélair-Monange gathers more intensity and gravitas and in 2015 it is showing some of the grandeur which this property long promised. The nose is full, complex and sophisticated with both red and black hues and succulent oak. The palate is sturdy and muscular and the finish is dry and structured. Youthful and closed this wine will blossom ahead of both Trotanoy and Hosanna and around the same time as Château La Fleur-Pétrus and show the grand terroir here off to a tee.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17.5+

    Jean-Pierre Moueix's new baby. 23.5 ha (58 acres) of limestone on the plateau, and clay on limestone on the slopes. 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc. Extremely dark. Very heady, very dramatic. So unlike the Bélair and Magdelaine of old! Small berries (tastes as though) and very concentrated. Thick and ambitious. Quite a play! Halfway between the J-P Moueix restraint and the more alcoholic style that has been modern St-Émilion. Drink 2037-2042

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 94

    Rich, tannic and dominated by oak at this stage, but this ambitious wine will settle into itself over the next year or two. Firm and dense, with layered tannins, inky, slightly fruitcakey notes, this finishes with a frisson of limestone freshness. Drink: 2022-35

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Producer

Château Belair

Ch Belair is something of a rarity for a Right Bank château as it can trace its history back to the 14th century. In 1802 they began bottling their own wines at the château - an inconceivable practice for the time and their wines sold for three times more than other St Emilions. Luckily for its followers, the price has decreased over the years making it an affordable Right Bank option.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.