2017 - Ch Belair-Monange 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06B7BELA6PK _ 2017 - Ch Belair-Monange 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Bel Air
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2024 - 2039
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now

2017 CH BELAIR-MONANGE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Bel Air
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2024 - 2039
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £556.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2018,
    Score: 94-96

    The Moueix family have hit the jackpot with their flagship St Emilion estate in 2017. Dense opaque colour, this gloriously open wine is full of exuberance. Rich in volume, it is finely layered between fruit, alcohol, velvety tannins and freshness. Its superb terroir and heritage is evident and the gorgeous flavours of fruit linger endlessly on the palate. An exceptional wine.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, February 2020,
    Score: 96

    The 2017 Bélair-Monange was so impressive out of barrel and now in bottle, I see no reason to alter my appreciation. It has a very intense bouquet, one that is reassuringly complex, especially in context of what was a rather ordinary growing season with copious red cherries, boysenberry, hints of iodine and a light terracotta scent. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins that are surprisingly rigid at the moment, suggesting that this will be a long term Saint-Émilion. There is a beguiling sense of symmetry, very mineral-driven towards the finish that has impressive sapidity. This comes highly recommended although it deserves five or six years in bottle. Bravo Christian and Edouard Moueix. 2025 - 2050

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2018,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2017 Bélair-Monange is fast-becoming the jewel in the crown of J-P Moueix, and also the home of Edouard Moueix and his family. It has a very perfumed and winsome bouquet, so pure and delineated with crystalline red cherries, crushed strawberry and very subtle cassis scents that are sutured with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. Tensile from the start, this Bélair-Monange conveys a sense of tension and energy that lingers on the aftertaste, a touch of white pepper leaving the tongue tingling 30 seconds after it has departed. This is an assured, and bewitching Saint-Émilion, one that is really beginning to fire on all cylinders. 2023 - 2045

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2018,
    Score: 94-97

    The 2017 Bélair-Monange is shaping up to be a real gem. Flamboyantly ripe and exotic, the 2017 possesses terrific richness and aromatic intensity. Charcoal, menthol, licorice, plum, and black cherry infuse this sumptuous yet mid-weight Saint-Émilion. Bélair-Monange is a wine of tremendous power and intensity, but is also on the riper side of things. "Psychologically, it is very hard to drop crop when many of your neighbors have lost yield because of the frost," Christian Mouex told me. "But we knew it was the right thing to do."

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 96-98

    A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Belair Monange has a flamboyant nose of potpourri, Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and sandalwood over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves with a waft of dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and seductive with oodles of freshness and layers of floral and spice notions, finishing long.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2018,
    Score: 94-95

    A compacted and seamless young wine with ripe and fine tannins, focused dark fruit and a flavorful finish. A beauty.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
    Score: 18.5+

    The amplitude of aroma on the nose is astounding. It is 90% fruit and 10% oak, unlike virtually all of its contemporaries. This richness and depth of plum, mulberry and cherry builds on the palate to a crescendo. Everything is in place and the tannins stand to attention like ranks of soldiers on parade. The fruit is in control of every aspect of this wine and there is freshness, even a touch of mint bringing levity, to puncture the core with complexity. Perfectly balanced and with decades ahead of it, this is an impeccable 2017 and it is going to drink within ten years, such is its grace and polish.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2018,
    Score: 17

    Inky crimson. Cassis dominates the nose. Tannins are so supple already and the whole is caressing and gorgeous even with the Moueix 'house style' of dark, minerally restraint. Lovely long, dry finish. (JH) Drink 2024-2035

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Producer

Domaine Bel Air

Domaine de Bel Air is a 13-hectare Domaine on the slopes of Pouilly run by oenologue Katia Mauroy-Gauliez, whose modern winery is a model of its genre. The vines grow on limestone and flint soils, imparting the appellation's signature gunflint and smoke characters to the wine. These vines are looked after by Katia's father and brother so it truly is a family domaine. The cellar is smallbut modern, and the winemaking modern, intelligent and non-interventionist. Katia's aim is to let the grapes express the character of the vineyard, and this she does admirably.

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.