2020 Chateau Belair Monange
Château Bélair-Monange traces its origins back to Roman times. Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix purchased the iconic Château in 2008 and immediately undertook extensive renovations of the vineyard, winery, under- ground quarries, and château to restore the cru to its rightful historic status.
In 2012, Château Magdelaine, a contiguous Premier Grand Cru Classé acquired by Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1952, was merged into Château Bélair-Monange. The name ‘Monange,’ in addition to its literal translation, ‘my angel,’ was the maiden’s name of Jean-Pierre Moueix’s mother, Anne-Adèle, the first Moueix woman to call Saint-Émilion her home.
(Wine sampled from tubes) The 2020 Belair-Monange is true classic St Emilion. Deep garnet in color with cherry edges in the glass. Aromas of cut red roses, baked blueberry, dark chocolate, and a hint of graphite. The palate is energetic, juicy, and vibrant. There is a nice definition of tannins, which are finely grained, integrated and deliver a silky sensation in the mouth. The acid structure along with wonderful minerality emerges as the wine aerates and holds to a long, luscious finish. The sheer depth of this St Emilion beauty is mind blowing! An outstanding wine that will leave lovers of Belair-Monange with many years of pleasure.
By Perry Miroballi