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Incredibly perfumed aromas of roses and violets, as well as blue fruit and lavender. Full-bodied and powerful, yet so full of finesse and vibrance. The height of elegance! Such depth of chalk and dark berries. It goes on for minutes. Drink after 2025.
In 2016 the majority of the grapes were coming from the eastern side of the plateau of Bélair, near to Ausone, although from 2017 things balance out to more accurately reflect the entirety of the vineyard. There's no question that Bélair-Monange is signalling its intent to take on the very best wines of St-Emilion. The smoky oak notes dominate at first, more than in the 2015, but this was only bottled one year ago and it settles in the glass after five minutes. It has wonderful grip and impact, sizzling from the first moment with pulses of electricity and a vertical ride from the clearly evident minerality, both in taste and texture, joined by rich, precise blackberry and blueberry fruits. The whole thing levitated further upwards after 24 hours in bottle, as we tried it again the following night, this time with food
The 2016 Bélair-Monange is easily the most closed of all of J-P Moueix’s wines when I taste them together. It is stubbornly tight in the glass and then coquettishly unfurls mineral-rich red berry fruit mixed with rose petals; the perfume is captivating. The palate is well balanced, with velvety tannin and perfectly judged acidity, and very, very harmonious. More and more black fruit seems to join the chorus line toward the finish, which fans out gloriously, demonstrating superlative persistence. The best Bélair-Monange to date, and an accomplished, riveting Saint-Émilion.
A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Belair Monange comes strutting out of the glass like a total rock star with gregarious red cherries, blackberries and warm plums scents plus hints of lavender, rose hip tea, powdered cinnamon, cigar box and camphor. Medium-bodied, it completely fills the palate with vibrant red and black fruit layers, framed by a firm backbone of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and perfumed.