Belair Monange 2011

St Emilion, Premier Grand C

GBP Price: Size Quantities Units status Estimated price Actions
Awaiting Release Bottle (75cl) 0 - £600 - £1,000 [Add to waiting list]
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson Albany Vintners Wine Spectator Neal Martin Decanter
88 - 90 16 - 17 - 92 - 95 91 - 93 17
Tasting Notes:

The 2011 Belair-Monange is a little more thrust on the nose compared to the more feminine Magdelaine. It offers a red fruit profile with floral aromas, the creamy oak a little more pronounced but not obfuscating the sense of terroir emanating from the glass. Over five minutes it attains wonderful cohesion and purity. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins on the entry. It has a lovely balance with tensile tannins; poised and refined with a lovely build towards the finish that has good weight and sinew. All focus and finesse. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Date: Monday 30 April 2012

This dark ruby-colored, mineral-laced, elegant, medium-bodied 2011 Belair-Monange offers distinctive aromas of licorice and crushed chalk. Under the administration of Christian Moueix’s son, Edouard, it continues to possess a classic, mid-weight, fresh, vibrant style. This tends to be one of the more intellectual wines of Bordeaux, but the Moueixs are building more flesh, texture and character into it. The 2011 should drink well for 10-15 years.

Score: 88 - 90 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2012-2027 Date: Monday 30 April 2012

Vineyard encépagement: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Deep cherry red. Chocolate sweetness at first on the nose but there's sweet and fresh red fruit underneath. A little bit leafy on the palate, tannins very gentle. Not a great deal of depth but there's a soft richness to the tannins. (JH)

Score: 16 - 17, Maturity: 2017-2025 Date: Tuesday 24 April 2012

Deep colour. A little more depth and complexity than stablemate Magdelaine. Attractive fruit, with refined texture and tannins. Balanced. Progress again underlined.

Score: 17 Decanter, Maturity: 2018-2030 Date: Monday 16 April 2012

Exhibits flavors of cassis, plum preserves and cherry pit, with spice notes that are focused and well-integrated. Underneath runs a beautiful chalky streak that lends a pleasant bitterness and extra length. A wine poised for some cellaring. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Date: Wednesday 11 April 2012

Very intense aromas of flowers and blueberries follow through to a full and dense palate yet compacted with a long pretty finish. Chocolate undertones as well.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Date: Sunday 01 April 2012