2014 Château Belair-Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

Under the auspices of the Moueix family since 2008, and now including the famed Clos Magdelaine vineyard, this wine is on a strong upward trajectory. A large-scaled wine in terms of its rich, opulent, velvet textured core of fruit framed by incredibly fine structural tannin. At the same time, it has a flowing, natural and elegant style and is perfectly balance and poised. This is one of the stars of the right bank in 2014.

Critic score
94.5/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Grand Cru Classé (St Emilion)
2014 Château Belair-Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

The 2014 Bélair-Monange has an open, aniseed-tinged bouquet with plenty of ripe red berry fruit. There is something playful and joyful about these aromatics that demand to be noticed. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, firm tannin, quite grippy in the mouth but there are some lovely liquorice and spice notes that come through on the finish. Excellent. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
93/100

A huge, dramatic wine for the year, the 2014 Bélair-Monange possesses tremendous depth and overall intensity. Succulent black cherry, leather, spice and menthol are some of the many notes that flesh out in this dramatic, massively endowed Saint-Émilion. The fruit feels very ripe, yet there is plenty of underlying structure and acidity to balance things out. Since 2012, Bélair-Monange has been made from three parcels on gravel, clay and limestone. It is that very intersection that yields one of the most distinctive wines in Saint-Émilion. The 2014 is also the first vintage that includes fruit from the replanting done on the plateau. Bélair-Monange increasingly gives the two established flagships in the Moueix family's range (Trotanoy and La Fléur-Petrus) a run for their money.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (February 2017)
96/100