Chateau Belair-Monange 2009
|Streek||Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Grape||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux Blend|
|Conditie||From Original Wooden Case|
This extraordinary terroir, now exploited by Edouard Moueix, the son of Christian, seems to be coming to life in a dramatic fashion. Never a hedonistic wine, but very intellectual, the 2009 suggests a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with black currants and black cherries. Still somewhat closed, medium to full-bodied, and impressive rather than seductive, this is a structured wine that needs to be forgotten for at least a decade, and then drunk over the following 30+ years. If readers are looking for the quintessential example of a terroir-dominated wine, this is Lesson 101 in terroir.
Winespectator / James Suckling (92)
Offers lovely interplay between cherry and raspberry fruit, with darker plum and graphite notes and a perfumy Lapsang souchong tea edge. Very racy and detailed, with a long, mouthwatering, mineral-driven finish that really stretches out as it airs.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 18/20 points.