Chateau Belair Monange Saint Emilion 2008
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Brand||Chateau Belair Monange|
The first substantial and reassuringly great Belair-Monange in many decades, the 2008 represents the epitome of elegance and minerality. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet red and black fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers and crushed rocks, a layered mouthfeel, superb nobility and remarkable intensity offered in a finesse-filled format. Kudos to Edmond and Christian Moueix for their resurrection of this iconic 6.2 acre vineyard.
Big and structured wine, with ripe jammy fruit. Rich spice, soft tannins and dense texture all come together to give a rounded feel. Acidity at the end makes a final, tight contrast.
The lightly dusty and chalky structure guides a core of gently macerated cherry and black currant fruit. Pretty violet and anise notes flicker through the finish, which has good length for the vintage. This will age gracefully, even in this generally less-than-dynamic year.-Non-blind Bélair-Monange vertical (December 2016). Drink now through 2026.
The 2008 Bélair-Monange was the first vintage where Christian Moueix had total control of the vineyard after his acquisition of the historic property. It has a crisp red cherry and crushed strawberry nose that perhaps needs more intensity. It feels airy, almost Burgundian in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple, quite fleshy opening. There is good body here, belying the structure underneath although I discerned a touch of greenness on the finish. Moueix's tenure has produced better Belair's than the 2008 and I would consume bottles over the next four to five years.