Chateau Belair Saint Emilion 2005

Chateau Belair Saint Emilion 2005

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Belair's incomparable soil and long history are telltale signs that this is indeed a great Bordeaux wine château.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion
Brand Chateau Belair
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastPascal Dalbeck has triumphed with this impressive wine, very concentrated and spicy, layering powerful dark fruits. There's a sense of authority here, from a wine that has all the elements in the right place. Wait at least 10 years.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorVery perfumed, with crushed blackberry and vanilla character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and tangy fruit. Balanced and refined, with a racy finish. Not quite as exciting as from barrel, but outstanding. Best after 2011. 3,000 cases made.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateNow that Christian Moueix has bought in to this estate and begun to harvest ripe rather than underripe fruit, as well as institute a selection process, which never before existed, quality has risen. The 2005 may be the finest Belair I have ever tasted (which includes at least 35 vintages). By no means inspiring, especially in the context of the vintage, it is a deep ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2005 offering an attractive, sweet bouquet of black cherry liqueur, earth, and vanilla. It is made in a medium-bodied style that is not dissimilar from Moueix's nearby premier grand cru classe estate, Magdelaine. There is more minerality here, but this finesse-styled St.-Emilion should be at its best between 2013-2023.

Robert Parker, April 2008