Chateau Belair Saint Emilion 2005
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.
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.
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.