2012 Chateau Belair-Monange, St Emilion Grand Cru (6 x Bottle)

France Bordeaux St Emilion

The 2012 Bélair-Monange brings together power and finesse in what is a very complete expression of Saint-Emilion. Beams of supporting tannins give the 2012 much of its energy. Red stone fruit, chalk, mint, spice and expressive floral notes are all nicely delineated. I expect the Bélair-Monange will drink better earlier than the other top wines in the Moueix stable. This is the first vintage that incorporates the Magdelaine vineyards, which were annexed in 2012. Bélair-Monange is now under the direction of Edouard Moueix, who lives on the property and seems determined to take the estate to the top of the hierarchy in Saint-Emilion. The 2012 is certainly a strong move in that direction.

2012 Chateau Belair-Monange, St Emilion Grand Cru (6 x Bottle)

The 2012 Bélair-Monange brings together power and finesse in what is a very complete expression of Saint-Emilion. Beams of supporting tannins give the 2012 much of its energy. Red stone fruit, chalk, mint, spice and expressive floral notes are all nicely delineated. I expect the Bélair-Monange will drink better earlier than the other top wines in the Moueix stable. This is the first vintage that incorporates the Magdelaine vineyards, which were annexed in 2012. Bélair-Monange is now under the direction of Edouard Moueix, who lives on the property and seems determined to take the estate to the top of the hierarchy in Saint-Emilion. The 2012 is certainly a strong move in that direction.

France Bordeaux St Emilion
Producer Chateau Belair-Monange
Sub-Region St Emilion
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2012
Colour Red
Style Medium-Full, Dry

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Vinous

The 2012 Bélair-Monange brings together power and finesse in what is a very complete expression of Saint-Emilion. Beams of supporting tannins give the 2012 much of its energy. Red stone fruit, chalk, mint, spice and expressive floral notes are all nicely delineated. I expect the Bélair-Monange will drink better earlier than the other top wines in the Moueix stable. This is the first vintage that incorporates the Magdelaine vineyards, which were annexed in 2012. Bélair-Monange is now under the direction of Edouard Moueix, who lives on the property and seems determined to take the estate to the top of the hierarchy in Saint-Emilion. The 2012 is certainly a strong move in that direction.

95 Points / Drinking 2018 - 2037

By Antonio Galloni / January 2016

Vinous

The 2012 Bélair-Monange is an excellent Saint-Émilion although, I have never been as effusive with praise as other commentators. Here it has the same opulent bouquet I remarked upon when tasted just after bottling. Morello cherry, fresh mint and that faint touch of orange blossom; pretty and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied, silky smooth in texture with a precise and quite agile finish that is full of tension. I would prefer a little more depth and presence overall, but all things considered, this 2012 is turning into a delicious Saint-Émilion. Tasted at the château.

92 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2035

By Neal Martin / July 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

With some of the oldest vines in all of Bordeaux, especially one parcel from 1905, Belair Monange’s 2012 (14.5% alcohol) is a tribute to this great terroir that was poorly managed and exploited prior to the family of Jean-Pierre Moueix taking over. Now it is Christian Moueix and his son Edouard who manage the property and produce the wine. The 2012 is a beauty, with a deep ruby/purple color, complex notes of minerals, crushed rock, red and black fruits, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, great texture, long finish and true ability and character. It should age beautifully for 20 or more years and yet be drinkable another three or four. Production is small, as only 1,300 cases were produced.

95+ Points / Drinking 2015 - 2039

By Robert M. Parker, Jr. / April 2015