96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Fresh, poised and intense with red-fruit aromas and a brush-stroke of chalk. Voluptuous fruit on the palate but plenty of energy and drive, the fruit juicy and refreshing. Plentiful tannins but very, very fine, the finish long and persistent. Pin-point execution. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2045
The 2019 Bélair-Monange is classy, polished and elegant. In recent years Bélair-Monange has come across as a bit pushed in terms of ripeness, but the 2019 impresses with its sublime balance. Silky, racy and inviting, Bélair-Monange has so much to offer. It is wine that makes its case with finesse more than power. Christian Moueix chuckles that thirty years ago he was criticized for picking too early, but today it is the exact opposite.
Robert Parker 95
Like Trotanoy, though of course not to the same extent, the 2019 Belair Monange is another of the richer, more powerful wines in the Mouiex portfolio this year. Offering up aromas of sweet cherries, wild berries, vanilla pod, plum preserve, warm spices and cedary new oak, it’s full-bodied, broad and muscular, with a deep and layered core of ripe, sun-kissed fruit that’s framed by lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2057