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2012 Belair-Monange St. Emilion

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • RP 95
  • WE 94
  • JS 94
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93
  • NM 93

Reviews for 2012 Belair-Monange St. Emilion

RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
95+ 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... 95+ 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. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
This is a perfumed and generous wine with great tannins and a strong minerality. This is the first year that wines from the former Château Magdelaine were also included in Bélair as the two estates were... This is a perfumed and generous wine with great tannins and a strong minerality. This is the first year that wines from the former Château Magdelaine were also included in Bélair as the two estates were amalgamated. It’s dense, complex, balanced in character yet still with fruitiness of the vintage. Drink from 2024.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
Wonderful wine for the vintage with firm and silky tannins, savory and ripe fruit as well as hints of earth and mushrooms. Chalk and citrus undertones. Full body and a beautiful finish. Addition of Magadeline vineyards... Wonderful wine for the vintage with firm and silky tannins, savory and ripe fruit as well as hints of earth and mushrooms. Chalk and citrus undertones. Full body and a beautiful finish. Addition of Magadeline vineyards shows promise and expanded quality. Better after 2017.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2015
This is marked by a pleasantly firm chalky thread which frames and carries the core of pure damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit. Light floral and alder notes hang in the background, while the minerality... This is marked by a pleasantly firm chalky thread which frames and carries the core of pure damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit. Light floral and alder notes hang in the background, while the minerality stretches everything out on the finish. Refined, restrained, long and should cellar well. Best from 2017 through 2027. — J.M.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2013
(IWC90-93 points) Ruby-red. Expressive nose combines red plum, black cherry, mocha, flowers and cinnamon. Sweet and silky on the palate, with lovely inner-mouth complexity to the spicy red and dark fruit flavors. The... (IWC90-93 points) Ruby-red. Expressive nose combines red plum, black cherry, mocha, flowers and cinnamon. Sweet and silky on the palate, with lovely inner-mouth complexity to the spicy red and dark fruit flavors. The creamy finish features assertive yet polished tannins that hit the palate very late. This struck me as having a great deal more finesse and charm than usual, perhaps due to the contribution of Magdelaine to the Belair component (Magdelaine was merged with Belair-Monange by owner J. P. Moueix in 2012). - Ian D'Agata
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM91-93 points) The Belair-Monange has a very opulent bouquet with copious red berry fruit, incense, kirsch and a touch of orange blossom that is well-defined, quite modern in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a... (NM91-93 points) The Belair-Monange has a very opulent bouquet with copious red berry fruit, incense, kirsch and a touch of orange blossom that is well-defined, quite modern in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety smooth entry and here I prefer the style of this Saint Emilion. It is very silky in texture, very harmonious, tensile and full of nervosite towards the finish. Very fine.