2009 Château Bélair-Monange (Saint Emilion Grand Cru)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $131.94 (reg. $138.94)
"If readers are looking for the quintessential example of a terroir-dominated wine, this is Lesson 101 in terroir." - Robert Parker
Bordeaux is a family affair, and few family names carry the caché of Moueix. Over the course of three generations, the Moueix family has left an indelible mark on the right bank, perhaps best known for its illustrious Pomerol estates and management of the fabled Petrus. There’s more to Moueix than the Pomerol plateau and four-figure price tags, though.
The family also owns some prime real estate across the boundary in Saint Emilion, in the form of Château Bélair-Monange. We’ve got a tiny parcel of Château Bélair-Monange 2009, a triple 94-point blockbuster from the highest point in Saint Emilion and dubbed by James Suckling as “the best wine from this estate in decades. Maybe ever.”
Robert Parker calls Bélair-Monange a “tiny jewel of a property” and its situation at the peak of the region’s limestone plateau is hard to beat. Top terroiris one thing, though in the wrong hands quality can vary, and when the Moueix family acquired the estate in 2008 they invested heavily in turning things around. Per Parker, “they have admirably demonstrated just what this great terroir is capable of producing” and “it appears ready to compete with its near-by neighbor, Ausone”.
The Moueix name has become a byword for quality fine wine, in Bordeaux and beyond. Besides its longtime stewardship of Petrus, the family also owns and manages such illustrious estates as Trotanoy, La Fleur Pétrus, Hosanna and Latour à Pomerol – and that’s not to mention the iconic Dominus in Napa. The family business, operated by second and third generation Christian and Edouard, oversees one of the world’s most exclusive wine portfolios.
We only have a few cases of this "quintessential example of a true terroir wine" (RP), and it’s not going to stay there for long. Buy it now, sit on it for a decade and enjoy it until 2050. What are you waiting for? Cheers!