2011 Belair-Monange St. Emilion
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JG 96
  • WE 95
  • NM 93
  • JS 93
  • WA 92
  • WS 92

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JG 96
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, March 2012
Christian Moueix explained that 2011 was the first vintage where the harvesting was organized here to target old vines of a similar age to be picked together, as he went along with the harvesters pointing out which... Christian Moueix explained that 2011 was the first vintage where the harvesting was organized here to target old vines of a similar age to be picked together, as he went along with the harvesters pointing out which parcels to pick this year. As he noted, “it is pretty difficult for even a well-trained harvesting team to be able to tell the difference between a forty and a seventy-five year-old vine, but each can reach optimal ripeness at slightly different times, so it was important to help them differentiate between various ages of old vines in the vineyard at Bélair-Monange this year.” Having done so, Monsieur Moueix is confident that the 2011 Bélair-Monange is the finest wine he has yet produced from this superb estate. The brilliant nose offers up a cool and classy mélange of red and black cherries, a bit of raspberry, menthol, a touch of tobacco leaf, nutskin, utterly refined soil tones and a very suave and discreet base of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and tight, with a very soil-driven personality, a rock solid core, superb focus and balance and a very long, ripely tannic and laser-like finish. This is unequivocally one of the wines of the vintage this year! (Drink between 2025-2075)
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
(WE93-95 points) Barrel sample. The wine shows dryness and concentration, with a core of austere tannins. Its juicy character slowly emerges.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2012
(NM91-93 points) The 2011 Belair-Monange is a little more thrust on the nose compared to the more feminine Magdelaine. It offers a red fruit profile with floral aromas, the creamy oak a little more pronounced but not... (NM91-93 points) The 2011 Belair-Monange is a little more thrust on the nose compared to the more feminine Magdelaine. It offers a red fruit profile with floral aromas, the creamy oak a little more pronounced but not obfuscating the sense of terroir emanating from the glass. Over five minutes it attains wonderful cohesion and purity. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins on the entry. It has a lovely balance with tensile tannins; poised and refined with a lovely build towards the finish that has good weight and sinew. All focus and finesse.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
Lots of ripe-strawberry character with raspberry undertones. Full body with round, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. This is very special for the vintage. Impressive. Try in 2017.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
It is amazing how things have turned around for this tiny jewel of a property adjacent to Chateau Ausone. Production has been cut back and the selection process has become deeply serious as just over 1,500 cases were... It is amazing how things have turned around for this tiny jewel of a property adjacent to Chateau Ausone. Production has been cut back and the selection process has become deeply serious as just over 1,500 cases were produced in this vintage. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 offers gorgeous aromas of kirsch, crushed rock, raspberries and subtle oak are followed by a medium-bodied, concentrated mouthfeel that suggests low yields and impeccable winemaking. A star of the vintage, it should be forgotten for 4-5 years and drunk over the following two decades. 92+ - Robert Parker
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2014
A restrained, elegant style, with a core of pure cherry paste, accented by singed vanilla, lightly mulled blood orange, tobacco, chalk and incense notes. The long finish let's the chalky edge play out without overt... A restrained, elegant style, with a core of pure cherry paste, accented by singed vanilla, lightly mulled blood orange, tobacco, chalk and incense notes. The long finish let's the chalky edge play out without overt austerity, revealing an echo of black tea on the finish. A classy, intellectual wine. Best from 2016 through 2028. 1,400 cases made. –JM
JJB 94
Eddie Wolowski - JJ Buckley, January 2015
Carmine red rim with a deep core. Opens with an alluring nose that combines floral elements with red berries and spice - pliant and subtle, but seduces just the same. This just glides onto the palate with an array of... Carmine red rim with a deep core. Opens with an alluring nose that combines floral elements with red berries and spice - pliant and subtle, but seduces just the same. This just glides onto the palate with an array of vibrant red fruits, minerals, and rose petals. It displays a good sense of verve, though it’s delicate with very gentle and lingering tannins on the finish. Medium bodied with a cashmere like texture, the 2011 Belair Monange is very elegant and finesse driven, showing aristocratic breed. Like a trip to the moon on gossamer wings! Almost Burgundian in a sense, yet classic Bordeaux in style. Very pure and alarmingly delicious, this is a super precise effort. Drink this beauty young with some decanting or hold and follow over the next 5-15 years. It will reward and fill out further with some short to mid-term cellaring, but hard not to drink now, it’s already thrilling!
JJB 93
Jeff Loo - JJ Buckley, April 2012
Planted to 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc on 7.5 hectares of limestone soils at a vine density of 6600 vines per hectare the majority on south-facing slopes near Ausone. Average vine age is 40 years. Yields have been... Planted to 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc on 7.5 hectares of limestone soils at a vine density of 6600 vines per hectare the majority on south-facing slopes near Ausone. Average vine age is 40 years. Yields have been significantly reduced for the most recent vintages. Dark purple core yet the wine saw little extraction time. Aromas of red and black fruits jasmine and saddle leather along with Asian spice and licorice. Layers of chocolate and cigar box flavor the midpalate as the fine grained tannins develop and the acidity keeps things moving. There is a wonderful balance to the palate showcasing the terroir. A nice follow up to the 2010. From the Moueix family of wines. Enjoy 2015-2025..
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2011