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2012 Belair-Monange St. Emilion

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WE96
  • WA95
  • WS94
  • JS94
  • ST93

Reviews

WE96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
(WE94-96 points) Barrel sample. Now incorporating the Magdelaine vineyard, Bélair-Monange is a fine, complex wine, dense and just austere. The wine is firmly in the tannic style—dark and brooding.
WA95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
(RP93-95 points) Aromas of licorice, black currants, kirsch, lavender, truffles and crushed chalk are present in the stunningly intense and precise aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and dense ruby/purple-hued with rich... (RP93-95 points) Aromas of licorice, black currants, kirsch, lavender, truffles and crushed chalk are present in the stunningly intense and precise aromatics. Medium to full-bodied and dense ruby/purple-hued with rich, flowing fruit and glycerin, the wine cascades over the palate with no hard edges. A superstar of the vintage, it should drink well for 20-25 years. Only 1,300 cases of this wine are made despite the incorporation of what used to be the St.-Emilion classified growth estate, Chateau Magdelaine (also owned by the Jean-Pierre Moueix family). Belair-Monange has come of age and since Christian Moueix’s son, Edouard, has made it his residence and assumed the responsibility of making it one of the key superstars of the Right Bank. The vineyard, situated next to Ausone, has always had fabulous potential, but it was rarely realized under the previous administration. About 50% new oak is used for this cuvee, which is largely Merlot with some very old vine Cabernet Franc (planted in the early 1900s). Two-thirds of the vineyard sits on pure limestone and the other third is on clay over limestone.
WS94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2013
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.
JS94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2013
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.
ST93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 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

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