2018 Belair-Monange St. Emilion
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
2018 Belair-Monange St. Emilion
  • JS 99
  • WA 98
  • JD 98
  • WE 97
  • DC 97
  • VN 96
  • WS 95

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JS 99
jamessuckling.com, April 2019
(98-99) This is very linear and structured in a classical way for Bordeaux with a very focused and tight core of beautiful fruit that gives an agile and vivid palate of pretty fruit and bright acidity, not to mention the...   (98-99) This is very linear and structured in a classical way for Bordeaux with a very focused and tight core of beautiful fruit that gives an agile and vivid palate of pretty fruit and bright acidity, not to mention the ultra fine tannins, which deliver a seamless and limitless finish.  
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021
Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Belair Monange rolls effortlessly out of the glass with gregarious scents of black cherry preserves, stewed plums and...   Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Belair Monange rolls effortlessly out of the glass with gregarious scents of black cherry preserves, stewed plums and boysenberries, plus suggestions of Indian spices, rose oil, Ceylon tea and garrigue, with a waft of tilled soil. The rich, seductive, full-bodied palate is laden with black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Wonderfully hedonic and conceivably drinkable now, give it 4-5 years in the cellar to allow the earthy/savory nuances to fully emerge from within the fruit and drink it over the next 25 years or more. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown  
JD 98
jebdunnuck.com, March 2021
An incredible expression of Merlot grown on limestone soils, the 2018 Château Belair-Monange (90/10 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) sports a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, flowery...   An incredible expression of Merlot grown on limestone soils, the 2018 Château Belair-Monange (90/10 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) sports a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, flowery incense, chalky minerality, and white truffle. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it's a serious 2018 offering integrated oak, ripe yet building tannins, and one hell of a great finish. The finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted, it's a wine to seek out and hide in the cellar for a good 5-7 years. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years.  
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast, April 2019
(95–97) Barrel Sample. Graceful Merlot shines in this wine. It has fines touch of tannins and acidity that come through to give the wine freshness and structure. It is elegant but with enough power and density to age well.
DC 97
Decanter, April 2019
A gorgeous wine, with concentrated power offset by lift and lyricism. It fully expresses the character and personality of its location on the limestone plateau, showing real juiciness and a focussed minerality, with...   A gorgeous wine, with concentrated power offset by lift and lyricism. It fully expresses the character and personality of its location on the limestone plateau, showing real juiciness and a focussed minerality, with extremely flavourful crushed raspberry and blackberry fruits, and touches of peony and rose on the nose. This is delicious, graceful, spicy and persistent, with notes that spiral both downwards and upwards. The violet reflections are off the chart. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/bordeaux/chateau-belair-monange-st-emilion-1er-grand-cru-classe-b-29425#UZ2F0gwvAvi7mjJk.99  
VN 96
Vinous, November 2019
(VN 94-96 points) The 2018 Bélair-Monange has a plush and generous bouquet: raspberry, redcurrant, warm bricks and light truffle aromas that perhaps cannot compete with the minerality of the Trotanoy tasted alongside...   (VN 94-96 points) The 2018 Bélair-Monange has a plush and generous bouquet: raspberry, redcurrant, warm bricks and light truffle aromas that perhaps cannot compete with the minerality of the Trotanoy tasted alongside. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry. This Saint-Émilion is endowed with great depth, the tannins saturated and lending its impressive volume. It just requires a tad more tension and detail towards the finish. Nevertheless it will surely mature with style and grace. This is a 2018 barrel sample that showed a lot of melioration in the glass, hence my final score. -- Neal Martin  
WS 95
Wine Spectator, March 2021
Restrained style, with gently mulled currant and black cherry notes forming the core while hints of anise, applewood and sweet tobacco peek through on the finish. Long, fine chalky minerality extends the finish as the...   Restrained style, with gently mulled currant and black cherry notes forming the core while hints of anise, applewood and sweet tobacco peek through on the finish. Long, fine chalky minerality extends the finish as the fruit plays out gracefully. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2036. – JM  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2018
Size 3L