Ch. Belair-Monange 2017 Saint-Émilion
James Suckling: 94-95
A compacted and seamless young wine with ripe and fine tannins, focused dark fruit and a flavorful finish. A beauty.
Neal Martin: 94-96
The 2017 Bélair-Monange is fast-becoming the jewel in the crown of J-P Moueix, and also the home of Edouard Moueix and his family. It has a very perfumed and winsome bouquet, so pure and delineated with crystalline red cherries, crushed strawberry and very subtle cassis scents that are sutured with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. Tensile from the start, this Bélair-Monange conveys a sense of tension and energy that lingers on the aftertaste, a touch of white pepper leaving the tongue tingling 30 seconds after it has departed. This is an assured, and bewitching Saint-Émilion, one that is really beginning to fire on all cylinders.
Antonio Galloni: 94-97
The 2017 Bélair-Monange is shaping up to be a real gem. Flamboyantly ripe and exotic, the 2017 possesses terrific richness and aromatic intensity. Charcoal, menthol, licorice, plum, and black cherry infuse this sumptuous yet mid-weight Saint-Émilion. Bélair-Monange is a wine of tremendous power and intensity, but is also on the riper side of things. “Psychologically, it is very hard to drop crop when many of your neighbors have lost yield because of the frost,” Christian Mouex told me. “But we knew it was the right thing to do.”