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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Belair Monange

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Belair Monange, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2020

6x75cl £725.00

5 cases Equiv. £120.83 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Bélair-Monange, which incorporates the vineyards of Bélair and Magdelaine, occupies an enviable position on the limestone côte to the west of Chateau Ausone. We always taste this wine at the end of the JP Moueix tasting as it is so different from the style of the Pomerol range. Produced from 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 displays all the class of this great limestone terroir. Initially quite closed aromatically, then hints of its brilliance emerge: griotte, kirsch, Asian spice, clove, violets and graphite. There’s a restraint here, a beautiful line and energy, intense, detailed, very serious, chiselled, finely textured, a glorious wine, extremely serious, almost cerebral with a superb network of filigree tannins that indulge the palate with a long, precise flourish of refined fruits, minerals and a touch of complex liquorice and spices. Outstanding.

The gunsmoke character is immediately evident on the nose, as is richly expressed damson and raspberry fruit. This is pared back and held back right now, elegant, showing a seductive edge without trying too hard. The texture is pure, softly-brushed velvet, these tannins are front and centre but so fine and so precise that they don't get in the way of the fruit. Salinity from the limestone is evident on the finish, bringing a moreish juiciness and you can scrape your tongue against the pumice stone texture. Austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers. Love it. Harvest September 15 to 23. Could go up after tasting in bottle. 98-100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

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