A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Belair Monange has a flamboyant nose of potpourri, Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and sandalwood over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves with a waft of dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and seductive with oodles of freshness and layers of floral and spice notions, finishing long.
Score: 96-98/100Robert Parker
A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Belair Monange has a flamboyant nose of potpourri, Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, hoisin and sandalwood over a core of creme de cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry preserves with a waft of dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and seductive with oodles of freshness and layers of floral and spice notions, finishing long. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com
Score: 96-98/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown
A real success in the vintage, from an estate unaffected by frost. This wine is showing some beautiful floral notes, followed by a palate with lingering aromatics that tease. The well-handled, rich but flexible tannins lend an austerity that bodes well for ageing. The wine really opens up in the glass, and although it's a tighter effort than in the past few years, they are staking their claim to be among the best St-Émilions on the plateau. This is a gorgeous wine, and that austerity is going to fill out beautifully during barrel ageing.
Score: 95-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2026 - 2040
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.
Score: 94-96/Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2023 - 2045
A compacted and seamless young wine with ripe and fine tannins, focused dark fruit and a flavorful finish. A beauty.
Score: 94-95/100James Suckling
Ripe and fresh, featuring delightful plum and raspberry fruit pushing outward, while light savory, mineral and red licorice notes add range through the finish. Sneakily long, with the minerality showing some stamina.—J.M.
Score: 92-95/100Wine Spectator
Coming from separate vineyards located both on the limestone-driven upper plateau and the slightly more clay and limestone hillsides, the 2017 Château Belair-Monange checks in as 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in roughly 50% new oak. It's a gorgeous wine on all accounts and has more depth and richness than most. Cassis, crushed flowers, cherries, spice, and earthy notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, layered, complex 2017 that has juicy acidity and sensational purity of fruit. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 10-15.
Score: 92-94/100Jeb Dunnuck
Inky crimson. Cassis dominates the nose. Tannins are so supple already and the whole is caressing and gorgeous even with the Moueix 'house style' of dark, minerally restraint. Lovely long, dry finish. (JH)
Score: 17-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: Drink 2024-2035