reviewsJames Suckling 96-97/100
Tight and minerally with tar, currant, and wet-earth aromas and flavors. Medium-to full-bodied. Some salt and white pepper to the black fruit. Black olives, too.
Wine Advocate 96-98/100
The 2019 Bélair-Monange, currently undergoing extensive renovation, was picked from 19 September to 3 October and matured in 50% new oak. It certainly leans upon red fruit on the nose with vivacious wild strawberry, cranberry and Morello scents, wonderful mineralité emerging with aeration. This really repays patience. Monitoring it over an hour it uncovers more black fruit - keeps you on your toes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins and a sensual silky texture that belies the sheer depth of this Saint-Émilion. It fans out with abandon on the finish - just an outstanding wine that will offer drinkers many years of pleasure.
98% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc this year. A 3.5ha vineyard in Saint Emilion, this 2019 left me speechless, what a wine. There’s impressive fruit concentration, the tannins precise and the acidity adding perfect balance. There’s an underlying savoury character which I really enjoyed with a long length. This property continues to improve year on year, if that’s even possible, I loved the 2018 as well.