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2010 Château Belair-Monange

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 313235-2010

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    An absolutely magnificent wine from Christian Moueix and his son Edouard, this wine is right up there with their 2009 and may eclipse it in terms of its potential longevity. Dense purple, with a near-liqueur of crushed rocks and chalk intermixed with blueberry, black raspberry and cassis, this wine is very full-bodied for a Belair, with ethereal complexity and impressive texture and length. I believe this is the first vintage of the wine to be released in an engraved bottle, which seems to be the direction of all the top estates in the Jean-Pierre Moueix stable. More evidence of concerned Bordelais attempting to stop criminals intent on producing fraudulent bottles of these limited production wines. Forget this baby for 7-8 years and then look for it to evolve over three decades-plus.
    Drink Dates: 2020-2050
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Arresting new red and white label. Mid crimson. Very rich, plump, sumptuous nose. This really is quite dramatic! Then firm on the palate - a very strong statement of intent to age. Relatively rich for a Moueix St-milion though much more restrained and classical than most of its peers elsewhere. Dry finish with good balance though clearly quite a lot of alcohol. The tannins are definitely present. This is much less dense than the more caricature style of this appellation.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2030
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Deep ruby-purple. Sexy, aromatic nose combines ripe red cherry, cassis, Oriental spices and sandalwood. Sweet and supple on entry, then slightly tougher in the mid-palate, with chewy flavors of black fruits, licorice and dried herbs accented by a persistent floral note. I really liked this wine's overall balance and sneaky concentration. A very fine Belair-Monange that ought to age splendidly.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Solidly built, with the chalky spine running from start to finish, while the core of red currant, raspberry and black cherry fruit is held in reserve. Shows a lovely floral flash through the finish, where the chalky edge really starts to emerge.
    Drink Dates: 2020-2035
    Author: James Molesworth
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  • Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

    White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

    Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

    The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

    Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 75 bottles owned
    • 10 collectors