Drink: Now – 2030
Price: $110.63 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
The 2013 Belair-Monange from JP Moueix is adorned with a Merlot-driven bouquet as you would expect, albeit more plush than I anticipated: quite floral with rose petal littered over attractive redcurrant and black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin. No, it is not quite as detailed as the 2013 Trotanoy and perhaps comes across a little pinched on the finish, nevertheless there is decent weight and body here, a fine structure, and if graced with a couple of years in bottle it should drink well for 12-15 years. Though not achieving the level of Trotanoy, this should still drink well for several years.
– Neal Martin, Robertparker.com, Score: 91-93
The 2013 Belair-Monange has good depth for the year, although some rough edges remain, which is understandable considering the blend was finalized just two weeks before this tasting. Firm tannins support game, smoke, tobacco and dark red stone fruits. It will be interesting to see how the 2013 develops over the next year. There is an attractive juiciness, especially on the finish, that bodes well for the future.
– Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Score: 89-91
Fresh and bright with raspberry, chalk and stone aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Great surprise. Delicious already.
– James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, Score: 92
Bright, with damson plum, cherry pit and blood orange notes that are slightly crunchy along the edges, as perky acidity drives underneath. The finish picks up rooibos tea and perfumy floral notes before the chalky minerality strides in at the very end, giving this a slightly austere finish. A terrific effort in the vintage.–Non-blind Bélair-Monange vertical (December 2016). Best from 2018 through 2028. 1,200 cases made.
– James Molesworth, Winespectator.com, Score: 93