Loads of mocha red fruits and hazenut. Nuts too. Wild strawberries and violets. Full-bodied and juicy with dusty and fine tannins that spread across the palate. Lovely soft texture. Elegant and long at the end. Rich and juicy at the end. 98% merlot and 2% cabernet franc.
The 2022 Bél-Air Monange was picked from 8 to 20 September. It offers copious red fruit on the nose laced with graphite and sous-bois scents gaining complexity in the glass. I love the detail and delineation of this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-sculpted tannins that frame the layered mineral-rich fruit. Supremely focused with a surfeit of tension on the finish there's an abiding sense of harmony and completeness to this Saint-Émilion that feels draped in limestone. A wine befitting their eye-catching new château building.
Another beautiful vintage for this cuvée the 2022 Château Belair-Monange is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc coming from a mix of terroirs on the upper plateau and hillside vineyard just outside of Saint-Emilion. This dense plum-hued effort offers up an incredible bouquet of black raspberries chalky minerality spring flowers and graphite. Rich full-bodied and concentrated it has an incredibly sense of minerality a great mid-palate and enough structure to warrant a solid 7-8 years of bottle age.v
Aromas of blackberries cherry preserve black tea and licorice introduce the 2022 Belair Monange a full-bodied deep and powerful wine with a layered somewhat liqueured core of fruit powdery tannins and a long expansive and slightly heady finish. Perhaps because the vines are younger this is the cuvée in the Mouiex portfolio that shows the ripeness of the vintage the most this year.