Bright dark red. Flowers and sweet spices complement strawberry and blackcurrant on the captivating nose. At once big and juicy, showing good sweetness and texture to the red and dark berry flavors lifted by peppery acidity. The finish is long and minty, with a repeating violet note. Though this wine struck me as much lighter and less complex than recent vintages of Belair-Monange, I also think it's potentially the most noteworthy outperformer in the J-P Moueix stable this year, along with Lafleur-Petrus.
Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Leafily fragrant, cedary. Lightish, dry, fine-boned and quite elegant. Making the most of the vintage limitations. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033
Robert Parker 90
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030