Rather toasty today, with mocha and baker's chocolate notes weaving around the dense core of black currant and plum sauce. Flashes of hoisin sauce and tar add a nicely edgy feel on the long, dense finish, which needs cellaring to unwind fully. But there's some serious minerality buried here, so this will be worth the wait. Best from 2015 through 2030.
An absolutely magnificent wine from Christian Moueix and his son Edouard. 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. Forget this baby for 7-8 years and then look for it to evolve over three decades-plus
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.
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