Château Belair, 1998

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

Château Belair, 1998

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Pascal Delbeck Optimum Drinking: 2017-2018 Code: 102848
Estate Notes

Château Belair 1998 comes from a very good (but irregular) Bordeaux vintage, with some absolutely stunning wines produced on the right bank.

Château Belair 1998 is an increasingly rare label, the estate having been renamed Bélair-Monange in 2007 after it was purchased by JP Moueix (a Bordeaux négociant); the 'Monange' suffix being in honour of Jean Moueix's late wife (Anne-Adèle Monange).

Today, Belair comprises around 13 hectares of vines in close proximity to the great Ausone terroir on the St. Martin limestone plateau. All the hard work, as with all great wines, is done in the vineyard and grapes are handpicked and rigorously sorted. The wine is aged predominantly in new oak.


"Distinctly cool minty, floral nose hints at cabernet franc leafiness. Good texture and decent sweetness, but the slightly medicinal bitter cherry flavor shows a strong greenness and a dry edge, giving an impression of modest ripeness." Stephen Tanzer