Château Bélair-Monange was born from the fusion of the vineyards of Châteaux Bélair and Magdelaine, both historic First Classified Growths of Saint-Émilion.
Tracing its origins back to Roman times, the vineyard of Château Bélair is situated at the highest point of Saint-Émilion’s famed limestone plateau. Château Magdelaine, a contiguous cru acquired in 1952, has always been renowned for the remarkable elegance of its wines. Château Bélair-Monange expresses the unique style of the greatest parcels of these two complementary terroirs.
An important restructuring of the vineyard was initiated in 2008 immediately following the acquisition of the estate by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix. Another wine embodying the inherent qualities of the vineyard – minerality, concentration of red berries, balance and length – emerged in 2014: Annonce de Bélair-Monange.
Produced in very limited quantities, Annonce enjoys the same attention as the Grand Vin: meticulous vineyard work undertaken with respect for the environment followed by a manual harvest once the grapes have reached optimal maturity. Vinification takes place in concrete and stainless-steel vats, where maceration and extraction are gentle and measured in order to allow the fruit its highest expression. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels.
Although Annonce exhibits great charm in its youth, a few years of cellaring or a few hours of decanting will be largely rewarded.
“It’s hard to believe that this is a second wine and it would certainly stand up confidently against many Grand Vins, even in this excellent quality vintage. More serious than the 2015, it has more depth to its dark fruits with swirls of licorice and smoke adding interest to the finish. I would give it a few years before opening – although it tasted great when this same bottle was tried again after 48 hours – and it has real potential for ageing. The definition of an insider wine and definitely worth getting hold of. 30% new oak. Drinking window 2021 – 2027.”
92 points, Decanter magazine (Jane Anson), March 2019