There was a pre-lunch tasting of Belair-Monange 2012-2016 and also the 2015 & 2016 from their top Pomerols – HosannaLa Fleur-Petrus and Trotanoy.

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The creation, though that is not really the right word, of Belair-Monange is a well told tale. Essentially the Moueix family bought Belair, a very historic St.Emilion nextdoor to Ausone, and amalgamated it with what was Magdelaine to create Belair-Monange.

Belair-Monange 2012 – This was a great start, lovely berry fruit, richness but classily lifted richness. The acidity balances perfectly. Nice weight, another instance of an very good Merlot predominant 2012. Terrific wine.

Belair-Monange 2013 – Good nose, refined, very much red fruits, quite delicate. No way I’d think this was a 2013 from the nose. The palate is a little drier and a shade hollow but all in all this is good. Will be best drunk soon I think, the primary fruit is lovely.

Belair-Monange 2014 – Expressive and balanced, quite red fruits but with more depth on the palate, just a shade muted. Gives the impression of being nicely proper and rather complete. I like the feel of this.

Belair-Monange 2015 – A richer deeper colour and texture, the fruit is bold but well balanced with a good but not over powering structure. There is a ripe power to this. Exciting.

Belair-Monange 2016 – I tasted this only two months ago during En Primeur and really liked it, this can add to your expectation which is a danger. It is clearly so primary, juicily so, lovely elegant fruit and good lift and freshness, rich but lightly so! Pretty special.

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Hosanna 2015 – Creamily rich, quite decadent, a touch of herbal vermouth, some mint, quite high-toned but kept in check – good.

Hosanna 2016 – The best Hosanna yet in my opinion. The cooler vintage seems to balance the sometimes more extreme nature of Hosanna. Vibrant fruit here and great freshness, serious wine.

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La Fleur-Petrus 2015 – Juicy with a dash of rich compote fruit, nicely rich but balanced, quite dense, a wine where the texture tells you more right now, good structure, fruit weight and overall balance.

La Fleur-Petrus 2016 – Slightly more edgy than the 2015, a little more focus, a little redder and maybe a touch less richness, good drive and energy. Classy. These two vintages of LFP encapsulate the differences between 2015 and 2016.

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