Bélair-Monange 2020 En Primeur: “outstanding”

  • “Strict yet utterly compelling,” says Neal Martin.
  • The wine has been released internationally at £1,450 (12×75).
  • The 2017 and 2009 vintages offer good value for money.

The 2020 Château Bélair-Monange has been released internationally for £1,450 per 12×75, 15.1% more than the current Market Price of the 2019.

The 2009 presents a compelling in-bottle alternative to today’s release, boasting the same Benchmark Critic scores but available for less. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical opinion

Today’s release received a range of 95-97 points from Vinous critics Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni and The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.

Martin said that, “the 2020 Bélair-Monange continues its impressive run of form under the JP Moueix family, having rapidly ascended to the highest rank within the Saint-Émilion appellation”.

According to Galloni, this “exceptional” wine, “will reward readers with several decades of thrilling drinking”.

James Suckling rated it 97-98, noting that it is, “very fine-grained with a fascinating finish”.

Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) saw potential for perfection in the wine, awarding it 98-100 points.

Jane Anson (Decanter) gave it 99-points and said it was, “austere in all the right ways, with just the most incredible depth and layers”.

Fair Value

Prices for Bélair-Monange show strong correlation to Benchmark Critic scores.

The 2017 and 2009 vintages carry the same critic score of 96-points from Neal Martin but are available well below the 2020 release.

The 2019 vintage, which has the highest Benchmark Critic score of 97-points, also offers good value at £1,260 per case.

 

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