Saint Emilion - Chateau Belair-Monange
Château Bélair-Monange, named until 2007 Château Belair, is a Bordeaux vineyard from the appellation Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, ranked Premier grand cru classé B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde. The estate was considered a leading producer of Saint-Émilion until the 20th century.
Internationally renowned, Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix has become a hallmark for the top wines of Bordeaux. The company is the largest wine merchant on the Right Bank, distributing fine wines from Bordeaux and California worldwide. Family run since 1937, Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix is also the owner and producer of several prestigious crus, including Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Trotanoy, and Château Hosanna in Pomerol; Château Bélair-Monange Premier Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Émilion; and, in Napa Valley, California, Dominus Estate and Ulysses.
In the vineyards, the Director of Properties and his large team of permanent vineyard workers tend each vine with care, monitoring each by hand throughout the year. There is a considerable focus on soil health and maintenance using precise plowing methods. The Bélair-Monange vineyard area extended 12.5 hectares with a grape variety distribution of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. Once the Moueix family took over, they removed the few, remaining old vines of malbec and petit verdot. They also instituted a vast, replanting program.
Of the grand vin Château Magdelaine, there was normally produced 3,000 cases, and the second wine, formerly called Château Saint Brice renamed Les Songes de Magdelaine, had an annual production of approximately 2,000 cases.