This tiny, 5-acre vineyard with nearly 50-year old vines produces only 4,000 bottles from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The broodingly tannic, backward 2006 is remarkably concentrated, pure, and deep. It is an amazing tour de force in winemaking, but like nearly all the Perse 2006s, it is a massively built vin de garde with no compromises meant for serious connoisseurs and long-term cellaring. Forget it for 7-8 years, and drink it over the following 25-30. Rating: 95+
Displays intense aromas of bright fruit and fresh flowers, with hints of just picked herbs. Full-bodied, with vanilla, berry and cherry character and chewy tannins. A solid wine. Best after 2012.
“Undeniably massive and over-sized, but perfectly balanced, it is made for those looking for something to put away for 30-50+ years. One has to admire a proprietor who is making a wine for the history books, not for near-term gratification… This tiny jewel in the empire of entrepreneur and quality conscious Bordeaux visionary, Gerard Perse.”
–Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Although Château Bellevue Mondotte has a long history in Saint Emilion, its only began receiving significant praise until it was purchased by Gerard Perse in 2001. Although the vineyard for the chateau may be small, it is in close proximity to several other Saint Emilion estates owned by Perse such as Château Pavie, Château Pavie Decesse, and Château Monbousquet. Because of their location on the Right Bank, Bellevue’s limestone and clay soil vineyards are planted to 90% Merlot. The vineyard is located at the top of a plateau where it is southward facing to the Dordogne River valley resulting in the stunning levels of concentrated and velvety mouth feel in the finished product of the wine. Bellevue’s single Grand Vin is powerful and balanced, and produced with some of the ripest possible fruit. With that being said, they produce very low yields making the final product highly treasured and collected.
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