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95 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Here is a wine that makes a strong first impression. The dense color is inky black with purple highlights, and its aromatic diversity ranges from jammy blackberries, black currants and a basketful of black cherries to intense notes of roasted meat. There is also a well-defined woody element in this wine of great distinction. An sensation of density is felt upfront on the palate, together with a tight structure and good mouthfeel. A fine level of acidity is also present to give support and a measure of freshness in the mid-palate. There is great maturity here and the influence of terroir shows additional great promise. This wine can continue aging for at least 15 years more, so patience is called for. A wine of such great potential deserves careful keeping to ensure full enjoyment in years to come.
About Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte :
The acquisition of Château Bellevue-Mondotte in 2001 by Gérard Perse is the latest episode in a passionate process, strictly based on the quality of the chosen terroirs, whether they are prestigious, such as Château Pavie, or little known, such as Clos Lunelles or Château Bellevue-Mondotte.
Partly enclosed by Château Pavie-Decesse, on the clay-limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion, Château Bellevue-Mondotte truly benefits from an “immense” terroir, as Gérard Perse likes to emphasize. Overlooking the Dordogne valley by more than 80 meters, the small estate (2.5 hectares) combines in an optimal way the qualities required for a high-level viticulture: natural poverty of the soils, excellent sunshine thanks to the southern exposure, natural drainage of the grounds because of the slope, very little gelling character of the vineyard protected from the northern wind.
In the vineyards as well as in the cellar, the Perse spirit reigns with a lot of rigor, passion and attention, with the aim of elaborating the most beautiful harvests for the most precise vinifications. The annual production is very small, around 400 cases. The teams of Gérard Perse harvest the grapes by hand before vinification in thermo-regulated wooden vats and an 18 to 24-months ageing period, 80 to 100% in new barrels. The result is Château Bellevue-Mondotte, a dense, well-defined Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, with blackberry, cherry, blackcurrant and the toasted notes of its breeding. The tannins are present but well-framed and speak in favor of long cellaring, over 15 years.
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