2006 Chateau Bellevue Mondotte

Year: 2006
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 92+
Jeff Leve: 94
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"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. –JS" (WS)

"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." (WA)

"($395) Deep, bright ruby. Flamboyant nose combines liquid graphite, tropical dark chocolate, licorice, violet and roasted oak. Dense and powerful if a bit youthfully musclebound, even monolithic, with superconcentrated dark fruit and chocolate liqueur flavors. This very full wine showed a lusher texture with air, with a total absence of any rough edges. Finishes with big, chewy, spreading tannins that reach the front teeth. A rock-solid and very impressive young Saint-Emilion that needs at least five years to burn off some of its baby fat." (VM)

"Still holding on to its dark color, the wine is deep, rich and intense. There is a sweetness to fruit and a lot of crushed rock sensations in the powerful, intense finish. Give this 5-10 more years and this should be a super wine. 94 points - Tasted May 25, 2016" (JL)