2010 Chateau Bellevue (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89-92
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine


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"Still a bit powerfully raw, with dark roasted spice and licorice up front, followed by a large core of dark fig, plum and currant paste. Noticeably grippy through the long finish. Rather backward now, but with plenty of guts." (WS)

"From a fabulous location on the south/southwest slope near such notable estates as the two Beausejours and Angelus, this 15-acre vineyard has produced 1,500 cases from yields of 24 hectoliters per hectare. A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, it offers up aromas of crushed rocks, black raspberries, black cherries and cassis. An opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion displaying sweeter tannins than normal, this impressively endowed, pure wine is capable of lasting 20-25 years." (WA)

"2010 Bellevue 98% Merlot with the remaining smidgeon Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from the recently acquired property located across the street from Chateau Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good, or better than much of the Angelus terroir. This opaque colored wine shows a perfume of licorice, minerality and spice. Rich, opulent textures concentrated with ripe spicy fruit, the wine ends with boysenberry, chocolate, mineral and fennel." (JL)

"A beautiful core of ripe fruits and berries, with currants and spices. Full and silky. Very polished.$$" (JS)