2010 Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93-96
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 90-93
James Suckling: 95-96
Red Wine


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"This sports the ample, fleshy, powerful core of the vintage, with dark blue and black fruits, but has extra drive, with mouthwatering acidity and lots of minerality cutting through on the finish. Shows great mouthfeel and purity." (WS)

"This 5-acre vineyard, purchased by Chantal and Gerard Perse in 2001, is planted with 90% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It sits on the plateau above Pavie Decesse and Pavie Macquin. Yields in 2010 were 24 hectoliters per hectare and the alcohol percentage is 14.3%. A dense purple hue is followed by aromas of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, boysenberries, kirsch and blacker fruits in the background. The wine possesses great ripeness, a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin and a massive style. It appears to be more evolved and forward than most Bellevue Mondotte vintages have been under the Perse administration. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20-25. " (WA)

"(90% merlot, 5% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc; 22 hectoliters per hectare; 14% alcohol) Opaque inky-purple. Clean, precise nose offers cassis, violet and cocoa. Juicy and intensely flavored, with sweet, vibrant dark berry and coffee flavors. Finishes with firm, building tannins and a peppery quality. Although there's no shortage of oak here, this Bellevue-Mondotte seems a lot less overextracted than some other recent vintages. I've never been much of a fan of this wine, but the 2010 looks like a winner." (IWC)

"This just takes off with amazing combination of drark fruits and insane acidity. Citrusy and wild. Full bodied and powerful yet it’s delicate and finesse. Owner Gerard Perse calls it sweet power! I agree.$$" (JS)