2003 Bellevue Mondotte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Bellevue Mondotte
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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

($190) Deep ruby-red. Full-blown aromas of mocha, truffle and nutty oak, with an exotic suggestion of apricot. Fat, sweet and fine-grained; impressively rich and deep but could use a bit more mid-palate lift. Today I don't find much primary fruit, but then this wine may still be in shock from the recent bottling in February. Finishes with dusty, somewhat tough tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 98

An exquisite jewel in Chantal and Gerard Perse's Right Bank empire, Bellevue-Mondotte is a tiny, 5-acre parcel of 45-year-old vines planted on the limestone plateau above Pavie-Decesse and Pavie-Macquin. It is composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. I tasted the 2003 on three separate occasions, one of which merited a three-digit rating. Sadly, there are only 4,000 bottles of this prodigious effort. Possessing relatively high alcohol (14.5%) for a Bordeaux, it is an amazing blend made from 15 hectoliters per hectare. A dense, viscous-looking purple color is accompanied by a sweet perfume of blackberries, espresso roast, fried lard, and pain grille. Full-bodied and massively rich with decent acidity and plenty of structure as well as tannin, this youthful 2003 should hit its stride in 3-5 years, and last for three decades. This may be what the great 1929s or 1947s tasted like at age three.

Drink Dates: 2009-2036
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 92

Beautiful aromas of blackberry, coffee and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft, round tannins and a long, rich finish. Supersilky. 480 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 99
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/04/2013
Site Blog: mac_h
Score: 98
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation Aromatics were DEEP, w/ plumb, touches of prune, and decadent chocolate that sparked like lightning rods through the nostrils. Sexy, jammy blackberry preserve filled a gorgeous palate that was marked w/ power, richness and purely ripe hedonism. The generous texture allowed the wine to glide away effortlessly to a 1 minute finish. The proprietors of Bellevue coaxed a seamless marriage of fruit and wood. WOW!

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More Vintages and Sizes of Bellevue Mondotte:

2008 (750ml)

About This Producer


Acquired in 2001 by Parisian supermarket-tycoon-turned-controversial-Bordeaux-garagiste Gerard Perse, Chateaux Bellevue-Mondotte is nestled high on the pure limestone plateau above Pavie and Pavie-Decesse in St. Emilion. Along with its aforementioned neighbors, Bellevue-Mondotte joins Monbousquet on highlight reel of Perse's Right Bank empire. The second part of Bellevue-Mondotte's name pays homage to its other famous neighbors, La Mondotte and Chateau Troplong-Mondot, and the exceptional terroir on which it sits.

Robert Parker has referred to Bellevue-Mondotte as the "quintessential garage wine." The miniscule 2.5 hectare vineyard produces some of the smallest yields in all of Bordeaux. The blend is usually dominated by Merlot, with hints of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and delivers serious modern Bordeaux with spectacular levels of intensity and concentration, lavish aromatics and an expansive, unctuous palate.

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