2004 Bellevue Mondotte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2004 Bellevue Mondotte
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International Wine Cellar | 89

($210-$225) Bright red-ruby. Brooding, primary aromas of black fruits, licorice and leather, with a hint of espresso. Juicy and tightly wound, with somewhat bound-up flavors of black cherry and licorice. Less fleshy and ripe than the Pavie-Decesse that preceded it; gives the impression of being more "worked." Not an easy style. Finishes with slightly drying tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 95

A spectacular garagiste effort from a five-acre, 45-year-old vineyard (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon), the 2004 Bellevue Mondotte was fashioned from yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare. The result is an opaque purple-colored wine of provocative richness and intensity with an extraordinarily thick, juicy style, and unbridled amounts of creme de cassis, black cherry liqueur, a structured minerality, and sexy, toasty new oak. This full-bodied, powerful, extravagant, fascinating St.-Emilion is nearly over the top. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, and tipping the scales at nearly 14% natural alcohol, it should drink well for 20-25 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 171

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Wine Spectator | 91

This is really beautiful, with crushed blackberry and plum. The nose is intense. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and an aftertaste of berry, new oak and light earth.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 90
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation One of my favorites of 2003, this vintage unfortunately did not show nearly as well as the previous. Aromas of incense, Asian spice and a lot of heat were immediate impressions, and the palate exposed the over-extraction w/ a lack of expected fat and unctuous sensations that this wine typically brings to the table. There was little charm and the tannins concluded w/ a chalky texture that punctuated the woody flavors of the wine. It seems that 2003 played right into Perse?s hands w/ this particular style of a micro-cuvee, but that type of vinification doesn'tseem to work w/ the 2004 set of climactic conditions. I hope the palate will fill out in time (could be another example of the irregular showings in the 'Pavie phenomenon').
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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