2005 Bellevue Mondotte 750ml

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2005 Bellevue Mondotte
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International Wine Cellar | 91-94

Bright ruby. Aromas of cassis, black raspberry and liquid graphite. Hugely concentrated but very backward, with exotic and extremely dark flavors of black fruits, licorice and violet. This has a surprisingly silky texture (a year ago it seemed to be a bit more chunky) but the major tannins are going to require considerable patience. Better than I thought last year, but not for the faint of heart.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 99

This tiny gem of a property, cropped at 15 hectoliters per hectare, is composed of 5 acres of 45-year old Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a tiny parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has produced one of the vintage's most compelling wines in 2005. Sadly, there are only 4,000 bottles of this inky/purple-hued St.-Emilion. It boasts an extraordinary perfume of graphite, blackberries, cassis, and sweet kirsch intermixed with notes of incense, spice box, licorice, and subtle wood. Stunningly rich with full body, zesty acidity, and high but velvety tannins, the final blend is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This monumental St.-Emilion requires a decade of cellaring, but it should last for 4-5 decades. It will unquestionably be one of the vintage's immortals.

Drink Dates: 2012-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 97

The crushed blackberry and raspberry are wonderful in this wine. Full-bodied, with superpolished tannins and loads of ripe fruit, toasty oak and coffee on the palate. Goes on and on. An opulent young red.

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: James Suckling


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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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