2008 Bellevue Mondotte 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2008 Bellevue Mondotte

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International Wine Cellar | 94

(90% merlot with 5% each cabernet franc and sauvignon): Saturated ruby. Musky aromas of dark fruits, coffee, mocha, chocolate and potpourri spices. Concentrated but classically dry, offering no easy sweetness today in spite of its great ripeness. Lush and deep but also quite penetrating. Perhaps most impressive today on the palate-staining back end, which features huge, broad tannins and a chewy impression of solidity.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 157

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Jancis Robinson | 17+

90% Cabernet, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.Rich, sweet dark damsons. Savoury, spicy. Very, very firm but not hard. Mouth-gripping at this point but has the fruit layer to fill it out in time. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 95+

An extraordinary effort in this vintage, this 2008 was made from lower yields than the 2010 (the 2008's equaled 20 hectoliters per hectare) and is a blend of 90% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that came in at 14% natural alcohol. Michel Rolland has been the consultant for all the Perse estates since their acquisition, and the 2008's fruit was harvested very late, October 20. The result is a backward, dense purple-colored wine revealing a crushed rock-like liqueur along with highly extracted, massive flavors of black currants, sweet cherries, licorice and toast. This full-bodied effort requires 5-6 years of bottle age and should last for 25-30 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 199

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Wine Spectator | 89-92

Shows aniseed, licorice and exotic fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of concentration and a long, rich finish. Very reserved.

Author: James Suckling


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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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