2001 Bellevue Mondotte

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
  • 94 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 70 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 70548-2001-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($150-$190) Good bright ruby-red. Fresh, slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. At once sweet and gripping, with spicy flavors of currant, plum and minerals. Finishes with substantial fine tannins and very good length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    First year and a hell of wine. Like Vintage Port. Perhaps slightly overdone, but impressive. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and tannins. Mouthpuckering but outstanding. A modern interpretation of an ancient style of wine. Blockbuster. 90 percent Merlot, 5 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Don't ask the price, which will be out of this world.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The newest baby of Gerard and Chantal Perse, this 5-acre vineyard (with vines averaging 45 years of age) was acquired in 2001. A blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (similar to Pavie-Decesse), it was cropped at a tiny 15 hectoliters per hectare, enjoyed a seven week maceration period, was aged in 100% new oak, the first six months on its lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered after 24 months of aging. There are only 4,500 bottles of this elixir. While not as complex or delineated as Pavie or Pavie-Decesse, it is opulent, even voluptuous, with a heady perfume of ink, black fruits, truffles, and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, expansive, and velvety-textured, this huge, sweet, chewy St.-Emilion boasts great concentration and texture. Drink it during its first 15-18 years of life, although my instincts suggest it will live a lot longer.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Very deep colour, but again far too ripe. Why? Chewy essence of pastiche. Completely over the top and dried out.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 135 bottles owned
    • 15 collectors