International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($30-$35) Good fresh dark red. Smoky dark berries, cherry and menthol on the aromatic nose. Supple, sweet and juicy, with aromatic, nicely delineated red berry and cherry flavors enlivened by harmonious balancing acidity. Finishes with dusty, slightly dry-edged tannins.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 87Even the brilliant partnership of Thienpont and Derenoncourt could not create an outstanding wine in this difficult vintage. Herbaceous stone fruit characteristics are noticeable in this medium-bodied effort. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine is solidly constructed, with plenty of tannin, body, and muscle, but it lacks charm, flesh, concentration, and depth. It can be drunk over the next dozen years. An up and coming potential superstar, this 15+ acre, south-facing vineyard (40-year old vines) planted on pure limestone (near Beau-Sejour-Becot and Beausejour-Duffau) is impeccably run and farmed biodynamically by St.-Emilion's and Pomerol's two wunderkind, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephen Derenoncourt.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Slightly short but some attractive berry and milk chocolate character with a good dose of wood. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish.Author: James Laube
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15Some underripeness on the nose. Very chewy and aggressive on the palate. Far from harmonious at the moment.Author: Jancis Robinson
The vineyards of Chateau Bellevue are located around a hilltop of hard rock, on one of the slopes of Saint Emilion. At the hill's summit on the chalk plateau, the vineyards neighbor the Premier Grand Cru Classe estates of Beausejour-Becot and Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse. The vineyards are also adjacent to those of Premier Grand Cru Classe estate Chateau Angelus at the base of the hill. At the top of the slope, the soil (of marine origin), is rich in magnesium and iron and it contains quite a high percentage of clay. Closer to the base of the hillside the soils are sandy with a little chalk and therefore more acidic. This diversity of soils and their variety of terroirs all contribute to the complexity and nobility of the wines produced by Chateau Bellevue.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 13 bottles owned
- 4 collectors