2003 Bellevue (St Emilion) 750ml

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WA 93   WS 91   IWC 88-91   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

This 15+ acre estate, situated on a south/southwest-facing slope, has been making sensational wines since 2000, when the management of the vineyard and winemaking were taken over by Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. The 40-year-old, bio-dynamically farmed vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The 2003 possesses superb ripeness as well as a stony, mineral liqueur-like intensity, a reticent but promising perfume of black raspberries, sweet kirsch, and blacker fruits, a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated attack and mid-palate, and a blockbuster, long, powerful, moderately tannic finish. It is an infant in terms of development. No doubt this site's clay and limestone soils were the perfect antidote for the summer's torrid heat and drought. This superb effort should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs.

Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Plenty of berry and cherry character with chocolate and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with soft and balanced tannins. Lovely balance. This is right next to Angelus and Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse. A small property with about 15 acres.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88-91

(nearly 90% merlot) Excellent ruby-red. Black fruits, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Quite juicy in the mouth, even a bit youthfully hard-edged, with very fresh blueberry, black cherry, licorice and mineral flavors. Has the energy of a wine from chalky soil. Vibrant finish features firm tannins and good persistence. This has a reasonable 3.4 grams per liter of acidity and a pH of 3.7, according to winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/29/2012
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Rating: 89
Author: Lou
Tasted On: 08/02/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Decanted for approx 2 hours. Nice nose of sweet red cherries, vanilla and cassis. Medium body and very soft on the palate with a clipped finish. This will probably get better with a few more years of bottle age but it's very approachable now. Decent QPR at $30.00.

Rating: 89
Author: Phil the Greek
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/22/2011
Nothing special, good solid St Emilion but there are much better around for < $$.

Average rating: 87, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1414 bottles owned by 266 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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