2005 Bellevue (St Emilion) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Bellevue has only been making terrific wine since 2000, which probably explains why they were not upgraded to a grand cru classe in St.-Emilion's most recent reclassification. This small (15.5 acres), south-facing hillside vineyard has such outstanding neighbors as Angelus and both Beausejours. Additionally, it boasted Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt as managers, who represent uncompromising viticulture and winemaking at its best. The winemaking team is likely to change as the estate was recently sold to Angelus. The 2005, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, is a wine for true connoisseurs. It possesses a dense purple color to the rim along with a huge perfume of camphor, charcoal, graphite, blackberries, cassis, raspberries, and a liqueur of rocks-like component. Super-concentrated with chewy richness as well as enormous tannins, it, along with Ausone and Clos de Sarpe, may be St.-Emilion's most backward wine. More of a long distance runner, it will provide little near-term pleasure.

Drink Dates: 2017-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($93-$105) Bright ruby-red. Sweet cherry dominates the nose. Suave, sweet and spherical; a slightly high-toned fruit bomb, with flavors of cherry, blackberry, currant, crushed rocks and blackberry. An intriguing floral quality gives this very ripe wine a light touch and excellent back-end lift. Very easy to taste today, but this superconcentrated wine is likely to close down in the bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Powerful aromas of coffee, licorice and blackberry follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins, a long, flavorful finish and a mineral, chocolate and aniseed aftertaste. Has a balanced, caressing texture.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: jab
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/09/2012
Drink Dates: 2014-2020

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 95
Author: Daniel B440
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 10/05/2009
I thought this Red Bordeaux was amazing. Smooth and satisfying with a great finish.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 93
Author: Bernadette
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/02/2009
Site Blog: darlingville Quite pungent on the nose with rich, dark berry aromas. Somewhat high in tannins for my taste as a standalone wine, but very well executed.

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Rating: 92
Author: Yilmaz Oztanir
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/02/2009
Still tight but promises to be a big wine. Tannic but should smooth out in couple of years.

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Rating: 91
Author: Jay M664
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/02/2009
Dark purple with a great nose of cassis, tobacco, leather and a hint of blackberry. Very tight, firm tannins and plenty of acidity. Even with double decanting, it took some time in the glass to open up and was a pleasure to drink. HUGE potential with a few more years.

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Average rating: 85, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1220 bottles owned by 221 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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