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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte  2001
Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte 2001
(search item no. 92590)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $309.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Decanter rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"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."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
94 Points

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About Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte:

Until recently, tiny Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte, nestled on the Pavie plateau, was virtually unknown by wine connoisseurs. The size of the vineyard - just 2.5 hectares - was undoubtedly the main reason for this involuntary anonymity. However, the second part of the chateau's name, reminiscent of its famous neighbors La Mondotte and Chateau Troplant-Mondot, gives us an idea of Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte's exceptional terrior.