2009 Bellevue Mondotte (St-Emilion)

St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Closure Style
drink or keep
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Wine Score
95-100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2010
90-92 points, Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2010
87-88 points, Jean-Marc Quarin, quarin.com, April 2010
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2009 Bellevue Mondotte (St-Emilion)

Media Reviews

Robert Parker

There is virtually none of this wine to be found, as it is Gerard Perse’s tiniest property, a five-acre parcel on a high limestone plateau at an elevation above that of Pavie Decesse and nearby Pavie Macquin. The vines average 47 years of age, and the blend here is 90% Merlot and the rest split between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields were a meager 22 hectoliters per hectare, and the alcohol is 14.5%. This wine is fermented in oak tanks, malolactic in barrel, aged on its lees, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. A brilliant wine, opaque blue/purple in color, with an extraordinary nose of the essence of wet rocks intermixed with a floral perfume aspect, it displays enormous creme de cassis, mulberry, and boysenberry fruit, full-bodied opulence, viscous texture, tremendous purity, yet a vibrancy and vivacity due to the unusual vintage conditions, which have provided both massive concentration and huge tannins, yet clarity, precision, and elegance. This is a monster wine that shou ld drink well for 30 or more years. 95-100 points

Neal Martin

Picked on the same day as Pavie-Decesse (12th October), cropped at 22hl/ha, a blend of 90% Merlot with 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, this has a rich, opulent bouquet. black toasty fruit cloaked in warm alcohol, with hints of fruitcake and fresh fig emerging with time. The palate is full-bodied with dense tannins, though I think there is more minerality and sense of terroir coming through (at least at the moment) than the Pavie-Decesse. There is just a touch of dryness on the finish with creme de menthe and cassis lingering. Again, an opened bottle is showing more freshness and vigour. Tasted March 2010. 90-92 points

Jean-Marc Quarin

Showing a lovely intense, dark, purple color, this wine offers a fruity, fresh, creamy, ripe and floral nose. Quite thick on the palate, it develops over coated tannins. The aromatic expression is a somewhat over-simple on the mid-palate. Good length on finish . I expected more. 87-88 points

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