2009 Bellevue Mondotte (St-Emilion)

Origin
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Merlot
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
12
Wine Score
100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2011
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)

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Robert Parker

The inky/blue/purple-colored 2009 Bellevue Mondotte offers aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice, white flowers, forest floor and candied cherries. Extremely thick, rich and full-bodied, it is nearly overwhelming in its textural richness, colossal concentration and mind-blowing finish that lasts nearly a minute. Undeniably massive and over-sized, but perfectly balanced, it is made for those looking for something to put away for 30-50+ years. One has to admire a proprietor who is making a wine for the history books, not for near-term gratification. 100 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

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

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