Bellevue Mondotte 2006

St Emilion, Grand Cru

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Tasting Notes

Displays intense aromas of bright fruit and fresh flowers, with hints of just picked herbs. Full-bodied, with vanilla, berry and cherry character and chewy tannins. A solid wine. Best after 2012.

Score: 93

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2012+ 30 June 2009

Deep, bright ruby. Flamboyant nose combines liquid graphite, tropical dark chocolate, licorice, violet and roasted oak. Dense and powerful if a bit youthfully musclebound, even monolithic, with superconcentrated dark fruit and chocolate liqueur flavors. This very full wine showed a lusher texture with air, with a total absence of any rough edges. Finishes with big, chewy, spreading tannins that reach the front teeth. A rock-solid and very impressive young Saint-Emilion that needs at least five years to burn off some of its baby fat.

Score: 92

Stephen Tanzer, 01 May 2009

This tiny, 5-acre vineyard with nearly 50-year old vines produces only 4,000 bottles from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The broodingly tannic, backward 2006 is remarkably concentrated, pure, and deep. It is an amazing tour de force in winemaking, but like nearly all the Perse 2006s, it is a massively built vin de garde with no compromises meant for serious connoisseurs and long-term cellaring. Forget it for 7-8 years, and drink it over the following 25-30.

Score: 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2016-2046 01 February 2009

This tiny (5 acres; 4,000 bottles produced) jewel is the ultimate vin de garage estate. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from 46-year old vines and incredibly low yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, the 2006 flirts with perfection. It possesses amazing power, precision, elegance, purity, richness, and just about anything else anyone could desire in a young Bordeaux. It will require 5-6 years of bottle age, and should evolve for three decades or more. Bravo!

Score: 96 - 100

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2012-2037 30 April 2007

Dark but lively crimson. Enclave in Pavie Decesse. Just slight overripeness on the nose but lovely texture - very supple and with macerated mulberry character - Opulent texture. Tarmacadam - very exotic - some freshness this year - much more approachable than most vintages because of the lift on the finish. Quite a hot finish. Perhaps Pavie Decesse is a little more comfortable to drink?

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2017-2030 18 April 2007

This tiny vineyard comes from the Gerard Perse stable. Old vines averaging 45 years are planted on pure limestone on a slope above the other two Pavies. This is the definition of ultra-modern winemaking - exceptionally low yields (just 18hl/ha) and late harvesting (1 October), 80% new oak. 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvigon. Very intense in colour with thick legs. A powerful nose of saddle leather and spice followed by masses of thick fruit and oak, building in the mouth. All the components are there in bulk but the texture is very smooth. A very grippy tannic, high acid finish. Not subtle!

Score: 91 - 94

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2007