An extraordinary effort in this vintage, this 2008 was made from lower yields than the 2010 (the 2008`s equaled 20 hectoliters per hectare) and is a blend of 90% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that came in at 14% natural alcohol. Michel Rolland has been the consultant for all the Perse estates since their acquisition, and the 2008`s fruit was harvested very late, October 20. The result is a backward, dense purple-colored wine revealing a crushed rock-like liqueur along with highly extracted, massive flavors of black currants, sweet cherries, licorice and toast. This full-bodied effort requires 5-6 years of bottle age and should last for 25-30 years.
(90% merlot with 5% each cabernet franc and sauvignon): Saturated ruby. Musky aromas of dark fruits, coffee, mocha, chocolate and potpourri spices. Concentrated but classically dry, offering no easy sweetness today in spite of its great ripeness. Lush and deep but also quite penetrating. Perhaps most impressive today on the palate-staining back end, which features huge, broad tannins and a chewy impression of solidity.
“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… This tiny jewel in the empire of entrepreneur and quality conscious Bordeaux visionary, Gerard Perse.”
–Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Although Château Bellevue Mondotte has a long history in Saint Emilion, its only began receiving significant praise until it was purchased by Gerard Perse in 2001. Although the vineyard for the chateau may be small, it is in close proximity to several other Saint Emilion estates owned by Perse such as Château Pavie, Château Pavie Decesse, and Château Monbousquet. Because of their location on the Right Bank, Bellevue’s limestone and clay soil vineyards are planted to 90% Merlot. The vineyard is located at the top of a plateau where it is southward facing to the Dordogne River valley resulting in the stunning levels of concentrated and velvety mouth feel in the finished product of the wine. Bellevue’s single Grand Vin is powerful and balanced, and produced with some of the ripest possible fruit. With that being said, they produce very low yields making the final product highly treasured and collected.
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