Bellevue Mondotte St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Bellevue Mondotte, St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking . If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte History, Overview

In 2001, Chateau Bellevue Mondotte was purchased by Gerard Perse. At the time, Gerard Perse was already known for owning several Bordeaux vineyards in Saint Emilion including Chateau Pavie and Chateau Monbousquet.

Bellevue Mondotte is small jewel of a vineyard that is perfectly located, just east of the picturesque St. Emilion village. The vineyard is very close to the other St. Emilion estates also owned by Gerard Perse; Chateau Pavie, Chateau Pavie Decesse, and it is just a bit further from another Perse family owned vineyard, Chateau Monbousquet.

As the name implies, the vineyard is also not far from La Mondotte.

Chateau Bellevue Mondotte Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small, 2.5 hectare vineyard of Bellevue Mondotte is planted to 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is limestone and clay soils.

The vines are on average close to 50 years of age. The vineyard has a southern exposure. The tiny vineyard is on the top of the limestone plateau, with elevations that can reach 80 meters at its peak.

Even though the vineyard is quite small, it is divided into 3 main parcels. Due to drastic green harvesting and selection, this property has some of the lowest yields of any Right Bank Bordeaux wine estate.

In fact, the yields are probably lower than you will find at almost every Left Bank estate as well. It is not unheard of for Bellevue Mondotte to produce wines from as little as 15 hectoliters per hectare!

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After harvesting and intense sorting at Bellevue Mondotte, for the vinification of Bellevue Mondotte alcoholic fermentation starts naturally in temperature controlled, oak wood vats. This initial step is followed by a long maceration can, which can last up to seven weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.

The wine of Bellevue Mondotte is aged in 100%, new, French oak barrels for an average of 24 months. During the first six months, the wine rests on its fine lees.

The final blend takes place just before bottling,which is done without fining or filtering. Very little Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is produced each year. In an average vintage, production hovers at close to 350 to 400 cases of wine per year.

Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is a serious Bordeaux wine. Produced with stunning levels of concentration, extract and raw materials, the wine feels rich, opulent and velvety in your mouth.

This powerful, balanced and stylish Bordeaux wine is a liqueur of St Emilion that is produced from the ripest possible fruit coupled with intense minerality. Not much is made and it’s expensive.

But if Bellevue Mondotte is your style of wine, if you can afford it, the wine is worth the money for its unique expression of St. Emilion. On average, between 300 and 350 cases of Bellevue Mondotte are produced each vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Bellevue Mondotte, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Bellevue Mondotte offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Bellevue Mondotte with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Bellevue Mondotte is also a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

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Château Bellevue Mondotte Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97 pts

A deep shade, smoky and mineral driven with dark, ripe plums that remain on your palate for at least 60 seconds. This is focused, elongated and the fruit is pristine. The sensation of salt and rocks really pulls through here. This is a wine to cellar for a decade or so; it will be well worth the wait.

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2015Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95 pts

Inky in tint with oyster shell, florals and black and blue fruit perfume, this wine is a bit like Beyonce -- incredibly rich, lush, sensuous and polished with a blast of ripe, dense fruits in the finish.

95 points - Tasted
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2014Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

Flowers, cherry and stone on the nose, this wine is a continuous wave of concentrated, fresh cherries being crushed atop of a block of ancient limestone. This will need time. Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.52. Yields were only 20 hectoliters per hectare. 93-95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
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2013Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93 pts

One of the deepest colored wines of the vintage, with notes of licorice, espresso, black cherry and toast, the wine has a polished texture in its tannic black and blue fruit finish. Produced from miniscule yields of only 9 hectoliters per hectare, this is a very strong wine for the vintage. The wine is aging in 100% new French new oak. The wine reached 13.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.37. 93-94Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2012Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

With a deep shade of ruby, the wine is packed with fennel, crushed stone, flowers, espresso and ripe dark and red berries. Concentrated, rich and supple, the wine ends with ripe, juicy, sweet and polished plums and oak. 93-95 Pts

94 points - Tasted
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2011Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

Smoke, truffle, fennel, cocoa and dark cherry aromas lead to a plush, silky, soft wine with a lot of intensity and minerality for the vintage. Give this a few years to develop and it should be even better.

94 points - Tasted
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Deep in color with flowers, stone, blackberry liqueur, coffee, caramel, plum, chocolate mint and smoke, the wine is fleshy, big, dense and concentrated with layers of ripe dark berries. There is a lot of tannin, minerality and oak in the finish. This wine will require time to develop and come together. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2010Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

Coffee, licorice, smoke, oak, wet earth and blackberry liqueur scents flood your glass. Deep in color, the wine is powerful, rich and clearly expresses its limestone terroirs. There is a polish to the tannins, and an elegance to the powerful, ripe black fruits. But make no mistake, this is a wine to lay down. It is not going to be fun to taste for at least a decade or more.

96 points - Tasted
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Deep in color, licorice, stone, smoke, coffee and jammy dark berries pop from the glass. This thick, rich, intense, fresh, mouth filling St. Emilion ends with a long, pure, minerality based opulent, spice and plum liqueur finish. 95-96 Pts

95 points - Tasted
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2009Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97 pts

Opaque in color, with aromas of crushed rocks, blueberry, espresso and jammy black fruit; this fat, dense, intensely concentrated multi-layered, low acid St. Emilion wine was made to order for hedonists.

97 points - Tasted
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2009 Bellevue Mondotte is inky black. Blackberry, blueberry, spice rack, jam, smoke, and stone quarry aromas waft from the glass. Thick and dense, and filled with rich, round, concentrated layers of lush fruit, this intense wine has the texture of crushed velvet and silk, and a powerful, jammy berry finish. 96-98 Pts

97 points - Tasted
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2008Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

08 Château Bellevue Mondotte. This producer turned out a whopping 450 cases in 2008. This deep, ink colored elixir displays blackberry, truffle, coffee, smoke, and mineral notes in the perfume. The palate enjoys being slathered in layers of rich, ripe, blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry flavors. The pure, velvety, decadent finish remains for over 40 seconds. 94-97 Pts

96 points - Tasted
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2007Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92 pts

No need to hold off any longer. Pop and pour brings out the sweet, plum, licorice, smoke and coffee notes. The texture shows a lush quality,with a dark, plum finish and the sensations of of dusty tannins.

92 points - Tasted
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2006Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

Still holding on to its dark color, the wine is deep, rich and intense. There is a sweetness to fruit and a lot of crushed rock sensations in the powerful, intense finish. Give this 5-10 more years and this should be a super wine.

94 points - Tasted
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2005Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)98 pts

Inky in color, the wine is full bodied, intense, dense and concentrated with multiple layers of ripe, sweet, black fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, smoke and espresso. Still young, the texture really grabs you in the lingering finish.

98 points - Tasted
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Explosive aromatics of truffle, crushed stone, wet earth and ripe fruits open to an intense mineral driven, powerful, concentrated wine that remains on your palate for close to 50 seconds! This is intense, long, expansive and pure, but so very young. It will be better in 10, 20, or 30 years!

98 points - Tasted
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Inky and opaque in color. Minerals paired with licorice and sweet, ripe dark berries offer an intense perfume. Full bodied, concentrated and intense, the long finish ended with an ocean of velvet laced black cherries that seems to last forever.

97 points - Tasted
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2004Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

This could be the most intense and concentrated wine of the vintage. Youthful, fleshy, intense, lush and opulent, the wine delivers layers of licorice, espresso, black cherry, truffle and stone in every decadent sniff and sip.

94 points - Tasted
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One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage. Produced from yields of just 15 hectoliters per hectare, the wine, while still young is starting to become civilized with its licorice, black cherry, plum liqueur, earth, espresso bean and spicy perfume. Rich, full bodied, smooth and supple, the plush, polished, opulent finish leaves an impression of ripe, juicy, chocolate covered plums, earth and kirsch.

94 points - Tasted
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2003Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)99 pts

Deep in color, with lightening at the edges, the wine is powerful, concentrated and deep. There is an intense mineral element to the layers of perfectly ripe, exotic fruits. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Unlike many 2003 wines, this will enjoy a long life.

97 points - Tasted
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Smoke, caramel, coffee bean, blackberry liqueur, flowers, earth and tobacco open the perfume. This is so packed with fruit, tasters need to decide if they should eat it or drink it. The finish must last for more than 60 seconds with its endless array of dense layers of plum, blackberry and cassis.

99 points - Tasted
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Licorice, coffee bean, truffle, chocolate and black raspberry liqueur scents open to a flashy, fleshy, fun, full bodied wine that is a joy to drink. Still incredibly young, this is an intensely concentrated, lush, mineral driven, hedonistic St. Emilion.

97 points - Tasted
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Still deep, ruby in color, incense, smoke, black and blue fruits, licorice, mineral, coffee, caramel and truffle aromas, layers of fat, sexy, plush, ripe, polished, sweet and opulently textured fruit is found in the finish. This is developing into a beautiful St. Emilion. Give it a few more years for the tannins to continue melting away.

96 points - Tasted
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The incredibly inky, purple, black robe is as dark as night. Aromatics of melted blackberry liqueur with doses of coffee, cinnamon, licorice, blueberries and chocolate. The palate is thrilled as this amazingly concentrated, opulent wine spills over your senses. This is incredibly rich and sexy juice. The finish gives a text book example of plush. Still young with a big future ahead, when this wine matures, it's will offer an unbelievable tasting experience. This is the third time I've tasted this wine and each time it reminds me of 00 Pavie. I popped and poured the wine allowing it to develop in the decanter and glass for several hours. With air, it kept getting better and better. This is definitely sex in a bottle!

95 points - Tasted
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The perfume smells like molten, liquefied, blackberry liqueur with doses of coffee, cinnamon, licorice, blueberries and mocha. On the palate, this amazingly concentrated wine is so opulent, it's hard to believe. This is incredibly rich and sexy juice. Next to decadence in the new Websters, they have a picture of 03 Bellevue Mondotte. The finish is very, very plush.

97 points - Tasted
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2001Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

Medium bodied, elegant charmer, with a ripe, sweet, fresh plum, oak, earth, stone, licorice and floral character. Clearly, ready to drink and to deliver pleasure, this is not a wine with long term aging prospects. But it is a perfect charmer today.

90 points - Tasted
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Rich, fat, concentrated and packed with sweet, ripe, lusciously textured, black and blue fruits, along with a nose of licorice, smoke, caramel, plum liqueur and wet earth. This is one of the younger tasting 2001 Right Bank wines. It has potential to improve.

93 points - Tasted
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This wine continues to flesh out. The textures are softer, the wine feels fatter, yet with more velvety, sensuous qualities, since I last tasted it. Full bodied, potent and rich, with a true, licorice, black cherry, chocolate and plum personality. This should be very long lived for a 2001.

95 points - Tasted
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The wine is not for the oak averse, as strong notes of espresso bean and coconut remain. On the positive side, which overshadows the oak, the wine is fresh, youthful, concentrated, opulently textured and delivers a core of ripe and very ripe, boysenberry, blackberry and dark cherries, complicated by licorice, earth and blue fruits. You can drink this now, or age it for another 5 years.

94 points - Tasted
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Coffee bean, licorice, blackberry, boysenberry, stone, charcoal and tar create the complex fragrance. Rich, thick and concentrated with ripe, blackberry and cocoa, the wine ends with chocolate covered blackberry. Over the past few years, the wine seems to have exchanged some of its exuberant fruit for more minerality. Subsequent vintages offer even more concentration of fruit, but with more purity as well.

94 points - Tasted
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Opaque in color. Thick, rich, and deeply concentrated with layers of fat, sexy, ripe, black fruit, jam, licorice, blue fruit, vanilla, herbs and spices. Mouth filling textures are the hallmark of the wine at this stage. This is packed and stacked with pure ripe fruit.

96 points - Tasted
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