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Château Bellevue

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2023
94
The wine pops with aromas of roses, violets, cherries, plum, and cocoa. Balanced between its racy, and elegant side, the wine is long, vibrant, clean, and pure, with silky, velvet-tannins, and a refined character in the finish that sticks with you. While the wine feels light on its feet, the finish really holds on, leaving you with vivid, sweet, red cherries that linger. The key to the wine here is the length of the harvest as they spent 3 weeks picking 3 hectares of vines! Produced from 100% old, vine Merlot, 14% ABV. Drink from 2027-2045. 93-95 Pts.

The wine pops with aromas of roses, violets, cherries, plum, and cocoa. Balanced between its racy, and elegant side, the wine is long, vibrant, clean, and pure, with silky, velvet-tannins, and a refined character in the finish that sticks with you. While the wine feels light on its feet, the finish really holds on, leaving you with vivid, sweet, red cherries that linger. The key to the wine here is the length of the harvest as they spent 3 weeks picking 3 hectares of vines! Produced from 100% old, vine Merlot, 14% ABV. Drink from 2027-2045. 93-95 Pts.

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2022
95
Silky, vibrant, elegant, fresh, supple, and refined, the wine is layered with ripe, sweet, vibrant, red and black pit fruits. The concentrated finish, with its velvety-textures and layers of fruits hits all the right notes. Drink from 2026-2045. 94-96 Pts.

Silky, vibrant, elegant, fresh, supple, and refined, the wine is layered with ripe, sweet, vibrant, red and black pit fruits. The concentrated finish, with its velvety-textures and layers of fruits hits all the right notes. Drink from 2026-2045. 94-96 Pts.

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2021
91
Chocolate-topped cherries, flowers and spice fill the perfume. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, fresh and supple, finishing with salty-edged, polished, red fruits on the backend. The wine is made from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2024-2037.

Chocolate-topped cherries, flowers and spice fill the perfume. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, fresh and supple, finishing with salty-edged, polished, red fruits on the backend. The wine is made from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2024-2037.

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2020
95
Supple, sensuous and fresh, there is a vibrancy and purity to the fruits that makes you want to pay attention. Full-bodied, rich and generous, the wine feels as good as it tastes as it feels. The fruits linger and expand on your palate through to the finish. This is in contention for the best vintage of Chateau Bellevue I have ever tasted. It is so good now, it is impossible to resist. But, it is only going to get better with age. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2025-2050.

Supple, sensuous and fresh, there is a vibrancy and purity to the fruits that makes you want to pay attention. Full-bodied, rich and generous, the wine feels as good as it tastes as it feels. The fruits linger and expand on your palate through to the finish. This is in contention for the best vintage of Chateau Bellevue I have ever tasted. It is so good now, it is impossible to resist. But, it is only going to get better with age. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2025-2050.

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Flowers, black plums, cherries, licorice, wet earth and cigar box aromas create the beautiful nose. On the palate the wine is medium/full-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, sweet and polished. There is a gorgeous sense of purity to the fruit, opulence on the palate and in the finish that really works here. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. 94-96 Pts

Flowers, black plums, cherries, licorice, wet earth and cigar box aromas create the beautiful nose. On the palate the wine is medium/full-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, sweet and polished. There is a gorgeous sense of purity to the fruit, opulence on the palate and in the finish that really works here. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. 94-96 Pts

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2019
94
Soft, polished and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied and already displaying its core of flowers, espresso, crushed rock and plummy character. Medium/full-bodied, with chalky tannins and a chocolate coated, plum, mint, espresso and licorice finish, give this 100% old vine Merlot gem a few years in the cellar before pulling a cork. Drink from 2025-2045.

Soft, polished and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied and already displaying its core of flowers, espresso, crushed rock and plummy character. Medium/full-bodied, with chalky tannins and a chocolate coated, plum, mint, espresso and licorice finish, give this 100% old vine Merlot gem a few years in the cellar before pulling a cork. Drink from 2025-2045.

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Showing a nice deep color, the wine exudes a dark berry, truffle, chocolate and plum filled character. Round, lush, polished and concentrated, the finish offers length and complexity. 93-95 Pts

Showing a nice deep color, the wine exudes a dark berry, truffle, chocolate and plum filled character. Round, lush, polished and concentrated, the finish offers length and complexity. 93-95 Pts

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2018
95
Chocolate covered cherries galore here. Soft, silky, sexy, opulent and loaded with layers of dark cocoa covered black and red fruits, licorice and smoke. This feels just as good as it tastes. This gem will deliver fabulous drinking for at least 2 decades or more.

Chocolate covered cherries galore here. Soft, silky, sexy, opulent and loaded with layers of dark cocoa covered black and red fruits, licorice and smoke. This feels just as good as it tastes. This gem will deliver fabulous drinking for at least 2 decades or more.

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Dark in color, this wine is packed with cashmere textured, black, red, and blue fruits, licorice, cocoa and truffle. Opulent in nature with layers of velvet drenched berries, smoke, spice and chocolate, this is going to need at least 6-8 years or longer to begin expressing itself. Undoubtedly, this is the finest vintage ever produced here. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. 95-97 Pts

Dark in color, this wine is packed with cashmere textured, black, red, and blue fruits, licorice, cocoa and truffle. Opulent in nature with layers of velvet drenched berries, smoke, spice and chocolate, this is going to need at least 6-8 years or longer to begin expressing itself. Undoubtedly, this is the finest vintage ever produced here. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. 95-97 Pts

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2017
92
Satiny, sumptuous, ripe, medium/full bodied with heaps of sweet, dark plums, chocolate, licorice and wet earth, there is a softness to the tannins that engages perfectly with the delectable fruits. This wine is made from 100% Merlot.

Satiny, sumptuous, ripe, medium/full bodied with heaps of sweet, dark plums, chocolate, licorice and wet earth, there is a softness to the tannins that engages perfectly with the delectable fruits. This wine is made from 100% Merlot.

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2016
95
Silky, lush, round and concentrated with dark cherries, licorice, espresso, plums and wet earth, The wine is opulently textured, fresh and long, leaving you with a serious depth of flavor, silky tannins and layers of plummy fruits covered with dark chocolate.

Silky, lush, round and concentrated with dark cherries, licorice, espresso, plums and wet earth, The wine is opulently textured, fresh and long, leaving you with a serious depth of flavor, silky tannins and layers of plummy fruits covered with dark chocolate.

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Deep in color, this blend of 100% Merlot is all about the rich, silky textures, polished tannins, freshness, and the ripe, plush, plummy, mineral-driven finish with that touch of dark chocolate, spice and earth in the endnote. This could be the best ever wine from Bellevue.

Deep in color, this blend of 100% Merlot is all about the rich, silky textures, polished tannins, freshness, and the ripe, plush, plummy, mineral-driven finish with that touch of dark chocolate, spice and earth in the endnote. This could be the best ever wine from Bellevue.

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2015
93
The essence of a mineral-driven wine, with salty tannins, fresh, dark, plums, juicy, black cherry, anise and chocolate, this wine is silky, crisp and fresh. The wine was made from 100% Merlot.

The essence of a mineral-driven wine, with salty tannins, fresh, dark, plums, juicy, black cherry, anise and chocolate, this wine is silky, crisp and fresh. The wine was made from 100% Merlot.

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2014
90
With a touch of fresh-brewed espresso, earth and plums, this wine is forward, soft and open. Made from 100% Merlot, there is a nice touch of ripe red and black cherries in the finish. 89-91 Pts

With a touch of fresh-brewed espresso, earth and plums, this wine is forward, soft and open. Made from 100% Merlot, there is a nice touch of ripe red and black cherries in the finish. 89-91 Pts

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2013
89
Using 100% Merlot, there is an earthy smoke, licorice and black cherry quality to this forward-styled, medium-bodied, open wine. 89-91 Pts

Using 100% Merlot, there is an earthy smoke, licorice and black cherry quality to this forward-styled, medium-bodied, open wine. 89-91 Pts

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2012
91
Peppery, spicy, herbs and cherries open to a soft, forward, medium bodied, easy to drink, fresh, Merlot dominated, soft, chocolate, plummy wine.

Peppery, spicy, herbs and cherries open to a soft, forward, medium bodied, easy to drink, fresh, Merlot dominated, soft, chocolate, plummy wine.

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With its typical blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine pops with licorice, blackberry jam, truffle and stone aromatics. Ripe, sweet, lush and polished with good depth of flavor and a sweet, jammy blackberry personality, due to its high Merlot content, the wine is quite successful this year. 92-94 Pts

With its typical blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine pops with licorice, blackberry jam, truffle and stone aromatics. Ripe, sweet, lush and polished with good depth of flavor and a sweet, jammy blackberry personality, due to its high Merlot content, the wine is quite successful this year. 92-94 Pts

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2011
90
Chocolate covered black raspberries, smoke, licorice and espresso notes open to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry, plum and mineral driven wine.

Chocolate covered black raspberries, smoke, licorice and espresso notes open to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry, plum and mineral driven wine.

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With an assemblage the same as the cepage at 98% Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc, this wine is inky in color. With licorice, smoke, coffee, graphite, boysenberry, truffle and earth, the wine is plush, sexy and concentrated with sweet, ripe, dark, polished boysenberry. 92-94 Pts

With an assemblage the same as the cepage at 98% Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc, this wine is inky in color. With licorice, smoke, coffee, graphite, boysenberry, truffle and earth, the wine is plush, sexy and concentrated with sweet, ripe, dark, polished boysenberry. 92-94 Pts

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2010
91
Juicy ripe plums, coffee bean, licorice and earthy notes pair perfectly with the round textures, sensation of minerality and the plush, black cherry and cocoa filled finish.

Juicy ripe plums, coffee bean, licorice and earthy notes pair perfectly with the round textures, sensation of minerality and the plush, black cherry and cocoa filled finish.

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2010 Bellevue 98% Merlot with the remaining smidgeon Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from the recently acquired property located across the street from Chateau Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good, or better than much of the Angelus terroir. This opaque colored wine shows a perfume of licorice, minerality and spice. Rich, opulent textures concentrated with ripe spicy fruit, the wine ends with boysenberry, chocolate, mineral and fennel. 92-94 Pts

2010 Bellevue 98% Merlot with the remaining smidgeon Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from the recently acquired property located across the street from Chateau Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good, or better than much of the Angelus terroir. This opaque colored wine shows a perfume of licorice, minerality and spice. Rich, opulent textures concentrated with ripe spicy fruit, the wine ends with boysenberry, chocolate, mineral and fennel. 92-94 Pts

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2009
93
Round, lush, opulent and silky, the wine is richly textured, sensual and loaded with dark chocolate covered black cherries and licorice, with spring flowers, truffle a hit of espresso. You can drink this now or age it for more secondary notes.

Round, lush, opulent and silky, the wine is richly textured, sensual and loaded with dark chocolate covered black cherries and licorice, with spring flowers, truffle a hit of espresso. You can drink this now or age it for more secondary notes.

2,339 Views   Tasted
Coffee bean, licorice, blackberry, smoke, stone and chocolate scents create the perfume. Lush, round and soft in texture, the wine ends with a blast of licorice, cocoa and black cherries.

Coffee bean, licorice, blackberry, smoke, stone and chocolate scents create the perfume. Lush, round and soft in texture, the wine ends with a blast of licorice, cocoa and black cherries.

6,195 Views   Tasted
Licorice, truffle, smoke, earth and blackberry jam scents open to a rich, soft, low acid St. Emilion with freshness, stone and deep, ripe berries.

Licorice, truffle, smoke, earth and blackberry jam scents open to a rich, soft, low acid St. Emilion with freshness, stone and deep, ripe berries.

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With jam, coffee, stone and ripe black and blue fruit scents, this soft, round and opulently textured wine shows a touch of heat in the sweet, fruit filled finish.

With jam, coffee, stone and ripe black and blue fruit scents, this soft, round and opulently textured wine shows a touch of heat in the sweet, fruit filled finish.

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2009 Bellevue comes from recently acquired property across the street from Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good as much of the Angelus terroir. if not better. The inky colored wine, with its potent black raspberry, licorice, floral, and stone aromas, is enticing. Made from 99% merlot, it is full bodied, concentrated, and opulent. Low in acidity, the wine fills your mouth with dark berry flavors. 93-95 Pts

2009 Bellevue comes from recently acquired property across the street from Angelus. Hubert de Bouard thinks the terroir is as good as much of the Angelus terroir. if not better. The inky colored wine, with its potent black raspberry, licorice, floral, and stone aromas, is enticing. Made from 99% merlot, it is full bodied, concentrated, and opulent. Low in acidity, the wine fills your mouth with dark berry flavors. 93-95 Pts

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2008
90
The wine has firmed up over the past 12 months and is currently a bit tight. It requires effort and air to open and find its licorice, black cherry and crushed stone driven qualities. I'd let it sleep for at least 5 more years before popping a bottle.

The wine has firmed up over the past 12 months and is currently a bit tight. It requires effort and air to open and find its licorice, black cherry and crushed stone driven qualities. I'd let it sleep for at least 5 more years before popping a bottle.

5,498 Views   Tasted
2005
93
Just starting to show its lushly textured, black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, espresso and wet earth character. The tannins is soft, the fruit is sweet fresh and ripe, finishing with supple textured, dark red fruits, chocolate and cocoa.

Just starting to show its lushly textured, black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, espresso and wet earth character. The tannins is soft, the fruit is sweet fresh and ripe, finishing with supple textured, dark red fruits, chocolate and cocoa.

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2004
90
Medium bodied, elegant, supple, fresh and fruity, the texture was on the silky side, which I really liked. Not much density, but the sweetness and purity in the fruit was a pleasure. Fully mature, this is not a wine to hold for further development.

Medium bodied, elegant, supple, fresh and fruity, the texture was on the silky side, which I really liked. Not much density, but the sweetness and purity in the fruit was a pleasure. Fully mature, this is not a wine to hold for further development.

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Better on the nose, with its earthy, thyme and cherry profile, than on the crisp, tannic, red berry and olive palate.

Better on the nose, with its earthy, thyme and cherry profile, than on the crisp, tannic, red berry and olive palate.

2,990 Views   Tasted
2000
92
Smoke, mocha, herbs, plums, cherries, licorice and wild herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium bodied and elegant, with a dark chocolate and fresh plum finish. Splash decanted and poured, this is drinking at its peak. The wine softened in the glass after an hour or so, but it did not gain additional complexities and does not warrant further aging. I'd drink any remaining bottles over the next decade.

Smoke, mocha, herbs, plums, cherries, licorice and wild herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium bodied and elegant, with a dark chocolate and fresh plum finish. Splash decanted and poured, this is drinking at its peak. The wine softened in the glass after an hour or so, but it did not gain additional complexities and does not warrant further aging. I'd drink any remaining bottles over the next decade.

3,480 Views   Tasted
Filled with black raspberry, ripe plum, fresh herbs and crushed stone aromatics. Soft, supple, fresh and filled with perfectly ripe dark fruit, this is developing nicely.

Filled with black raspberry, ripe plum, fresh herbs and crushed stone aromatics. Soft, supple, fresh and filled with perfectly ripe dark fruit, this is developing nicely.

5,768 Views   Tasted
1937
80
Very smoky, with a rustic leaning, yet there was a lot of charm here in the remaining vestiges of bright, crisp, floral oriented, red plums. For a wine of this age, not so bad.

Very smoky, with a rustic leaning, yet there was a lot of charm here in the remaining vestiges of bright, crisp, floral oriented, red plums. For a wine of this age, not so bad.

2,310 Views   Tasted