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Château Bellevue

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2018 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

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 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2016 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2015 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2014 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2013 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2012 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2011 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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2010 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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

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2009 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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2008 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2005 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2004 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2000 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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1937 Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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