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Chateau Bellevue (St Emilion) - Bellevue (St Emilion) 2009

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: St Emilion
  • Wine Maker: Stephane Derenoncourt
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2015-2027
Duty/Vat Paid
Bin End Limited Stock: (1 btls)
WA: 92 to 94 (2009) VS: 88 to 90 (2009) JR: 16 (2009) WS: 88 to 91 (2009) JS: 93 (2009) NM: 93 to 95 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Bellevue reveals a rich, generous nose, with open, luscious, spicy fruit on the palate. As usual, this is a wine with a solid structure, yet we found a genuine refinement in the wine and juicy flamboyance.

Winery Information

Chateau Bellevue (St Emilion)

Ch. Bellevue has a long history which reaches back to at least the 17th Century, when the Fief de Bellevue was the seat of the Lacaze family. They were associated with the property as long ago as 1642, only relinquishing their ownership in 1938. Since that time the estate has been under the aegis of the de Conink and Pradel de Lavaux families, although its true renaissance has been a much more recent affair. This began in 2000..

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)92 to 94 pts

Wine Advocate # 188. Apr 2010. Reviewer : Robert Parker. A blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, this wine, which is made under the administration of Hubert de Bouard, tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Loads of chalky minerality from limestone soils are obviously present in this wine, which has a dense purple color, a viscous, full-bodied mouthfeel, huge fruit concentration, power, and structure. From yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is rather massive and backward in the mouth. It looks terrific and could turn out to be superior to their great 2000. However, patience will be required, as this wine needs 5-7 years of cellaring, but should last three decades. (Tasted four times.) Drink: 2015 - 2045.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)88 to 90 pts

May/Jun 10. By Ian D'Agata. (98% merlot with 2% cabernet franc). Bright ruby-purple. Cassis, raspberry and a hint of minerals on the pretty, floral nose. A juicy midweight with a fine-grained texture and a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, red cherry and herbal flavors. Not a big wine but stylish, subtle and nicely balanced, without any trace of overripeness. Finishes with chewy, chocolatey tannins.

JancisRobinson.com (2009)16 pts

Very dark and dry and distinctive with good minerality. Dense and not too drying. Sweet and full charm alert. When to drink : 2015 to 2027.

Wine Spectator (2009)88 to 91 pts

Updated: April 15, 2010. Lovely juicy and ripe fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and lots of bright fruit. Fresh jam. Slightly hollow center palate at the moment, but should fill in nicely. ?J.S.

James Suckling (2009)93 pts

Feb, 2012. Blackberry, with spices such as nutmeg and cloves follow through to a full body and fine tannins, with sweet fruit. Balanced and delicious. Best in 2017.

Neal Martin (2009)93 to 95 pts

Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, 93-95pts - "Tasted at Chateau Angelus. A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the Bellevue ’09 has a rounded, silky smooth nose of kirsch, orange liqueur, honey and cedar with fine definition and focus. This is a very classy bouquet. The palate is full-bodied with firm, structure tannins, very fine balance and focus, great purity and expression. Very good grip, a more masculine Bellevue but with greater breeding than in previous vintages, the minerality on the finish quite enthralling. Superb. Tasted March 2010."

Vinification Notes

Length of aging: 16 to 20 months. Barrels: 70 % new, 30 % 1 yr old. New harvest reception chain: 4 sorting tables; destemming but no crushing or pumping. Parcels vinified separately. Temperature controlled tanks with capability for punching down of cap. Indigenous yeasts. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Stirring of lees after malolactic fermentation. Reductive aging on lees: first racking after 6 to 10 months (before summer), second racking one year later before bottling.