Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2001 is a magnificent wine with a regal crimson color that promises exceptional concentration from the very first pour. The nose initially appears closed-in but opens up beautifully with aeration, revealing a complex and elegant bouquet with notes of overripe black fruit, roast coffee, and strong spice, especially pepper. The aromatics are on a level with the greatest wines of Bordeaux. The palate offers a massive and well-knit structure with ripe and elegant tannins that are in perfect balance with a delicious, mouth-watering freshness on the finish. The terroir's complexity begins to show through, and the wine is expected to age beautifully for the next 10-15 years. It is also enjoyable young and pairs well with rare meats such as grilled rib of beef or roast pigeon. Overall, Chateau Bellevue Mondotte 2001 is a wine that embodies the excellence and refinement of Bordeaux winemaking.
Robert Parker - 94 Points
"The newest baby of Gerard and Chantal Perse, this 5-acre vineyard (with vines averaging 45 years of age) was acquired in 2001. A blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (similar to Pavie-Decesse), it was cropped at a tiny 15 hectoliters per hectare, enjoyed a seven week maceration period, was aged in 100% new oak, the first six months on its lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered after 24 months of aging. There are only 4,500 bottles of this elixir. While not as complex or delineated as Pavie or Pavie-Decesse, it is opulent, even voluptuous, with a heady perfume of ink, black fruits, truffles, and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, expansive, and velvety-textured, this huge, sweet, chewy St.-Emilion boasts great concentration and texture. Drink it during its first 15-18 years of life, although my instincts suggest it will live a lot longer."
Antonio Galloni - 90 Points
"Good bright ruby-red. Fresh, slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. At once sweet and gripping, with spicy flavors of currant, plum and minerals. Finishes with substantial fine tannins and very good length."