Chtateau Bellevue Mondotte 2014 .750L St. Emilion Grand Cru

Blend: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

JS94     James Suckling

Opulent aromas of blackberries, black mushrooms and cedar. Full-bodied and chewy yet this remains fresh with dark chocolate, berries and lovely acidity. A little tight now with the firm tannins — so give it three or four years to soften.

WS92    Wine Spectator
Very lush, with a long stream of succulent blackberry, fig and boysenberry compote notes that drape over a polished structure. A graphite edge buried on the finish lends balance, but this is all about fruit. Drink now through 2028.
RP91   Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Bellevue Mondotte was quite a difficult wine to pin down out of barrel (as is often the case, truth be told). Now in bottle, it displays a very voluminous and generous bouquet with ample black cherries, crème de cassis and vanilla pod aromas, the new oak still very much evident. The palate is full-bodied with thick chewy tannin that exert a vice-like grip in the mouth. This must be the most powerful and intense Saint Emilion of the vintage: heady, hedonistic, opulent and perhaps a bit garish. Yet there is purity here and the oak is in sync with the fruit. You can feel some warmth on the finish, but it conveys a sense of focus. It is dwarfed by the 2014 Pavie, but those that like "a lot of wine in their wine" will prefer the Bellevue Mondotte.
WE91 Wine Enthusiast
This is a rich jammy wine. Great black fruits and dark tannins are mixed with touches of chocolate and bitter coffee. It is dense, although with the acidity of the year it has a crispness that contrasts with the richness. Drink this ripe wine from 2026.