Inky black in the glass, with a nose of overripe banana, kirsch and sweet liquorice. The palate follows, with an extremely sweet, dense and jammy core that will only be for those who love the ripe, heady styles of the garagistes. Despite the sweetness and deep colour, the tannins are well managed, avoiding the puckering, rasping sensations that can often come with these wines. The chalky finish is bolstered by notes of danish pastries but is marked by warming alcohol.
|Score: 14.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Grapes for this wine come from the plateau and were harvested October 3, with yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare. Composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a 3.5 pH and 14.56% alcohol, the deep purple-black colored 2018 Bellevue Mondotte opens with alluring scents of Christmas cake, blueberry pie, chocolate-covered cherries and hoisin with nuances of Chinese five spice, iron ore, rose hip tea and cracked black pepper. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and totally decadent in the mouth, the palate has a plush texture and maintains that incredible freshness that defines these beautiful wines on the terrace—finishing with tons of spicy fireworks.
|Score: 95/97||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This has a real mineral undertone this year with lots of dark-berry, cherry and blueberry character. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. Excellent. Limestone coming through.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (241), April 2019|
The 2018 Bellevue Mondotte is a hugely promising wine that deftly balances fruit intensity and structure. Often a tannic, forbidding Saint-Émilion in the early going, Bellevue Mondotte is dark, sensual and incredibly inviting. The tannins are there, but they are pretty much buried by the opulence of the fruit. Dark red plum, rose petal, leather and spice all pulse with tremendous energy. The 2018 is an unusually racy, sensual Bellevue Mondotte. I loved it.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Blacker than black at the core. Super-intense and ripe but charry too. Thick, dense tannins, not harsh but so compact they need to unfurl. Savoury on the finish. Hard to believe the pH is as low 3.5 because the freshness is not particularly striking, but this is what I am told.
|Score: 16||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Bellevue Mondotte is a blockbuster that just jumps out of the glass with its crème de cassis, crushed violets, blackberry, and licorice aromas and flavors. It's powerful, opulent, and massively textured, yet never over the top or too much. It has building tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish.
|Score: 96/98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(90 Merlot, 5 Cabernet Franc, 5 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 100% new oak | 14.56% alc | 30 hl/ha Ripe and full and very sour and tannic, at least there is some fruit sweetness here beneath the absurd levels of oak and tannin. The fruit is, in fact, very attractive, but I have no idea how it will make its way out of this oak prison.
|Score: 16.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|