2012 bellevue mondotte, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Château Bellevue Mondotte is a small but mighty estate. It's known for producing only one wine, which features merlot along with trace amounts of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Château Bellevue Mondotte only releases 400 cases per year of its eponymous wine, with a single bottle retailing for ~$200.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The smallest of the Perse estates, this tiny property situated on pure limestone produces a wine made from a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the superstars of this vintage, the 2012 is opaque purple and exhibits tremendous concentration and richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered texture that builds incrementally without any heaviness or cloying characteristics. This is stunning, great, old-style, yet progressively made Bordeaux to drink over the next 25-30 years. The alcohol level is 14.3%.