2009 Bellevue, St-Emilion
Big, deep fruit, smoky tannins, but beautifully integrated, rich, packed with plum juice sweetness.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made under the guidance of Hubert du Bouard, this blend of primarily Merlot and a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc (around 9%) from the limestone soils on the hillsides of St.-Emilion exhibits a dense purple color, lots of chalky minerality and a big, sweet perfume of boysenberries, blackberries, licorice and burning embers. It is full-bodied and opulent with an abundance of fruit, glycerin, power and silkiness. Some tannins lurking in the finish suggest a half dozen years of cellaring will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.
Plush, with linzer and casis notes harnessed by a plum skin frame, while sweet spice and toasted applewood notes flesh out the finish. Drink now through 2019. (Web Only - 2012)
Owned by Angélus now. Great terroir. The wine is semi-old school, with fine acid balance, though a bit dry at the end.