2009 Bellevue, St-Emilion

SKU #1085129 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big, deep fruit, smoky tannins, but beautifully integrated, rich, packed with plum juice sweetness.  (4/ 2010)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/ 2012)

93 points 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.  (2/ 2012)

88-90 points 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.  (6/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

Owned by Angélus now. Great terroir. The wine is semi-old school, with fine acid balance, though a bit dry at the end.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2012  | Send Email
This was my favorite, and it only got better the next day. This is the second vintage for Hubert de Bouard since buying the property. A big wine but it showed a ton of layers. Rich, ripe red and black fruit on the nose along with dusty cedar, spice and minerality filled the palate. The tannins were polished but grippy with vivid acidity on the finish. This shows power and elegance, or as Clyde put it: “semi old-school” notes.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion