2007 Chateau Bellevue Mondotte
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $139.94 (reg. $179.94)
If you regularly buy high-end Right Bank Bordeaux, chances are you know who Gerard Perse is. If you’re still reading this, you’re probably a fan of his signature style, typified by modern Château Pavie.
You may not be quite so familiar with his smallest property, Château Bellevue-Mondotte. With just a few hundred cases produced, it can be tricky to find, but we’ve got our hands on a small parcel of the RP94-point 2007 Bellevue-Mondotte 2007. Over a decade old, it’s in a terrific drinking window, and it comes at a considerable discount to other vintages from this cult estate.
If you know your French vocabulary, the estate’s name should give you some idea of its situation within Saint Emilion. High on the limestone plateau, it’s got a belle vue of the area that gives its name to both La Mondotte and Troplong Mondot. Just a few vine rows separate Bellevue Mondotte from fellow Perse estates Pavie and Pavie-Decesse. Suffice to say, this is some serious Saint Emilion terroir. Per Robert Parker, it’s “a magnificent property and terroir, but so little of this cuvee is made that few consumers ever get a chance to sample it”.
While Saint Emilion of this caliber rarely if ever comes cheap, the 2007 vintage presents a considerable saving vis-à-vis the more celebrated vintages in recent memory. Per Parker, “most consumers will probably love the style of the vintage’s top wines because they are so flattering, seductive, and fruit-forward”. Bellevue-Mondotte 2007 ticks all three of those boxes, without a doubt.
Over a decade on from the vintage date, this is a real find for any serious right bank collector. The Perse influence has been palpable at Bellevue-Mondotte, and they've delivered two RP100 scores (2005 and 2009) in their brief history. This 2007 flies a little under the radar but has all that Perse quality at a much more accessible price. We have just a few cases on hand, direct from Bordeaux in pristine condition, so snap it up while you can. Cheers!