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(RP 90) - 2002, Chateau Bellevue, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux

Regular price $358.00

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (90 points) - "The 2002 Bellevue comes from a fabulous south-facing, bio-dynamically farmed vineyard situated between Beau-Sejour-Becot, Beausejour-Duffau, and Angelus. Produced by two of St.-Emilion’s wunderkind, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, it is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2002 may turn out to be too dry and over-extracted in the finish to merit a 90-point score, but there is a lot going on in this saturated ruby/purple-colored effort. An expressive bouquet of liquid minerals intermixed with red and black fruits, licorice, and truffles is followed by a medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion with high, astringent tannins that exacerbate an austere finish. If the wine builds texture in the barrel, which may well occur given the fact that this estate ages the wine on its lees, it will rate an outstanding score."