Red

2003 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 68

  • jmoon Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 30, 2020 - Rich, ripe, quite open, strong fruit style, full bodied still. ok from pop n pour but improved over an hour or two. no hurry.

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  • djhammond Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 13, 2020 - Ready to drink, this is one of the better right bank performers from the vintage which really belonged to the left bank. It still benefits from a couple of hours in the decanter. The nose is deep with blackcurrant, blackberry, and plum, and really comes alive after some time in the glass. The tannin is quite prominent on the palate, but is resolved, and the finish is lengthy. It is an uncomplicated and very enjoyable wine, and great value for money if bought at the time. This should stay at this level for the next 5 years or so.

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  • advinm41 Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 12, 2020 - I enjoyed this wine.. classic Right Bank!! Nose of cherries, black currants, leather, cedar, tobacco, licorice, smoke, thyme.. Palate is full body, smooth, mostly dark fruits, licorice and tobacco, tannins are still quite present but not harsh, good acidity.. medium finish.. good value for the money

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  • djhammond Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 31, 2019 - This has really come into its own since my last tasting almost a year ago, and has hit its peak drinking window. My previous concerns about the tannic harshness on the palate have been answered. The wine still has a an opulent nose of blackcurrant and blackberry with lingering aromas, but on the palate the tannin has sweetened, and has great depth and a wonderful lengthy finish, if lacking depth. This is now drinking at its best, and should stay at this level for a few years. A lengthy decant is beneficial.

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  • mhudes Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 22, 2019 - Friday night dinner at Beth El. 2 hour decant. Dark red in color. Very Jammy nose. Dark fruit (plums, black currants and blackberries) on the palate with some spice and hints of cigar box. Rich, full bodied with subdued tannin. Almost brooding, yet always remaining in check. It certainly has a few more years.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    1/23/2008 (link)

    (Ch Bellevue St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2007, Issue #18 (link)

    (Château Bellevue) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2005 (link)

    (Ch Bellevue St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

    (Chateau Bellevue Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2010 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Bellevue (St Emilion)) Annoyingly, the first bottle from my six-pack was corked; thankfully the second bottle was free of any such taint. In the glass the wine displays a maturing hue, tinged with mahogany. The nose is just enticing, a real spice-market melange of cranberry, liquorice, black olive, charcoal, white pepper and more. Quite a firm style on the palate, not the soft and chewy style that I have encountered in the small handful of 2003s (which were from outside St Emilion) I have already tasted. In fact there is a lot of grip here, and a solid backbone of tannins too. Good, evolving suppleness in the finish though, rounding it off in a moderate texture, not too soft or plush though. And it is given backbone by a the wealth of charcoaly extact through the middle and into the finish here. It has a great, grippy length. This is very fine, and still on the way up. Leave a few years.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/3/2007 (link)

    (BELLEVUE ST. EMILION) Bordeaux Deal of the Year Dear Friends, Is this our greatest deal ever? It may be. On the heels of VinExpo, this is probably my greatest coup and a deal that was stumbled upon by happenstance. Sometimes a casual tasting can turn into something very special and you are now the recipient of an Christmas gift. Maybe the day before the 4th of July holiday isn’t the best time to offer a “deal of the year” but it’s my only chance so here goes... The tasting was put on by a Right Bank property to showcase the current vintages but also to see how the 2003 St Emilion wines were evolving. I will cut to the chase as I’m sure you have fireworks and your barbeque to think about - the 2003 Bellevue St Emilion (the wine we offer below) came in second. This wine has that extra-special something that lifts it above its peer group and its even better than the outstanding Parker review. It has an incredible sense of itself and it’s only going to get better. The only wine that was preferred over the Bellevue St. Emilion was Ausone, which came in first - not Cheval Blanc, Bellevue-Mondotte , Pavie , Troplong-Mondot, Canon-la-Gaffeliere or any of the other top entrants. The impression I was left with (and I was not alone) was the serious nature of this wine - it was not a mess of over-ripe, Zinfandel the way a few of the wines came across rather the product of a unique terroir that delivered the goods in 2003 with structure, breed and nobility - a dynamic quality was pervasive and it was clear this was a wine that would stand the test of time. The words “seems like a young 1947” were thrown around more than once. I can easily say this wine is one of the finest wines of the 2003 vintage, Right or Left Bank and I’ve tasted most of them on multiple occasions throughout their elevage and in bottle. The 2003 Bellevue St. Emilion is a testament to what organic and biodynamic viticulture can do and I only wish more of the Bordelaise would learn a lesson from this tasting. I put my money where my mouth is and purchased two cases for myself. To make a long story short, I set out to find a stash of this wine and the result is my early contender for Deal of the Year (yes, I’ve said that 20 times already this year but, for Bordeaux, this will be difficult to top). Directly from the Chateau with perfect provenance, on rare occasions I get what I ask for no matter how outlandish my price request may seem (half price seemed like an outlandish request at the time). As a result, at the price we offer below, this wine becomes one of the best buys left in the high-end big name Bordeaux market that has no end in sight for escalating prices: As the ultimate party or cellar special, I will relax the per-person limit to 24. I allowed myself to purchase 24 so I will allow you to do the same. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a price that’s almost absurd for this wine and as a true collector’s bargain: ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price with perfect provenance directly from the winery cellar: 2003 Chateau “Bellevue St. Emilion” (750ml) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord8880

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Bellevue
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru
  • UPC Codes 071570012748, 3412950889623, 761503243522

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 67 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,204 (61%)
  • Consumed 706 (36%)

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