Red

2015 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • DFBW Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 6, 2022 - Slipped this into the middle of a dinner of slow cooked lamb at friends amongst some average Rhône reds. No one seemed to notice the difference but I did! Bloody delicious even this young. Smooth as smooth silk. Full and rich with a velvety texture. This wine will be special in 7-10 years time (if I have any left)..

  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 9, 2022 - Such a baby.....but have been checking in on some BDX '16s recently so why not try another '15, too?

    Pnp'd to zero barnyard and a beautiful sweet violet nose.....replaced over 1 hour by more savory notes of forest floor and bay leaf type herbs. Medium weight in the mouth, very dark garnet in the glass. Initially slightly tart fruit and fine grainy tannins, but over the 3 hours the grainy aspect of the tannins receded with some mild tongue drying astringency remaining. Red/black plum fruit with gentle spice emerges nearing 4 hours. It takes center stage. While this is quite good, there is still more integration to go and more points left on the table. Cork going back into the bottle and will re-visit tomorrow on Day 2 with an addendum to follow here.

    As an aside.....the more I sample these BDX '15s and '16s, the more I feel a kinship to our own Napa '15s and '16s performance-wise. Both very good vintages, yet both so very different. Both the Napa and the BDX '15s seem a bit restrained and 'testy' to me, they need more coaxing while the '16s drink more luscious and fruity and are generally easier to enjoy. The '15s from both regions seem on the whole to need more time than the '16s do, to be at their best. At least at this stage. 5 hours in and this just starts to come together and the fruit intensifies further, gains a point to 93+/94.

    Last sips at 6+ hours of air were the best. Fruit (dark red cherry) really opens with clean delineated notes and the wine overall is more in balance.
    Let's see what tomorrow brings! Great minerality here. It's working its way toward a 95.

    Addendum-2nd Day: Initially slow ox'd for 6 hours yesterday, cork back into the half bottle that was left and set on the kitchen counter at 70 deg for another 18 hours before removing the cork today, right at 24 hours since initially opening. Initial impressions? Deep, dark, grainy fruit profile. Much like a Las Piedras Vineyard cab. Heavier weight in the mouth now. Initial thoughts were.......this wine peaked at 6+ hours of air time last night....over the course of 4 more hours tonight, the wine calms down, opens up with more air and turns again to more dark red fruit. The first 2 hours it plays out like the 6th hour last night, just not quite as precise or cleanly focused....the 2nd 2 hours it turns a bit more astringent again. All told, I think I prefer the 5th-6th hours last night as far as clarity of fruit and most balanced put together wine. A solid 94+/95 at that point in time.

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  • HU Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 1, 2021 - PnP. Still very young, with the tannins giving that dry and sandy mouthfeel, but not overwhelmingly so: the wine can be drank now, even if it is better to wait for a few more years. A rich tapestry of nuanced flavors, dark, quite dense and full-bodied. It changes flavor a bit once paired with the desert rather than the BBQ main course, and in a pleasant and surprising way, offering red cherries with earth and pepper. Excellent wine!

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  • wolfonthehill Likes this wine: 93 points

    February 12, 2021 - Exquisite. But needs a lot of time. Gave it 3 hours in a decanter and it was nowhere near enough. 5-8 years or 3-5 hours.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Fractalage wrote:

    February 10, 2020 - Nah,
    Poison.

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  • By Panel Tasting
    Pomerol and St-Emilion 2015 panel tasting, 3/2/2020 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/5/2019 (link)

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

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/23/2019 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2015 Bordeaux: Every Bottle Tells a Story... (Feb 2018), 2/18/2018 (link)

    (Bellevue (saint-émilion) Bellevue Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By James Suckling
    2/1/2018 (link)

    (Château Bellevue St.-Emilion, Red, France) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    Bordeaux 2015 in bottle 95+ points, 12/1/2017 (link)

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

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2016, 6/1/2016 (link)

    (Château Bellevue St Emilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JamesSuckling.com

  • By James Suckling
    4/29/2016 (link)

    (Château Bellevue St.-Emilion, France) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/2/2016 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Bordeaux’s Radiant 2015s (Apr 2016), 4/1/2016 (link)

    (Bellevue (saint-émilion) Bellevue) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2016, 4/1/2016 (link)

    (Château Bellevue St Emilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • 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 3412951589621, 4000034768248, 400005341311, 639737607154, 875845200058

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 29 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,148 (87%)
  • Consumed 150 (11%)

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