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2008 Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte Saint-Emilion (in double magnum)
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2011

(90% merlot with 5% each cabernet franc and sauvignon):  Saturated ruby.  Musky aromas of dark fruits, coffee, mocha, chocolate and potpourri spices.  Concentrated but classically dry, offering no easy sweetness today in spite of its great ripeness.  Lush and deep but also quite penetrating.  Perhaps most impressive today on the palate-staining back end, which features huge, broad tannins and a chewy impression of solidity.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
95+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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