Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2021

Sold for

R 3 518
Lot 10
Bellevue; Saint-Emilion; 2000; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 3 500 - 4 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 3 518

About this Item

Saint-Emilion, 2000
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
Château Bellevue is a ‘fabulously located 18-acre estate in what is considered one of the finest neighborhoods of St.-Emilion’ writes Wine Advocate, as it is ‘sandwiched between such châteaux as Angélus, Beausejour Duffau, and Beausejour-Becot’. Well-elevated and perched above Angélus, this somewhat small, south-facing property with ‘highly prized neighbours’ was under the proprietorship of the dynamic duo, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, from 2000 - 2007. Today, Château Bellevue is owned by the Boüard family of Château Angélus. While previously planted with 2% Cabernet Franc vines, the vineyard is now 100% Merlot.

Critics Ratings

‘This was the breakthrough vintage for this fabulous terroir that had been under-exploited for so many years. A collaboration between Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, this medium to full-bodied, pure blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc reveals aromas reminiscent of a liqueur of crushed rocks, black currants, and raspberries. The tannins are still present, and the wine is firmer than I expected, but it is loaded. Made in a distinctive, singular, elegant style, it will be even better in 5-6 years, and should last for two decades thereafter - longer than I originally predicted.’ - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Jun 2010)

‘Impressive fruit in this wine, with crushed plums and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with super silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A refined and beautiful wine. Best after 2008.’ - Wine Spectator, 91/100 (Mar 2003)

Provenance

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