Château Bellevue Mondotte is this appellation’s tiny jewel, owned by the brilliant Bordeaux visionary Gérard Perse, of the celebrated Grand Cru Classé Château Pavie. The two-and-a-half-hectare parcel of nearly 50-year-old vines is planted to a majority of Merlot with smaller proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and lies on some of the best limestone-based soils in Saint-Émilion. Since 2001, Perse has established several changes at the estate, the cellars have been renovated and he has aimed to purify his vinification processes. With lower yields and drastic green harvesting, the wines are then fermented in oak tanks with malolactic in barrel before being aged on the lees and bottled completely unfiltered and unfined. The quality-conscious driven mindset of Perse and consulting oenologist, Michel Rolland is continuously transparent in the château’s rich and concentrated wine production. Bellevue-Mondotte, the Grand Vin, is a big, full-bodied Merlot based blend, profiting from extended maturation in new oak.