Chateau Monbousquet Reviews (Saint-Emilion)

Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

 

2017 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

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Chateau Monbousquet

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is a bold wine, full of structure and dense tannins. It has layers of black fruits, juicy acidity and a ripe, chocolate-coffee character. This producer is now producing great wines with richness and concentration.

93 Points James Suckling

Tight and linear with dark berries and hints of toasted oak. Medium-to full-bodied, chewy and long.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Bright and fresh, featuring floral lift, a bright savory streak and light tobacco and cedar hints mixed with a core of cassis and cherry preserves. Easy to approach, with crunchy acidity. Shows the textbook profile of the vintage.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

This vineyard was significantly hit by frost, but I was told there was no use of second-generation fruit. Composed of 60% Merlot with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Monbousquet is profoundly scented of baked plums, blackberry pie and mincemeat pie with touches of mocha, unsmoked cigars and tilled black earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with seamless freshness and tons of black fruit and exotic spice layers coming through on the long finish.

2016 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

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A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

96 Points Wine Spectator

This is packed with fig, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that keep cascading over one another while enticing anise and plum cake notes fill in throughout. Gorgeous mouthfeel, with a creamy, rounded edge, yet never giving up a generally racy and focused feel.

95 Points James Suckling

This is very layered and firm with beautiful tannins and richness. Full-bodied, tight and spicy with lovely depth. Refined and pretty.

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

The home of Pavie owner Gerard Perse is on the Saint-Emilion plain, classified as a Grand Cru Classé in a recent re-classification of Saint-Emilion estates. This wine is richly concentrated, powered by both fruit and tannins in equal quantities. It should age well over the long term.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chateau Monbousquet is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare at 14.46% alcohol. It was picked between 6-11 October and matured in 70% new oak, the remainder one-year-old barrels. It offers an opulent but well defined bouquet of black cherries, violets and fresh fig, a little tight initially but soon unfolding in the glass.

The palate is quite rich and generous on the opening with layers of blackberry and raspberry laced with graphite and a pinch of cracked black pepper. It tapers in a little towards the finish, completing a bold and assertive Monbousquet that is likely to require four or five years in bottle in order to soften those tannins. Interestingly, the sample tasted at Pavie was a little more flamboyant than the more classically styled one that I tasted elsewhere and preferred.

2015 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

95 Points James Suckling

A rich and round wine with beautiful fruit and chocolate, meat and berry character. Full body and a juicy finish. Hard not to drink now as it’s so delicious. But wait. Drink in 2020 onwards.

95 Points Wine Spectator #16 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018

A rich, expressive, slightly showy style, with waves of cassis, creamed raspberry and boysenberry fruit racing forth, backed by a polished yet ample structure. The long, licorice- and ganacheframed finish packs on weight as it moves along, yet stays defined and pure. Impressive.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine is ripe and impressive, with its dark tannins and powerful structure. With light acidity, it is all about richness and a firm character that shows density as well as ripe fruits. 

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Blended of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, 70% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Chateau Monbousquet simply sings even at this youthful stage with notes of crushed black cherries, mulberries and cassis with touches of lavender, cloves, Sichuan pepper and roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is finely textured with wonderful elegance and impressive depth, offering up perfumed black berry layers and a long finish that whispers fragrant earth suggestions.

2014 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

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A blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032.

93 Points James Suckling

Very aromatic and fresh with lovely brightness and perfume. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a bright finish. Ultra-fine and balanced Chateau Monbousquet. Better after 2020 but already very pretty.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2014 Chateau Monbousquet offers a rather broody nose at first, opening gradually with black rather than red fruit, retaining that subtle cedar-like note that I remarked upon out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite compact and perhaps just missing some of the “flow” and depth I have found on better vintages of Monbousquet. It may endure a sultry period before opening up, so I would not broach this for three or four years before opening.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

A superripe structured wine that has serious tannins and a smoky dark character. Right now, the tannins dominate the otherwise fruity wine, but with some time it will soften and balance out. Drink this powerful wine from 2024.

2013 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

Here’s a firm, rather austere wine, with chocolate flavors and dark tannins. It has some bitterness as well as a firm structure. The finish shows more of the fruit potential.

2012 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

The only Grand Cru Classé on the sandy plain of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Monbousquet is producing great wines thanks to huge investments by owner Gerard Perse. This Merlot-dominated blend is ripe, spicy, rich and open.

93 Points Wine Spectator

A horse of a different color, with savory and sage notes streaking past the well-endowed core of glistening plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit. A polished mesquite edge frames all the elements, while the finish glides on. Best from 2017 through 2027.

92 Points James Suckling

This is really soft and fine for Chateau Monbousquet. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a chocolate, vanilla bean and berry character. Very fine. 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Better in 2017.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

From the least hallowed terroir of the Perse family, the 2012 Chateau Monbousquet (a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) displays spicy vanillin and new oak, Christmas fruitcake aromas along with incense, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. It is medium-bodied, with light tannin in a very approachable style. It is certainly not the most concentrated Monbousquet ever made under the Perse regime, but it is very well-balanced and capable of hitting its prime in about 3-4 years and lasting 12-15.

2011 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

92 Points Wine Spectator

Cuts a broad swath, with velvety tannins carrying raspberry coulis, plum paste and steeped red currant flavors, studded with anise, singed apple wood and fruitcake notes throughout. The long, flowing finish has a very refined structure. Shows impressive density and elegance.

91 Points James Suckling

A closed and silky wine with blueberry and spices with hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a long finish. Slightly hollow mid-palate.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

A classic Chateau Monbousquet, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 possesses abundant blueberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with hints of espresso roast and minerals. Composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it admirably displays the heights a brilliant winemaking team with an unwavering commitment to excellence can achieve from one of the less prestigious terroirs of St.-Emilion. This beauty should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 8-10 years.

2010 Chateau Monbousquet Reviews

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

95 Points Wine Spectator

A lush, modern, style, with hyperdrive on the blueberry, loganberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Nothing gets too heady though, as there’s charcoal-studded grip, smoldering coffee grinds and roasted bay leaf notes all in the background for definition and further development with cellaring. Modern, yes, but firmly grounded in its terroir. Best from 2016 through 2035.

95 Points James Suckling

Great nose of spices, dried herbs, chocolate and coffee. Very intense nose. Full-bodied, with fabulous tannins and finesse. This is layered and rich yet very harmonious. Best Chateau Monbusquet ever. Try after 2018.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Bottle unfined and unfiltered, it exhibits notes of Christmas fruitcake, black raspberry, cedar wood and spice box and has a full-bodied, fleshy, succulent mouthfeel, sweet tannin and decent acidity along with the tell-tale purity that always seems to emerge from the Perse estates. This wine should drink beautifully for at least 12-15 or more years.

 

 

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