2003 Monbousquet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 93
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
This was an amazing performance for Monbousquet. The 2003 exhibits plenty of fat and succulence along with a full-bodied, sexy mouthfeel, and lots of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, baking... This was an amazing performance for Monbousquet. The 2003 exhibits plenty of fat and succulence along with a full-bodied, sexy mouthfeel, and lots of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, baking spices and roasted herbs. Fully mature yet in no danger of falling apart or in decline, the color remains a healthy plum/garnet to the rim. This full throttle 2003 was one of the great buys of the vintage when it was first released, and continues to prove that great winemaking and viticultural management from less heralded terroirs can result in wines well-above their pedigree. Drink this beauty over the next 2-3 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2005
Good saturated ruby-red. Mellow aromas of berry liqueur smoked meat and rich oak. Fat and powerful if a bit stunted today and difficult to taste. Best today on the finish which shows firm tannic spine and a juicy quality... Good saturated ruby-red. Mellow aromas of berry liqueur smoked meat and rich oak. Fat and powerful if a bit stunted today and difficult to taste. Best today on the finish which shows firm tannic spine and a juicy quality that's quite refreshing in the context of the vintage. Today I prefer this to the young 2004. 89-92 points
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2006
Essence of blackberry here on the nose with a hint of cream. Full-bodied yet silky and refined with lovely texture and length. Delicious and long. Gorgeous. Best after 2010. 7000 cases made. (JS)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2003

Label

The grand vin of Monbousquet is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is rich, has great complexity and aromas of ripe fruit.

Winery

Monbousquet

Chateau Monbousquet is a Saint-Emilion wine estate dating back to 1540. The estate prospered and achieved great fame during the second half of the 19th century under the brief but inspired direction of Comte de Vassal-Montviel. He enlarged the vineyard, bringing it to its present size and making it one of the largest estates in Saint-Emilion.

The arrival of Chantal and Gerard Perse in 1993 started a new chapter in the chateau’s story, ushering in a veritable “leap in quality”. Production standards were completely revised both in the vineyards and in the cellars, with state-of-the-art installations suitable for producing a great wine. Gerard Perse also planted the first white vines in Saint-Emilion. His efforts paid off and in 2006 Monbousquet was promoted to the rank of a Grand Cru Classe.

The estate includes 32 hectares of vines planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon on warm, deep gravel soils to the south and sandy-clay soils to the north. The average age of the vines is 38 years. Three wines are produced on the estate: two red wines, the main wine Monbousquet and the second wine Angelique de Monbousquet, and a white wine, Monbousquet Blanc, from the small parcel of white wine grapes.