2011 Monbousquet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WS 94
  • JS 91
  • WA 90

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Offers sweet linzer torte and loganberry fruit with good underlying zip and well-embedded spice and anise notes. A clearly ripe style but with nice focus. Very solid.-J.M.
JS 91
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2012
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.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
A classic 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... A classic 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. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 93
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2012
60% merlot 30% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. 13.9% potential alcohol. From a 32-hectare estate on the St. Emilion cote just south of the town of St. Emilion. Soils are sandy clay with a significant iron... 60% merlot 30% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. 13.9% potential alcohol. From a 32-hectare estate on the St. Emilion cote just south of the town of St. Emilion. Soils are sandy clay with a significant iron component. Average vine age is 30+ years. Aged in 60% new oak. Dense opaque purple. Revealing little initial bouquet the barest hint of fruit appears with air. The palate is balanced with round densely textured black cherry fruit. With subtle tannins the deep medium to full-bodied fruit continues on toward a fine subtly firm finish. Will provide great drinking for the next two decades. From the Gerard Perse portfolio. Tasted three times.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2011

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.