Something about Chateau Monbousquet
Monbousquet’s terroir is truly exceptional, with mostly warm, deep gravel to the south and sandy-clay soils to the north. As at Cheval Blanc and Figeac its soils are largely gravel, and thus warm, so relatively late-ripening Cabernets can ripen perfectly. This natural feature accounts for the particularly large proportion of these grapes in the vineyard’s composition.
The property was drained in 1998, at a depth of 2.4 meters below the surface.
The entire vineyard is situated on quatenary alluvial formations which are difficult to date precisely. Nonetheless, the gravel deposits are estimated to be between 10,000 and 700,001 years old.
Clay and a vein of iron-pan round out the terroir.
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A beautiful effort from Monbousquet, this 2005 comes across to me as one of their strongest efforts, with notes of toasty oak, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as some licorice, incense and flowers. Full-bodied and opulent, this is an amazing wine from a terroir on the so-called “wrong side” of St.-Emilion. Drink it over the next 15 or more years. It is an amazing performance. Drink 2015 - 2030.
Mineral and blackberry, with violet. Full-bodied, with racy tannins and lots of flavor and style
Tasted blind. Blackish ruby. Very light nose. Round and sweet. Easy peasy. Not for a long life and with a hint of alcohol on the end, but already a fairly charming drink. Penalised slightly for heat and precociousness but grab it now. 14% Drink 2012-2022