2012 Chateau Monbousquet

Year: 2012
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94--Jeff Leve: 89-91
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"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. 7,916 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"From the least hallowed terroir of the Perse family, the 2012 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." (WA)

"The 2012 Monbousquet is pliant and expressive, with silky, suave tannins framing the forward, red-fleshed stone fruits. Sweet floral and spice notes add aromatic lift on the feminine finish. Readers will find considerable near and medium-term appeal in this juicy Saint-Emilion from the Perse family. Monbousquet is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon." (VM)

"This is really soft and fine for 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." (JS)

"92–94. Barrel sample. The only Grand Cru Classé on the sandy plain of Saint-Emilion, Monbousquet is producing great wines thanks to huge investments by owner Gerard Perse. This Merlot-dominated blend is ripe, spicy, rich and open." (WE)

"Coffee bean, licorice, smoke, spice and jammy black raspberries make up the perfume. On the palate, the wine is approachable, soft, polished and round, ending with an oaky, sweet kirsch finish. 89-91 Pts 90 points - Tasted Apr 26, 2013" (JL)

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