2005 Chateau Monbousquet

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 88-90--Jeff Leve: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%


Price :

"Beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry, currant and sultana lead to a full body, with superfine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and beautiful. Best after 2012." (WS)

"From a less than noble terroir in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Gerard Perse has accomplished miraculous things at Monbousquet. Prior to his acquisition of this property in the mid-nineties, this wine tasted like watered-down Beaujolais, but Perse has turned it into one of the more stunning, modern-styled wines of Bordeaux. A blend of approximately two-thirds Merlot, one-third Cabernet Franc and 8-10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 exhibits plenty of toasty oak, roasted herb, meat juice, blackberry, cherry, and spice characteristics along with a touch of incense. Full-bodied and opulent, with an atypically rigid structure, this is a remarkable achievement for such a humble terroir. It admirably reflects Gerard Perse’s obsessive commitment to excellence. Look for this 2005 to hit its stride in 7-8 years, and last for 15-20." (WA)

"($90) Full ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, smoked meat, mocha and licorice. Wonderfully sweet, dense and fat but with excellent vinosity and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of berries, mocha and licorice. A compellingly tactile vintage for Monbousquet, with the substantial but sweet tannins buffered by the wine's chewy mid-palate material. This was aged in 80% new oak, compared to 60% to 65% in 2006 and 2007. Really transcends its less-than-ideal terroir in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens." (VM)

"A hugely extracted wine with superripe black fruit and dense tannins. A blockbuster." (WE)

"This modern styled St. Emilion is not going to please everyone with its coffee, licorice and jammy notes, but tasters seeking a lusty, plush, opulently styled, forward, very ripe expression of St. Emilion are going to love it. 91 points - Tasted May 19, 2013" (JL)