2015 Chateau Monbousquet

Year: 2015
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 93--Wine Enthusiast: 93--Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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2018 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #16

"A rich, expressive, slightly showy style, with waves of cassis, creamed raspberry and boysenberry fruit racing forth, backed by a polished yet ample structure. The long, licorice- and ganache-framed finish packs on weight as it moves along, yet stays defined and pure. Impressive. Best from 2022 through 2040. 9,333 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"Blended of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, 70% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Monbousquet simply sings even at this youthful stage with notes of crushed black cherries, mulberries and cassis with touches of lavender, cloves, Sichuan pepper and roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is finely textured with wonderful elegance and impressive depth, offering up perfumed black berry layers and a long finish that whispers fragrant earth suggestions." (WA)

"The 2015 Monbousquet is dark and powerful from the outset. Rich, layered and voluptuous in feel, it captures all the radiance of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and chocolate all flesh out in the glass. Sumptuous, racy and intense, the 2015 has a lot to offer. In this vintage, the two wines from the property are relatively close in style. I prefer to drink Monbousquet on the earlier side." (VM)

"A rich and round wine with beautiful fruit and chocolate, meat and berry character. Full body and a juicy finish. Hard not to drink now as it’s so delicious. But wait. Drink in 2020 onwards." (JS)

"The 2015 Monbousquet showed much better this go-round (it was incredibly oaky last year) and is another rocking vintage for this cuvée. Beautifully ripe, full-bodied, opulent, and undeniably hedonistic, it’s loaded with notions of blackcurrants, licorice, dried herbs, chocolate and earth, with just subtle background oak. Despite all the upfront fruit and charm, it’s balanced, has a stacked mid-palate, and considerable elegance. Drink it over the coming decade or more." (JD)

"This wine is smooth, with a cream-chocolate texture that's rich and dense. Velvety tannins opulently balance with the superripe fruit. This is not a shy wine, everything is right out front. Drink from 2026." (WE)

"Medium-bodied, round-textured and packed with licorice, spicy black raspberries and a strong oak presence. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon reaching 14.45% with a pH of 3.78." (JL)

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