2016 Chateau Monbousquet

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 96
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Jeff Leve: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

JEB DUNNUCK: Top 100 Red Wines Of 2019: #69

"Lush, warm and exotic, with a gush of blackberry, fig and boysenberry reduction notes coursing through, inlaid nicely with graphite and tobacco threads that provide structure. A Lapsang souchong tea swirls through the finish. Best from 2022 through 2035. -J.M." (WS)

"Deep purple-black, the 2016 Monbousquet charges out of the gate with rambunctious plum preserves, Black Forest cake and mocha scents with hints of redcurrant jelly, hoisin and cardamom. Full-bodied with a very compelling minerally restraint on the palate, it has a great intensity of red and black fruits with plush tannins and a lively lift to the finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Monbousquet is gorgeous. Rich, ample and super-expressive, the 2016 offers terrific resonance and textural depth. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, espresso and spice abound. The 2016 has all the richness that has always showed from barrel, but with an extra kick of freshness and aromatic lift. The 2016 has certainly come together beautifully over the course of its aging. There is a lot to like in this voluptuous, immediate Saint-Émilion." (VM)

"A soft and very silky Monbousquet with wonderfully caressing texture. Full body. Delicious crushed cherries and berries. Beautiful length, too. Hard not to drink now. Better after 2024." (JS)

"As to the red, I was blown away by the 2016 Château Monbousquet. This classic, elegant vintage plays fabulously well at this address. Beautiful blackcurrants, cassis, gravelly minerality, and chocolate all emerge from this full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has another level of purity and elegance over every other vintage I’ve tasted. It delivers loads of pleasure today and will do the same in 15 years as well. Bravo!" (JD)

"This full, generous wine has tannins that integrate well with the rich berry fruits. There is a touch of smokiness as well as spice, toast and a final velvet texture. Drink this accessible wine from 2023. -Roger Voss" (WE)

"Deep in color, smoke, licorice and black cherry scents create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is lush, soft and polished and the plummy fruits are accented by licorice and espresso. Give this a few years for the oak to integrate. 3273 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017" (JL)