Glass-staining, black colour in the glass. The nose is one of sweet, dessecated black fruits, jam and barbecue. The palate follows, with heady fruit, warming alcohol and puckering, unrelenting tannins that coat the mouth. This is very modern, with tar and liquorice alongside notes of damsons and kirsch. Powerful and concentrated, but lacking harmony at this stage.
|Score: 14||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Monbousquet is composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested September 27 to October 9 with yields of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The wine has a pH of 3.78 and 14.38% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it sashays out of the glass with beautiful, flamboyant red roses, chocolate box and molten licorice scents over a core of crème de cassis, plum preserves and Morello cherries plus fragrant wafts of underbrush, lavender and cloves. Full-bodied, rich and wonderfully elegant, the palate delivers layers of black fruits and spices, wrapped in a cashmere shawl of tannins, finishing very long and incredibly perfumed.
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
Very refined and savory with a lovely core of dark fruit and round tannins. Silky and oozing with finesse and class.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Monbousquet is a dense, richly textured Saint-Émilion. Black cherry plum, chocolate, leather, smoke and spice are boldly sketched. Ample and resonant in the glass, Monbousquet has quite a bit to offer in 2018. At this early stage, though, it is especially brooding.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Black core, narrow purple rim. Ripe and yet savoury dark fruit. Highly extracted and very dense. Needs a lot of time but I am not sure the fruit will outlive the oak and tannins.
|Score: 15.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Monbousquet is a smoking wine that has tons of fruit and charm, yet it’s also balanced, pure, and elegant. Blackcurrants, smoked earth, chocolate, and graphite notes all give way to a concentrated, sexy, seamless wine that has fabulous tannins as well as length. This wine always delivers fruit and texture, but it also possesses beautiful purity and elegance in 2018. It should be snatched up by readers.
|Score: 92/94||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(60 Merlot, 30 Cabernet Franc, 10 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 50% new oak | 14.38% alc | 39 hl/ha Massive oak and immense tannins make this one of the most palate-stripping wines of the vintage. Ugly and brutish, this is a tannin-bomb and I cannot see how this will remotely end up drinking no matter how patient you are.
|Score: 14.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|