The Château Monbouquet 2014 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare, matured in 60% new oak and the remainder one-year old barrels. The alcohol comes in at a modest 12.86%. The nose is very backward at the moment with tarry black fruit mixed with cedar reluctantly emerging with aeration. The palate is chewy on the entry but it softens towards the middle with light tannin and a nicely balanced on the finish. Once the aromas begin to gain a little chutzpah, this will be a fine, more classically inspired Monbousquet compared to recent vintages. Drink: 2018 - 2029
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Very aromatic and fresh with lovely brightness and perfume. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a bright finish. Ultra-fine and balanced Monbousquet. Better after 2020 but already very pretty.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
This is beautiful and juicy with refined tannins, berries, earth and spices. Hints of walnut. Medium to full body. Lovely.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Monbousquet has gained quite a bit of volume over the last two years. Rich, ample and powerful, it offers notable depth. At the same time, it comes across as a bit heavy and monolithic, with considerable oak influence, even for this style. My sense is that 22 months in barrel might have been too much for this vintage. The raciness the 2014 showed as a barrel sample is nowhere to be found.
|Score: 89||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Dense and lots of black fruit flavour. Eerily forward but very jolly and only slightly simple – almost ready to drink now. Not that much length.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
Always one of the most concentrated and jammy wines of Saint Emilion. It comes from a relatively poor terroir but the wine making here is modern with the same team employed who also make Chateau Pavie for owner Gerard Perse.
| ||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032. 7,500 cases made.
|Score: 93||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
Bright and fresh red fruits are very much to the fore the palate bright. The back palate is firm the tannins quite obvious and although there is sweetness on the back palate the finish is tight and firm. 2019-28
|Score: 85/88||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
|Score: 90||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 88||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|