Monbousquet 1999

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

A remarkable effort for the vintage, the dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Monbousquet exhibits a Port-like bouquet of superripe black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with scents of coffee, tobacco, and vanilla. Tipping the scales at a whopping 14% alcohol (extremely high for Bordeaux), this wine possesses an amazing texture, a mid-palate that you could get lost in, and a sensational 40-45 second finish. The exotic aromas, incredible texture, and abundant fruit are reminiscent of Pomerol's renowned micro-cuvée, Le Pin. The 1999 is even better from bottle that it is from cask. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2017. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Monbousquet : The 1999 may be as spectacular as the 1998. One of the few 1999 blockbusters. a finish that lasts for 40+ seconds, this compelling effort is atypical for the vintage. Yields were a low 30 hectolitres per hectare. Some of the Merlot was harvested at a whopping 14.5% natural alcohol. Geez! Anticipated maturity: 2002-2018.

Score: 93/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Modern, pumped-up wine. Dark coloured. Very smoky, almost gamy aromas, with dried red fruits. Medium to full bodied, with chewy tannins and an astringent finish. Slightly overextracted, but impressive. Best after 2004. 10000 cases made.

Score: 89James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

Score: 88/90James Suckling, Wine Spectator

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Gérard Perse told us that this is the best Monbousquet ever. High praise indeed considering the amazing 1995 and 1998 made here. It certainly is a tour de force of modern winemaking which manages to be totally opulent and gorgeous without showing any of the clumsiness of many of its extracted competitors. Rich, ripe and soft and the ultimate sexy red wine.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

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