This has a floral edge to the nose, then gathers speed with an intense weight to the body. You can see there is clever winemaking at play here, but the finish seems to twist in on itself, and the 50% new oak is not letting the fruit speak. A difficult year with frost affecting the vines, grown on sandy gravel soils, yielding just 16hl/ha.
Tight and linear with dark berries and hints of toasted oak. Medium-to full-bodied, chewy and long.
This vineyard was significantly hit by frost, but I was told there was no use of second-generation fruit. Composed of 60% Merlot with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Monbousquet is profoundly scented of baked plums, blackberry pie and mincemeat pie with touches of mocha, unsmoked cigars and tilled black earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with seamless freshness and tons of black fruit and exotic spice layers coming through on the long finish.