The 2015 Monbousquet has much more intensity and focus on the nose compared to the deuxième vin, those hints of black olive infusing the black fruit, just a touch of blueberry emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, a very concentrated Monbousquet with layers of toasty black fruit, tinged with white pepper and clove toward the finish. It will require 2 or 3 years in bottle but there is good potential here. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2035.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Monbousquet is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 70% new oak. It has a ripe and sexy bouquet with black cherries, black olive and blueberry. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannin, supple in the mouth, easy-going in some ways with a smooth rounded finish of licorice-tinged black fruit mixed with cassis and a hint of cedar, more evident on a second sample I tasted outside the château. What it needs is just more finesse and delineation but it should turn out nicely once in bottle. Drink 2019-2032
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Blended of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, 70% new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Monbousquet simply sings even at this youthful stage with notes of crushed black cherries, mulberries and cassis with touches of lavender, cloves, Sichuan pepper and roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is finely textured with wonderful elegance and impressive depth, offering up perfumed black berry layers and a long finish that whispers fragrant earth suggestions. 2020 - 2034
|Score: 93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
A rich and round wine with beautiful fruit and chocolate, meat and berry character. Full body and a juicy finish. Hard not to drink now as it’s so delicious. But wait. Drink in 2020 onwards.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
Tight and structured with blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of almonds and spice. Full and savory. Velvety tannins.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Monbousquet is dark and powerful from the outset. Rich, layered and voluptuous in feel, it captures all the radiance of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and chocolate all flesh out in the glass. Sumptuous, racy and intense, the 2015 has a lot to offer. In this vintage, the two wines from the property are relatively close in style. I prefer to drink Monbousquet on the earlier side. 2017 - 2028
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Monbousquet is dark and heavily extracted, with plenty of dark fruit and torrefaction notes. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but little freshness, while the overall expression is noticeably one-dimensional, especially next to the other wines in Gerard Perse's range.
|Score: 87/89||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Very dark blackish crimson. Oily nose that is way over the top. Horribly charred, overdone style that seems straight out of the Pavie stable. Drying finish. 14.5%
|Score: 13.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Exceptionally dark crimson. Deep-flavoured and mellow. Like fermented liqueur chocolates. Very tight on the end. A bit tough and charred on the end. Not my style - full marks for effort if not for achievement.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
The 2015 Monbousquet is currently dominated by its chocolaty oak component and is a touch hard to read, yet has a big, full-bodied, opulent style on the palate that’s certainly promising. Give bottles 2-3 years at which point it’s going to be clear if its drunk up or if this amount of oak can actually integrate.
|Score: 90||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Ripe fruit on the nose the start of the palate is sweet with depth of flavour in the middle. There is underlying firmness tight tannins and the fruit at the back is over taken by dusty dryness. 2022-34
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Very much in the Gérard Perse/Michel Rolland style, this is a plush, oaky, coffee and
chocolate-scented red that wouldn’t be out of place in the warmer bits of the Napa Valley.
Firm tannins, rich, cakey, figgy flavours and just enough acidity for balance. Drink: 2020-30
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
Rich, dark and fairly balsamic, the oak wants to command the attention in this wine but the fruit, albeit of the highly
extracted/sour style still manages to be at the front on the queue. Huge tannins and very dry this presumably will take
two decades to soften, but I am not sure I will be along for the ride.
|Score: 16.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|