2016 Chateau Monbousquet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru France
Blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
A soft and very silky Monbousquet with wonderfully caressing texture. Full body. Delicious crushed cherries and berries. Beautiful length, too. Hard not to drink now. Better after 2024.
Rated 96 Points James Suckling
As to the red, I was blown away by the 2016 Château Monbousquet. This classic, elegant vintage plays fabulously well at this address. Beautiful blackcurrants, cassis, gravelly minerality, and chocolate all emerge from this full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has another level of purity and elegance over every other vintage I’ve tasted. It delivers loads of pleasure today and will do the same in 15 years as well. Bravo!
Rated 95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Lush, warm and exotic, with a gush of blackberry, fig and boysenberry reduction notes coursing through, inlaid nicely with graphite and tobacco threads that provide structure. A Lapsang souchong tea swirls through the finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.
Rated 94 Points Wine Spectator
Deep purple-black, the 2016 Monbousquet charges out of the gate with rambunctious plum preserves, Black Forest cake and mocha scents with hints of redcurrant jelly, hoisin and cardamom. Full-bodied with a very compelling minerally restraint on the palate, it has a great intensity of red and black fruits with plush tannins and a lively lift to the finish.
Rated 93 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate