JAMES SUCKLING: "A rich wine with lots of tannins that are very fine and velvety, with deep fruit. Full and flavorful. Slightly salty and irony. Remains fresh and minerally. Some white pepper. Lead pencil."
JEB DUNNUCK: "From tiny yields due to the frost, the 2022 Château Monbousquet is based on 70% Merlot and 15% Each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This ripe, medium to full-bodied, voluptuously styled beauty offers classic richness in its cassis and black cherry fruits as well as notes of chocolate, espresso, and leafy herbs. Beautifully balanced and concentrated, with velvety tannins, it's shockingly good."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Purple flowers, black cherries, licorice, and cocoa create a showy nose. On the palate, the wine dark, lush, silky, and fresh. The fruits are ripe, creamy, and vibrant, with touches of spice, chalk and sweet, opulent black cherries. 2022 marks the 30th vintage of Monbousquet under the ownership of the Perse family. The wine blends 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.28% ABV, 3.83 pH. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2025-2042."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Monbousquet is made up of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.83. Yields were 30 hl/ha. Deep garnet-purple in color, it shoots out of the glass with bold scents of blackberry preserves, plum pudding, and licorice, plus hints of Indian spices and fragrant soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock full of bright, vibrant black fruits, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and spicy."
WEINWISSER: "70 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc, 15 % Cabernet Sauvignon. Opulentes blaubeeriges Bouquet, Lakritze, intensiver Veilchenduft. Am satten Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, nerviger Rasse, engmaschigem Tanningerüst und mächtigem Körper. Im gebündelten aromatischen Finale schwarze zerdrückte Beeren, Holundergelee und sandige Adstringenz. 2028 – 2045."
DECANTER: "Supple, intense and focussed, a lovely clean sleek frame with bite and tang. Still a little restricted and compact with the tannins are the fore even though they're plump and massy with a cool liquorice edge to them and soft powdery texture. Full but retains a charm. Forward and enjoyable with salty stones on the finish. Ageing 28 years, 50% new oak, 50% one year barrels. Total acidity 3.25, 3.83pH. HVE3 certified."