1995 Chateau MonbousquetBy
Records show this estate back to the 1600’s. It’s true rise to stardom, however, began in 1993 with the addition of superstar consultant Michel Rolland, with an elevation to Grand Cru Classe status in 2006.
The estate vineyard is located 500 meters south of the town of St Emilion with deep gravel & sandy/gravel soils. The 1995 was produced from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon & rated 92 points by noted wine writer Robert Parker.
On this night, we were thrilled at how open the 1995 was. Wonderful perfume–cigar box, cedar, autumn leaves with layers of nuance & character. I was actually somewhat surprised at how mesmerizing the wine really was…..at 17 years old. (Having also had the 2005 recently & tasting how oaky, demonstrative & thick it was, I could readily see Rolland’s influence, which made this wine even more fascinating). On the palate, the wine’s core still had a youthful vigor to it, which although it can age for a while longer, I really loved drinking this wine right now, as it is in a good place with all of the pieces in line & well harmonized.