Chateau Monbousquet - Bordeaux - white - 2011 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The Monbousquet Blanc has a light but well-defined citrus-driven bouquet with touches of lime and kiwi. The palate is well balanced with a crisp citrus opening, good acidity, hints of dried honey and white peach towards the finish that has admirable focus. Fine. Tasted April 2012.” Neal Martin
To produce the wine of Chateau Monbousquet, vinification takes place in a combination of small, temperature controlled stainless steel vats and French oak tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Monbousquet is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 20 months. Nearly 6,000 cases of Monbousquet are produced each vintage. There is a second wine, Angelique de Monbousquet.
Monbousquet’s terroir is truly exceptional, with mostly warm, deep gravel to the south and sandy-clay soils to the north. As at Cheval Blanc and Figeac its soils are largely gravel, and thus warm, so relatively late-ripening Cabernets can ripen perfectly. This natural feature accounts for the particularly large proportion of these grapes in the vineyard’s composition. The property was drained in 1998, at a depth of 2.4 meters below the surface. The entire vineyard is situated on quatenary alluvial formations which are difficult to date precisely. Nonetheless, the gravel deposits are estimated to be between 10,000 and 700,000 years old. Clay and a vein of iron-pan round out the terroir.
Grape varieties: 66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Sauvignon Gris
Surface: 33 hectares (82 acres)
Density: 5,500 vines per hectare
Terroir: sand, clay and gravel soils