Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : The 2012 reveals lots of Asian spice characteristics interwoven with Christmas fruitcake, black cherries, black currants, toasty oak and a touch of vanillin. About 40-50% new oak is used during the wine-s upbringing, but like most of the Gerard Perse offerings, it has an extended maceration cuvaison of 40-60 days. The results include lots of fruit, ripe tannin and a round, generous style. This 2012 should drink nicely for 10-12 years.
This is a strong effort from this consistent producer, whose estate is situated on the wrong side of the road separating the appellation of St.-Emilion. Flamboyant and exuberant, Monbousquet-s 2012 is a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon.