Attractive deep ruby-red colour with garnet-red highlights. The pleasant, aristocratic bouquet is already well-defined, open, and complex with hints of fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry) and spice. Fine tannic structure on the palate. This tannin is unresolved at present, and the wine has much to gain by decanting. 2002 Monbousquet is delicious with red meats such as lamb that can stand up to the tannin, as well as offal in a sauce. This vintage will be even better after 3-7 years ageing.
"Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, licorice, meat and cedar. Needs air. Full-bodied, with a crushed-velvet texture and loads of opulent fruit. Stays in the mouth. Juicy and exciting. Monbousquet often excels in difficult vintages and it did this year. Very well done. Best after 2008."
"A strong performance in a difficult vintage, the 2002 Monbousquet (60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc) reveals abundant aromas of espresso, sweet black currants and cherries, damp earth, compost, and new oak. It is a medium to full-bodied, fleshy offering with light tannin as well as a long finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
The Wine Advocate
"Deep red-ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of plum, mocha, smoke and game. Lush, fat and sweet on entry, with captivating flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, cedar and game. In a deceptively gentle, pliant style, but there's solid underlying structure here. Finishes with substantial fine tannins and sneaky length. Seems virtually unaffected by the bottling. "
International Wine Cellar