92-94 Vinous - The 2019 Monbousquet is dark, racy and exotic to the core. Blackberry jam, gravel, menthol, cloves and leather explode onto the palate as this unctuous Saint-Émilion shows off its extroverted personality. The 2019 is not at all subtle, but it sure is inviting. Even with all of its obvious richness, the 2019 has a good bit of structure. This is an especially fine and promising vintage for Monbousquet. Henrique Da Costa, Gérard Perse's son-in-law, explained that while 2019 was hot and dry, conditions were not extremely hot. Cool temperatures in the evenings provided respite from the daytime heat, while water reserves in the soils from the wet spring allowed the vines to avoid stress.