2008 Chateau Monbrison Now Available
by Peter J Troilo
Chateau Monbrison is a hidden gem in Margaux that is both affordable and offers an opportunity to experience the Margaux terroir. In fact, Jancis Robinson said this particular vintage reminds her of Chateaux Margaux. The estate ranks amongst the most famous of all Cru Bourgeois in Margaux today and there has been much speculation that if a re-classification would happen, Monbrison would join its neighbors as a 4th or 5th growth wine.
Founded in 1749, this 21 hectare vineyard is a single plot planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is sand and gravel based soils. The vines are on average 40 years of age. Many of the vines on the property replanted in 1963.
In 2012 Chateau Monbrison completed a renovation of their vat room and barrel aging cellars. The property boasts concrete, wood and stainless steel fermentation vats. All grapes are hand harvested. The wine of Chateau Monbrison is vinified in traditional, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months.
The 2008 vintage was a particularly strong for Monbrison despite its small production due to hail damage that significantly reduced the crop. The harvest was in early October (1st –10th) starting with the Merlot and ending the Cabernet. 55% Cabernet, 37% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. It offers tremendous value from a region known for exquisite, yet expensive wines. Monbrison faired much better than it's neighbors in 2008. It shows plenty of depth and structure with currant, tobacco, cedar and wet earth. The palate has wonderfully body and weight without being over-extracted. The finish is tightly knit and well rounded. There is plenty to love here.
The 2008 Chateau Monbrison is available via email, phone or in-store. We have small parcel of 10 cases available. It is priced at $55 the bottle, $594 the case.