Domaine Jean Bousquet is from the town of Tupungato which is located in the Mendoza region of Argentina. While they produce a total of eight red, four white, one rosé and one sweet wines, they are mostly known for their Grande Reserve Malbec which won the International Wine Challenge Trophy. Please note that the bottle label is from the 2007 vintage.
Their Merlot is made with 100% organic Merlot grapes (what a surprise!) which are grown 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level. I tried the 2008 vintage. Jean Bousquet’s Merlot aged six months in American & French Oak and additional four months in the bottle.
The Merlot from Domaine Jean Bousquet retails for 8.99€ in one of the local Enotecas here in Munich.
An intense, deep violet color caught my eyes’ attention first. Moving on to the nose, I noticed a heavy aroma of cherry, a little raspberry and hint of grape.
The wine’s ABV is listed at 14%.
After taking the first sip, I noticed how persisent the tannins of this wine are. It was unexpected. I also tasted raspberries & mild coffee. This Merlot has a medium finish and is dry. The more I drank, the more I started to notice the alcoholic touch which I believe this is unwanted.
Together with this wine I served a few Mexican (Tex-Mex) dishes.
I probably won’t buy the Merlot from Domaine Jean Bousquet any time soon again since there are better European wines for that price on the market. The highlight of this wine is definitely the nose with its intense aromas. Sadly the rest didn’t impress me too much.
Have you tried this wine or any other from Domaine Jean Bousquet? Let me know in the comment section below!