Domaine Bousquet Ameri Single Vineyard Malbec


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A single vineyard Malbec from one of Argentina's best high-altitude areas.

Named after their co-owner, Ameri is Domaine Bousquet’s flagship wine and Malbec dominated with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in the blend. This isn’t just a ‘single vineyard’ Malbec, but also ‘specific cluster’ and only 500 cases are made in exceptional growing years. Selected clusters of grapes are chosen from a single vineyard at over 4,000 feet in one of the best Malbec areas of Gualtallary, resulting in increased flavours and aromatics. This single vineyard Malbec is aged in French oak for 12 months. It’s deep violet in colour with deep black fruit aromas, sweet tannins and a smooth delicate finish.

Reviews and awards:

  • 93 points, Tim Atkin MW (2021 vintage)
  • Featured in Decanter, ‘Restrained but intense nose of ripe dark fruit, chocolate, florals and spice. Excellent palate density, silky tannins, balancing freshness and a wonderful persistent finish. Drink 2021-2028.’ Dirceu Vianna Junior MW (October 2021)
  • David Kermode, ‘From a winery established by Jean Bousquet, who sold up in the South of France to tap Argentina’s potential, a top-notch altitude Malbec, with an elegant floral nose, followed by fresh, leafy blackcurrants and foraged blackberry; the pure fruit balanced by fresh mountain acidity, the tannins lithe and finish long. It’s perfect for pairing with fillet steak.’  (2020 vintage)
  • 93 points, Decanter and Silver at Decanter World Wine Awards (2020 vintage)
  • Drinks Business, Vegan & Organic Masters Silver (2020 vintage)
  • 95 Points, Decanter, ‘With a bright floral lift and freshness, this is a a juicy vibrant Malbec that speaks of its cooler sub-region. Fresh red plums and wild herb notes add to the intrigue. A lovely wine with finesse and lots of energy.’ (2019 vintage)
  • Voted ‘Outstanding’ in Decanter Premium Argentinian Malbec Panel Tasting (2019 vintage)


Luscious black fruits and cherry


Violet and black fruit

The Bousquet family originally arrived from Carcassonne, in the South of France and can proudly claim to have four generations of experience in the winemaking tradition. Their first foray to Mendoza was in 1990 with the aim of understanding the unique nature of the climate, soils and topography of this imposing, impressive upland region but it was not until 1997 that the family made their first purchase of land and re-located from France. This first 110 hectare parcel is located in the Gualtallary valley in Tupungato, Mendoza at an altitude of 1200 metres (4,000 feet), making it one of the higher altitude vineyards in Mendoza and the world. The cool nights and a near constant breeze emphasise the idyllic climatic/terroir conditions that these vines enjoy. In total, the Bousquet estate comprises 240 hectares of vines, all in Tupungato. Another unique characteristic of the region is the low amount of rainfall (approximately 20cm a year). This allows Domaine Bousquet to control the amount of water given to the grapes via a drip irrigation system. This same water is also bottled and sold locally as one of Argentina’s most popular bottled waters - which demonstrates just how pure and clean it is. Soils, in the main, are sandy with excellent drainage. Grapes are harvested by hand. Grown in such ideal conditions, it allows the fruit to attain an optimum maturity without having to use pesticides or any other chemical products. Only natural ferttilizers such as compost are used. Domaine Bousquet are able, therefore, to produce high quality, healthy organically grown grapes which in turn become high quality organic wines. A pure, natural expression of the Tupungato region. To improve the land's biodiversity is a key Bousquet aim. By nourishing the land and treating it with respect, the vines will give back in turn its finest fruit. With roots that penetrate deep into the soil absorbing trace minerals, the vines yield up a fruit that is a pure, authentic expression of its origins. As in the vineyards, so too in the cellar - respecting the delicacy of the fruit with gentle handling is the guiding principle in the cellar. Meticulous care and sensitivity throughout the winemaking ensures that the natural flavours express themselves to the full once poured from the bottle to the glass.


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