Domaine Bousquet Malbec
This represents an opportunity to taste some seriously good winemaking at a reasonable price. As with the Bousquet Chardonnay, there's a desire to let the quality of the fruit speak for itself, so the wine is aged in oak for just six months before being put into bottle. This means that you can pick up the vanilla and spice that the oak brings without losing any of the fantastic black plum, blackberry and dark cherry fruits that Malbec is famous for. A gutsy plate of pasta will work a treat with a glass of this.
92 Points - Best Buy - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2015 vintage)
Gold Medal - International Organic Wine Awards 2015 (2014 vintage)
87 Points, The Wine Gang, 'This organic Malbec sees six months in oak, but the colour is really vibrantly primary, the nose showing herbs and flowers as well as a touch of cedar or bracken, over ripe blackberry fruit. Creamy berry sweetness fills the mouth, really quite a sweet overall character given the soft tannins and gentle acidity, a touch of cherry and of that chocolaty oak smoothing the finish even more. It is high quality easy drinking, though we might have preferred even just a nod towards some more austerity. Available in half bottles too.' May 2015 (2014 vintage)
Frenchman Jean Bousquet travelled thousands of miles to find his 'optimum' vineyard location. In Mendoza, Argentina he found a site with, in his words 'idyllic wine-growing precipitation and temperatures, mild during the day and cool at night… situated at a good altitude (1,200 metres above sea level), with fresh air, few funguses, and very permeable sandy and rocky soils… these great attributes give the grapes the possibility to attain an optimum maturation without the risk of rotting and without having to use fungicides'. These perfect conditions combined with knowledge passed down through three winemaking generations makes for wines of exceptional quality.