Domaine Jean Bousquet, Malbec
This is a benchmark Malbec for a slightly lighter and fresher style of Argentinean red, made from organic grapes grown in a cooler climate at higher altitudes. Blackberry and plum, summer fruits and blueberry flavours fill the palate, but are then balanced by the fresher acidity, meaning that the wine is never cloying or heavy.
The Domaine Bousquet estate is relatively young with vines planted in 1997; the really interesting thing is that it was fourth-generation winemaker Jean qwho fell in love with Argentina in the 1990s and left his family's Carcassonne winery to explore this amazing land. It was barren when he arrived, because the land he was lookng at first was Gualtallary, the highest district in Mendoza, which had been left untouched by previous growers as it wouldn't ripen grapes in the way that lower vineyards would. This, of course, became the reason that Jean chose the site - it made the harvest return grapes that were distinctly fresher and more French, which made him feel very much at home.
Operations at the winery are now run by Jean's daughter Anne, and her husband Labid Al Ameri. The success that has followed is phenomenal - making more than 5 million bottles each year, they export to over fifty countries and have expanded the vineyard area to 240 hectares. With organic wines of this quality, it's set to continue growing in its importance over the coming decades.
- Hard Cheeses
- Medium Bodied