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St Emilion. This is unquestionably the finest wine Gerard Perse has yet produced from this less than ideal terroir in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. Perse put in a complete drainage system, which is essential in these flat, sandy, clay, and gravelly soils. The 2005 Monbousquet, a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, reveals terrific intensity and purity as well as a gorgeous perfume of sweet black cherries, roasted herbs, meat juices, kirsch, blackberries, and spice. Full-bodied and opulent, with more structure, tannin, and delineation than such top vintages as 2000, 1999, and 1998, the 2005 represents an amazing over-achievement for its modest terroir, and is a tribute to the extraordinary abilities and commitment to excellence of proprietor Perse. It should be at its finest in 4-7 years, and last for two decades or more. Drink 2011 - 2027 Wine Advocate # 170; Apr 2007 Robert Parker (94-96)



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