Review: Domaine Bousquet, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Somet­hing tho­se new to wine or only casually into wine may not reali­ze is when a wine is labe­led as a varie­tal wine (e.g., Caber­net Sau­vig­non), it’s not neces­sa­rily made 100% of that variety. It only needs to be a cer­tain per­cen­ta­ge of that gra­pe, the exact per­cen­ta­ge varies by regio­nal regu­la­tions but is typi­cally 75% or hig­her.

This Caber­net Sau­vig­non is one such varie­tal, made with 15% Mal­bec.

As a wine geek, I some­ti­mes seek out wines that are abso­lu­tely 100% made with a spe­ci­fic variety becau­se it helps me bet­ter unders­tand and explo­re that variety. But as a con­su­mer, who really just wants a wine to be deli­cious and enjo­ya­ble, I don’t mind the aug­men­ta­tion of a varie­tal wine with a small por­tion of other gra­pe varie­ties. After all, the wine­ma­ker is doing so in order to enhan­ce the wine. And in the case of this Domai­ne Bous­quet Reser­ve Caber­net Sau­vig­non, I do think the addi­tion of Mal­bec has enhan­ced the wine. It adds a rich­ness and rounds out the fla­vor pro­fi­le.

I’ve revie­wed a num­ber of wines from Domai­ne Bous­quet in the past and found them to be a good value brand, made with orga­ni­cally-grown gra­pes. I should point out this is part of their “Reser­ve” line, which is con­si­de­red a notch up from their entry-level wines, but is still qui­te reaso­nably pri­ced with a sug­ges­ted retail pri­ce of $18.

Wowie, the aro­mas are power­ful on this wine, offe­ring volup­tuous cherry, straw­berry, black­berry, nut­meg, black pep­per and toas­ted oak fra­gran­ces. The fla­vors are con­cen­tra­ted as well, with rich black­berry, cherry and spi­ce fla­vors. The aci­dity is suf­fi­cient to add bright­ness to the wine. The mouth­feel is plea­sant. The finish is nice and long, with berry fla­vors and a touch of bit­ter­ness.

Wine: Domai­ne Bous­quet, Reser­ve Caber­net Sau­vig­non
Varie­ties: 85% Caber­net Sau­vig­non, 15% Mal­bec
Vin­ta­ge: 2018
Alcohol: 15%
Rating: 87
Ave­ra­ge pri­ce: $18.00
Dis­clo­su­re: This wine was recei­ved as a media sam­ple.

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