Domaine Bousquet, 'Fortified Malbec', 2018, Tupungato, Argentina


A very interesting wine! A fortified sweet Malbec, like a Port, but with a little more earthy rich cocoa and chocolate going on. Good acidity to balance the wine out, very well made, wonderful notes of plums, coffee, chocolate, caramel and spice. Hints of marmalade too. Perfect when slightly chilled. An absolute star at the end of dinner, and a great alternative to Port.

Very impressive with a chocolate dessert!

A four month-long maceration ensures that the maximum amount of flavour has been extracted from the skins of the Malbec grapes. Fortification to 19.5%, which is marginally less than normal Port, allowing for a rich but subtle palate and very well balanced.

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. Their vineyards are more or less entirely organic and produce a range of outstanding pure wines in the high altitude areas of Tupungato.

50cl Size

Producer: Domaine Bousquet

Country: Argentina

Region: Mendoza

Grapes: Malbec 100%

Alcohol: 19.5%

Vintage: 2018

Status: Vegan, Organic