robertparker.comScore: WA 90-92
The 2016 Monbrison is a Margaux that has performed splendidly this vintage, one that did not shine as benevolently as other appellations. It has a vigorous, delineated bouquet with blueberry, raspberry and crushed violets, the new oak neatly integrated. The palate is nicely structured and though there is a touch of hardness to the tannin on the entry, that will soften by the time of bottling. The acidity is well judged and there is good grip on the finish. Monbrison is often well-priced en primeur and as such, this comes recommended.
Vinous | Neil Martin
The 2016 Monbrison shows similarly to other Margaux wines, albeit with a touch of leanness on the rather serious nose of pencil-lead-infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with tannin that has loosened up since its showing in barrel, and endowed with a fine bead of acidity and gentle grip. The Pauillac-like, graphite infused finish needs to develop more detail.