Chateau Monbrison "Cru Burgeois" 1989

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
A still red wine from the Bordeaux, Margaux region of France.

Evolved and round. Leather, cigar box, varnish, cocoa, coffee.

Tasting Notes

The 1989 Chateau Monbrison Cru Burgeois has an attractive garnet red colour.

The nose has a distinctive tertiary profile with leather, cigar box and varnish, dark chocolate and coffee.

The wine is elegant on the mouth where I find again toasted aromas of coffee and dark bitter chocolate alongside some fruit, cherry comes to mind.

It’s gentle and easy drinking. Moderately long.

Score 90

My score / points

Chateau Monbrison "Cru Burgeois" 1989
Cru Burgeois (1989) Review
Estate making Cru Burgeois Estate Chateau Monbrison
Cru Burgeois (1989) Label Cru Burgeois
Style of Cru Burgeois Style Red & Still
Country of Chateau Monbrison Country France
Region of Chateau Monbrison Region Bordeaux, Margaux
Grape blend of Cru Burgeois Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Vintage of Cru Burgeois Vintage 1989
My review of Cru Burgeois Points

How it's made

Fermentation happens in stainless steel vats. This Bordeaux ages for 18 months in oak barrels (of which 40 to 60% are renewed each year, depending on the requirements of the vintage). It undergoes light fining and no filtration.


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Cabernet Sauvignon

Red-wine variety of grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most well-known red wine grape varieties in the world. It is grown in nearly every major wine-producing region, in a wide range of climates, from the Okanagan Valley in Canada to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon. Cabernet Sauvignon rose to popularity as a result of its use in Bordeaux wines, where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The grape spread through Europe and into the New World, settling in places like California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Napa Valley, Hawkes Bay, South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, Australia’s Margaret River and Coonawarra valleys, and Chile’s Maipo Valley and Colchagua. It was the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape for most of the twentieth century, before Merlot overtook it in the 1990s. By 2015, however, Cabernet Sauvignon had reclaimed its place as the most widely planted wine grape, with 341,000 hectares (3,410 km2) under vine globally.

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Dark blue-colored variety of wine-making grape

Merlot is a dark blue–colored wine grape variety that can be used to produce both blending and varietal wines. Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French word for a blackbird, which is most likely a reference to the grape’s color. Merlot is a common grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which appears to be higher in tannin, due to its softness and “fleshiness” combined with its earlier ripening.

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Cabernet Franc

Grapevine that yields black grapes used for wine

Cabernet Franc is a popular black grape variety grown all over the world. It’s mostly grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but it can also be vinified on its own, as in Chinon in the Loire. It is also made into ice wine in Canada and the United States, in addition to being used in blends and grown as a varietal.

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Petit Verdot


Petit Verdot is a red wine grape variety that is mostly used in traditional Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, sometimes too late, and as a result, it has fallen out of favor in its native land. When it ripens, it adds tannin, color, and flavor to the blend in small quantities. Petit verdot has gained popularity among New World winemakers, where it ripens more consistently and can be made into single varietal wines. It can also be used to’stiffen’ Cabernet Sauvignon blends’ mid palate.

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