In 1993 Chantal and Gérard Perse came to Monbousquet to begin a new chapter in the château’s story, ushering in a veritable “leap in quality”. A golden opportunity for this great terroir so rich in history, situated just 500 meters from Saint-Emilion’s southern slopes…
In the months after Gérard Perse’s arrival, production standards at Monbousquet were completely revised both in the vineyard (entirely restructured and drained) and in the cellars, with state-of-the-art installations and the creation of an aging cellar suitable for producing a great wine. The residence was also completely renovated. A self-taught visionary, Gérard Perse also planted the first white vines in Saint-Emilion. His efforts were soon recognized and in 2006 Monbousquet was promoted to the rank of a Grand Cru Classé.
In just a few years under the direction of its new owner, this growth which has always been well-respected among Saint-Emilion’s great wines has become one of the appellation’s stars, leading Robert Parker to declare: “Château Monbousquet under Gérard Perse’s guidance is exceptional. Right now this growth is probably the most exotic and most sensual wine in Saint-Emilion, if not in all of Bordeaux.”