Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate: The 2015 Mont Perat blanc showed well out of barrel. Now in bottle, it fulfills that promise with quite a precise and focused bouquet of lemon zest, linden and light white flower scents. This is very controlled but it seems to build in intensity. The palate is very well balanced with subtle tropical notes on the entry of guava and pineapple, the acidity well judged and with a dash of spice on the finish. This is turning into a really quite gorgeous Bordeaux blanc that comes highly recommended.
One of the most-wanted wines in Asia, Chateau Mont-Perat is 1 of 5 chateaux, belonging to the Despagne family, a dynasty of 8 generations of Entre-Deux-Mers vignerons. Their wine was for the 1st time mentioned in “Le Feret’ guide in 1868; the era of success and renown, however, came only 100 years later, when in the 1970’s Jean-Louis Despagne took control of the 20-ha family property. Today it totals 330 ha.
The demand for Chateau Mont-Perat wine was prompted by its mention in the popular Japanese comics-series “Drops of God” but it, certainly, would not have reached the sensational level, if it did not display exceptional quality that the owners managed to achieve since 1998.
What they purchased then was a completely neglected estate; their first aim was to bring the vineyard to the contemporary viticultural standard; the next challenge was to restore cellars built in the early 1900’s incorporating gravity-led vinification, advanced systems of receiving and sorting fruit and other up-to-date equipment (the original winery dates back to 1780 but after a catastrophic fire it was re-constructed from scratch in 1920).
Generous in fruit flavours Mont-Perat reds display harmony and good aging capability; whites, touched by minerality, offer zesty aromas of citrus and peppermint.
Vineyard area: 102 hectares
Soil: Gravelly-clay, limestone