Wine of the week: 2015 Domaine Bousquet Malbec_lowres


Retail $10-$16

Argentina has attracted renowned vintners from France, Italy and California to cultivate new wines. A third-generation winemaker, Frenchman Jean Bousquet settled on a vineyard in the Mendoza region to make this malbec. The vineyard is located 40 miles south of the city of Mendoza, situated along the Andes mountains at 4,000 feet above sea level. Grapes grow in alluvial soils and the mild climate provides daily sunlight and cool nights. The contrasting temperature ranges extend the ripening period, which improves the varietal character while retaining good acidity in the fruit. Hand-harvested organic grapes were fermented in temperature-controlled vats for 12 days and macerated for 30 days. The wine was aged in French and American oak for six months. In the glass, it offers aromas of blackberry, black currants and spice. On the palate, taste dark cherry, ripe plum, herbal notes and well-integrated tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with pork, beef, duck and firm cheeses. Buy it at: Zuppardo's Family Supermarket, Pearl Wine Co., Hong Kong Food Market, W.I.N.O. and Whole Foods Market in Mandeville. Drink it at: Trinity, Chuck's Sports Bar and the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel bar.