“By nourishing the land and treating it with respect, we know that the land will give us back its finest fruits.” – Anne Bousquet
In recent years winemakers have been making huge investments in Tupungato to take advantage of the sky-high altitude. Twenty years ago, before all the big names, it was Jean Bousquet that had the vision to plant vines in Gualtallary Valley in the Tupungato district near the Chile border of Argentina. Today Domaine Bousquet is one of the best and largest producer of organic wines in the region.
Taking over the reigns from her father, Anne Bousquet is CEO and Co-Owner of Domaine Bousquet, she along with her husband Labid al Ameri run the winery. Anne Bousquet grew up in a winemaking family and had always had hands on experience in winemaking from the young age of 10. In 2009 Anne and Labid moved to Tupungato and two years later Jean retired. For more background, click here to read my previous article on Domaine Bousquet.
Anne Bousquet & Labid al Ameri have made a huge commitment to organic agriculture, and to improve the biodiversity of their land. At Domaine Bousquet, they consider that the healthier the vineyard, the better the quality of the grapes and, therefore, the wine. The belief is that when the vines are grown organically they tend to penetrate deeper into the soil, and deliver more authentic flavors of the terroir. Hence you find the organic wines of Domaine Bousquet express the purity, intensity and character of their terroir. Domaine Bousquet wines are some of the most awarded organic wines of the world.
During the summer months we want to sip clean, crisp, organic, fresh wines. With long hot days, whether you are on the beach, by the pool, on a picnic, hosting a barbecue, or simply sitting out on the patio; Domaine Bousquet wines are the perfect choice.
Made with organic grapes from different regions of Valle de Uco and own vineyards located in Alto Gualtallary, Tupungato at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, one of the highest in Mendoza.
This refreshing 100% Sauvignon Blanc is light yellow in hue. Nice aromatics of lime and apple. Perfect for summer sipping with its fresh crisp acidity. The wine will pair well with a light summer salad or grilled fish.
Summer is the season to drink pink and clean. The Domaine Bousquet Rosé gets you into the season with its gorgeous pale pink hue. The organic grapes are a blend is 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Pinot Gris, and 10% Viognier. The nose reminds you of a summer garden, with hints of strawberry, lemon, and floral notes. Crisp, clean and balanced on the finish.
This is a versatile and food friendly rosé. It will pair great with barbecue pork, hamburgers, pasta salads, charcuterie and a festive cheese board.
This is Domaine Bousquet’s first natural wine, with no sulfites added, made with USDA-certified organic red grapes. The Virgen 2018 is a new level of dedication, the purest expression to date of the winery’s Tupungato, Uco Valley terroir.
Virgen is a blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc. The wine has a deep rich violet hue with notes of blackberries, raspberries and spice. The medium bodied palate leaves you with a long fruity finish.
During the summer months, I love to drink natural wines. They are light, clean and fresh. The Virgen is great for summer barbecues and for entertaining. The beautiful label is a great conversation starter. Pair it with roasted pork or hamburgers. Serve just slightly chilled.
** Wines received as media samples. All opinions are my own.**