It was such a pleasure to meet lovely Anne Bousquet today, the owner of Domaine Bousquet in Argentina.
If the name sounds French, that is because it is. Anne’s father Jean Bousquet, a longtime winemaker in the Languedoc region of France, went on a vacation to Argentina in 1990 and fell in love with the terroir. He created his own winery in one of the most prestigious, high altitude areas of the Uco Valley and set about making wine.
Anne Bousquet, after a career in finance, also became enchanted by winemaking and with her husband bought a property across the way.
Today Anne prides herself – and justifiably so – on her organic winemaking, using the best grapes grown on the high altitude Uco Valley soil.
Because most people think of Argentina as a hot country, they may find it difficult to believe good sparkling wine and Champagne can be grown. Yet both the sparkling wine (a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) as well as the Chardonnay still wine we had today at a showcase lunch was fabulous, very fresh with zesty acidity from the cool climate and high altitude.
Of course, Malbec is the main grape here, and the Malbec we tried was just as the world likes it, very ripe black fruit and spice. The Cabernet Sauvignon single varietal was excellent as well, full of ripe concentrated black fruit.
Yet the real surprise of the lunch was the red blend called Gaia that was made from a near equal amount of Syrah and Malbec, rounded out with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a real winner of a wine, spicy, rich, concentrated, and a great pairing with steak.
Though Anne grew up in a winemaking family, she has great intuition about wine and the demands of the market. Even so, she retained a top consultant, Paul Hobbs, to better advise her on the best varieties suited for the terroir.
You can find Domaine Bousquet in various cities in the USA.