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Chateau Montrose 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
  • RP 97
  • JS 96
  • WS 94
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Winemaker Notes

The 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1999

Color: Dense, deep, almost blackThe nose is still closed: black fruits, spices, chocolate.Complex palate, long, rich, powerful, cherry, cocoa, licorice, tobacco brown, pruneThis is a very big wine, full and very structured, with nice length, the tannins are very robust, with great aging potential.

Critical Acclaim

RP 97
The Wine Advocate

Tasted at the vertical in London, the 2005 Montrose came and delivered the goods. This was the best example of the 2005 that I have tasted, perhaps a wine that is going to prove that, the longer wine lovers can resist temptation. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and .5% Petit Verdot picked between 23 September and 9 October. The bouquet is extremely detailed, displaying more red berry fruit compared to the 2010 Montrose that leans towards black. Graphite and cedar emerge with time, even an unusual floral scent that is uncommon with respect to this property, whilst all the time retaining fantastic focus and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a ferrous tincture on the entry. There are the first signs of secondary notes (dried leaves and bay leaf), but it is the tannic backbone and the precision that really defines this Montrose at the moment. For certain, it is masculine and structured, yet it has enormous potential, perhaps more than was suggested when it was first released? This is for the long term, but you know that already. Tasted June 2016.

JS 96
James Suckling

This continues to be very tight yet I loved drinking it the other night at dinner. Loads of spices, berries, meat, cloves and chocolate on the nose. Full body with soft, silky tannins and lots of rich fruit. Still chewy. This is just starting to open up now. Drink or hold.

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WS 94
Wine Spectator

Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral, lead to a full-bodied palate. Very chewy, with loads of tannins, yet this follows through with beautifully ripe fruit, mineral and mint. Fascinating. Best after 2012.

Chateau Montrose

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Chateau Montrose, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Montrose
At Château Montrose, the terroir's potential is optimised on the basis of a very simple winemaking philosophy, summarised by Jean Bernard Delmas as follows: "wine is made in the vines and not in the winery." In other words, fine wine can only be made with good grapes. The finest terroir and best vineyard plots on the estate were identified many years ago. Vineyard work and winemaking methods are guided by a global,common-sense approach to the... View More