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Chateau Montrose 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
  • JS 96
  • RP 94
  • WS 94
  • W&S 93
  • V 93
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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

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.

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

The 2005 Montrose has a saturated purple color. As backward as one would expect of a St.-Estèphe, it offers notes of sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, earth, graphite and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and still a decade away from prime-time drinkability. This 30+ year wine is clearly outstanding, but not one of the vintage’s most prodigious efforts. Rating: 94(+) Points

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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.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

This is so big it is blinding, a storm of mineral tannin and plum-skin extract. The volume is turned up high, and even as the tannic noise factor begins to diminish with days of air, the wine is still closed tight. The comportment of its power shows this to be a wine from a great terroir; the property, in fact, has some parallels to Latour, with its similarly shaped gravel promontory above the Gironde. Montrose consistently grows one of the staunchest, long-lived wines of the Médoc and though accommodations have been made in recent years to soften it, the tannic index in February 2006 read at 82, a force to reckon with over the decades to come.

V 93
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Good bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, flint and nutty oak. Large-scaled, rich and explosive, offering impressive volume and a sensation of power. The ripeness here verges on syrupy and this lush, round wine may well need a decade to lose some of its baby fat and assume its adult shape. The big, ripe tannins coat the teeth.
Rating: 93(+) Points

Chateau Montrose

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Chateau Montrose, St. Estephe, 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