1985 Montrose

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Average critic rating : 87.5 points



A surpisingly light, innocuous style of Montrose, the 1985 exhibits a medium ruby color, followed by pleasant but washed-out aromas of sweet red currants, earth, and herbs. This medium-bodied wine displays some charm and sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out in the mid-palate and finish. There is also angular tannin and herbaceousness in the after-taste. While it is an above average, good wine, in terms of Montrose, it is disappointing. Anticipated maturity: Now-2005. Last tasted 10/97. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1



Starting to soften now with currant, fresh herb and light oak character. Full and round, with good fruit and a silky finish. Wonderful length and finesse. A wonderful wine now, but will go on for a long time.--Non-blind Château Montrose vertical. Drink now through 2015. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2006

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Montrose 1985
+£759.00     (+172.5%) Latest price:  £1,199.00
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Along with Châteaux Calon-Ségur and Cos d’Estournel, Château Montrose is one of St Estèphe’s top three properties. It is one of the great wines of Bordeaux. Recent years have seen some brilliant wines produced: both the 2009 and 2010 vintages are scored 100 points by Robert Parker, as is the 1990. 2003 Château Montrose, from an extraordinary vintage for the northern Médoc and St Estèphe in particular, is something of a young legend. The château is classes as a deuxième grand cru or second growth.

The vineyards, which lie on a rolling slope that runs down to the Gironde estuary, are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The proximity of the Gironde makes for a unique microclimate which protects against frost, and also helps with rot in vintages such as 2013. The harvest, which takes place slightly earlier than elsewhere in the Médoc, is done entirely by hand.

Château Montrose has been owned by the Bouygues family since 2006, and much investment has been made since. The cellar has been completely renovated and, since 2012, the property has been run by Hervé Berland, previously of Mouton-Rothschild.

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