1990 Montrose

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Average critic rating : 97.0 points



The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry – one of the hottest vintages since 1949. The fact that virtually no rain fell in September served as a catalyst to get all the grapes ripe and in cellars. Some bottles of this wine have a definite brett population that gives off the notes of sweaty horses, but this one did not. The ones I have had from my cellar – where I have had it frequently – are quite pure and clean. I suspect that the brett population is in all of them, but unless the wine hits some heat along the transportation route or in storage, the wine will not show any brett. This one tasted at the chateau, as well as those I’ve had from my cellar, have been pristine and not showing the sweaty horse notes that can be in evidence in brett populations that have flourished in the bottle because of external temperatures. This wine has an incredibly complex nose of spring flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, scorched earth and barbecue spice. It is full-bodied, majestic and opulent, with low acidity and fabulous fruit. It is close to full maturity. The wine should continue to drink well for at least another 30 or more years, but it is showing secondary nuances in the perfume. The wine is absolutely magnificent, broad, savory and mouth-filling. This is one of the all-time modern legends from Bordeaux as well as Chateau Montrose. Wine Advocate.August, 2014



Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit, earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones, yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied, with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and caressing. A big, powerful wine. Like velvet.--Non-blind Château Montrose vertical. Drink now. 18,000 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2006

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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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