1996 Montrose

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£1,266.00 DP

Average critic rating : 93.5 points



This was a very strong year for the Medoc, as opposed to Graves and the Right Bank. The vintage has a very irregular reputation, but not so much for the Cabernet Sauvignon grape in the Medoc. Harvest occurred September 23 and finished October 6, a relatively short period, even at a large estate such as Montrose. The wine has sweeter tannins than the 1995, but doesn’t have quite the ripeness noticeable in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010. This wine is the classic, or more traditional style of Montrose, with dusty loamy soil notes intermixed with blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Licorice, underbrush and floral notes were all present in this wine, which has good acidity and is not far from entering its plateau of full maturity. This was a year where Montrose used a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend – 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Wine Advocate.August, 2014



Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and vanilla, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with sweet fruit and silky tannins. Long and caressing. Beautiful now. may improve a bit with age, but why wait? I thought it was one of the wines of the vintage years ago. Not so.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 17,600 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2007

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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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