2010 Montrose



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Average critic rating : 95.8 points

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100

This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009. Harvest was October 15 to 17. The wine has really come on since I last tasted it, and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute. This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes. (Note: The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2100.) Wine Advocate.August, 2014

96-98

96-98

Tasted at the Château, Montrose is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between from 27th September through to 15th October, cropped at 45hl/ha. It has 13.8% alcohol with a pH 3.65. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, pure blackberry, dark cherries, just a touch of coca with very good vigour. Very juicy, quite saturated with a very dense, impenetrable finish. Sinewy, structured and masculine, with a slight saline touch on the aftertaste. This is a great Montrose that will one day be fascinating to compare against the 2009. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

95-96

95-96

This is really integrated and polished, with a full body and super layers of cashmere-like tannins. Goes on and on. 53 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 percent Merlot, 9 percent Cabernet Franc and 1 percent Petit Verdot. jamessuckling.com

95-98

95-98

Dense and dark, with a massive core of roasted fig, blackberry, espresso and bittersweet cocoa flavors followed by rapier tannins that drive through the finish. This has both richness and austerity. When it all comes together fully, this should be a superb wine.James Molesworth, winespectator.com

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17

53% Cabernet Sauvignon (75% last year! And expected to increase), 37% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. 64% of total production and remarkable for the unusually high proportion of Merlot in the grand vin blend – because of the purchase of vineyard from Phelan Ségur last year (did this help the Phelan purchase of restaurant Taillevent in Paris?) Very deep crimson. Quite different from most of these northern Médoc wines – much rounder and less fresh (presumably because of the Merlot). Very different from classical austere Montroses but soft and charming. As a wine, it is extremely well made with just a little furriness on the finish. As a Montrose it’s a bit disconcerting but my mark ignores this. Rather unusual lack of freshness. Just a bit plodding, astringent and sweet on the end. jancisrobinson.com

18

18

Elegant, quite reserved fruit, quite discreet now, will gain in length, but less exciting than 2009. Drink 2020-35. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18-19

18-19

Cattle graze on lower ground near Château Montrose, perhaps indicative of the clay under-soil which diffuses water even in such dry months as the 2010 summer. This has contributed to making a highly successful St Estèphe, famous for its concentration, dark tannic character and slow maturity. But the 2010 is not too big for its shoulders. it is elegant. The 2009 included 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot in a famous wine. the 2010 has 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and even 2% Petit Verdot, which, though very little, seems to add spicy, cocoa and mocha traces, to the brooding blackcurrant, black cherry and soft forest fruits, as well as earthy and strong minerality. The 2009 alcohol content was 13.7% and the 2010 13.8% and both will be big by the mid century.

95-96

95-96

Montrose - From a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and a smidgen of Petit Verdot, this represents 64% of the production. Opaque in color, with a nose of coffee, blackberry liqueur, cassis and spice, this is a powerful, dense, massive, tannic wine. Firm and structured, the wine paints your palate with a wall of fruit, tannin and acidity. This big wine will require decades to develop. winecellarinsider.com

94-97

94-97

The very classy 2010 Montrose is a deep ruby purple, offering up notes of ripe blackberries, plums, blackberries, cedar and tobacco, supported by a seductive array of blackberry, tobacco and tealeaf flavours, and lovely full ripe tannins that are fine and seamless. Another fabulous vintage for Montrose, this is a more classic and restrained style compared with the 2009. asianpalate.com

18-19

18-19

A very complex nose of smoked meat, damson and high-toned cassis. Hugely concentrated and slightly austere, seems very marked by the vineyard. The fruit is very silky and fine and while the tannins are rather brutal at this stage, they are very ripe and should allow this the age for at least 50 years. I'm looking forward to tasting this potentially great Montrose over the next few years as it comes together



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Montrose: The Importance

Described by Jancis Robinson as “Bordeaux’s archetypal St-Estèphe”, Château Montrose continues to delight and capture the hearts of those lucky enough to experience its enthralling blend of power and elegance.

 

One of the youngest estates to be included in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Montrose has, and continues to perform well above its 2eme Cru Classé status. As Robert Parker writes, “this outstanding St.-Estèphe…produces classics that beg comparison to such blockbuster, ageworthy wines as Château Latour and “rivals the first growths in complexity, richness and potential longevity.” When the Bouygues brothers took over the estate in 2006, they brought out of retirement, and hired Jean Bernard Delmas, the former director at Château Haut-Brion, and in 2012, hired Herve Berland, who had previously been working at Mouton-Rothschild for approximately 40 years. Clearly Montrose has no shortage of First Growth expertise at their disposal.

 

Consistently well rated by international critics such as Parker, stand out vintages have included 1989, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014, with some earlier vintages such as 1893, 1928 and 1959 becoming the stuff of legend.

 

The story of how the current owners, the Bouygues brothers came to acquire Montrose show the true power and magnetism of this wine. The idea to purchase the estate came about when Olivier Bouygues tasted and fell in love with the famed 1989 vintage, so much so that he announced that were the estate ever to come on the market, he would buy it. Thus is the draw and allure of this wine.



Montrose: The Insight

The wine produced at Montrose is characteristically rich and concentrated, with jammy fruit, leather, liquorice, meat and sweet tannins. Parker describing the 1990 vintage, writes that it is “a huge, corpulent, awesomely-endowed wine” and this is a wine that typically requires 15 or more years of cellaring, and in the best vintages can excel for up to 50 years.

 

The estate also produces a second wine called La Dame de Montrose. Unlike the Grand Vin, it is dominant in Merlot and provides an earlier drinking style of wine, although still full of the characteristic power and richness found in the Grand Vin, with real ageing potential, and described by Parker as “…one of the better second wines in all of Bordeaux.”

 

They also produce a third wine called Le Saint-Estèphe de Montrose, the product of younger vines, popular for how approachable it is in its youth.

 

The 95 hectare vineyard at Montrose is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 40 years, although some date as far back as 1932. Its proximity to the largest estuary in Europe means that the temperature is regulated year round, meaning that the vineyards still perform exceptionally well, in both extreme cold and heat, as experienced in 1991 and 2003.



Montrose: The Background

The sale of this estate to Etienne Dumoulin in 1778 marked the starting point for the winemaking legend that is now Château Montrose. Originally fields covered in heather, Dumoulin first started planting vines on the estate in 1815 and in 1896 sold Montrose to Louis Charmolue, who, born at Château Figeac, was no stranger to the world of Bordeaux wine-making. Charmolue acquired Cos d’Estournel and Château Pomys through marriage, and the family began the transformation of this estate into what it is now. During this period of ownership, the Charmolue family began bottling their own wine, one of the first châteaux in Bordeaux to do so. After approximated 110 years of ownership, the Charmolue family sold the estate to the Bouygues brothers, Olivier and Martin, who also own Château Tronquoy Lalande and who carried out extensive modernisation and renovation costing around 55 million euros.



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