2014 Montrose

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Average critic rating : 96.38 points



The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it! Feb 2017, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2024-2054



The Château Montrose 2014 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. It was picked from mid-September via five or six tries through the vineyard. The aromatics represent a clear step in quality from the second wine, attired with far more precision and focus, much more purity with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit, now with touches of violet and vanilla. It is beautifully defined and actually, at least at this juncture, closely aligned with Cos d’Estournel 2014. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that underpin layers of pure mineral-rich black fruit. There is an enthralling sense of energy and precision here and it fans out remarkably on the finish. Dare I say, this is one grand vin that comes perilously close to matching the heights of the 2009 and 2010. This is a brilliant Montrose, one of the best you will find on the Left Bank this vintage. Tasted on five separate occasions, twice at the château. eRobertParker.com.April, 2015



Incredible aromas of currants, blackberries, slate and flowers. Full-bodied yet so tight and beautiful with superb polish and brightness. The length is fantastic. Truly superb. Drink in 2021. Feb 2017, www.jamessuckling.com



As sleek and tightly coiled as they come, with wonderful purity and cut to the red and black currant and red and black cherry fruit. The long iron spine is thoroughly embedded and a gorgeous echo of charcoal lingers at the very end of the lightly pebbly finish. Everything finally seems to be coming together here.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.

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Chart showing (to 20/02/2017) market price for 12x75cl standard case:

Montrose 2014
+£249.00     (+30%) Latest price:  £1,079.00
Montrose 2008
+£276.67     (+55.78%) Latest price:  £772.67
Montrose 2004
+£436.00     (+144.85%) Latest price:  £737.00
Montrose 2001
+£795.00     (+318%) Latest price:  £1,045.00
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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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