2015 Montrose



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Average critic rating : 94.06 points

90-93

90-93

The 2015 Montrose is silky, super-finessed and nuanced, all qualities that are unusual for a wine that is usually much more of a powerhouse. Black cherry, smoke, leather, graphite, crème de cassis and licorice notes open up in the glass, yet the wine comes across as raw and not fully formed. The 2015 appeared to put on a bit of weight over the two weeks I followed it, but I don't see the depth, structure and personality of the very best versions. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

93-95

93-95

The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2025-2060

93-94

93-94

Blueberry, black currant, fresh basil and lemon grass flavors. Full body, velvety tannins, clean finish. Spices. Depth. Mar 2016, JamesSuckling.com

17

17

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Very dark and very dramatic. Even a hint of overripeness on the nose. A little stodgy. Could do with a little more lift. A little dry at present. Clearly fashioned for the very long term. Kerpow! Very much in the style of the old Montroses in terms of sheer concentration. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2027-2042

96

96

Deep florality and wonderful black fruit. Surprisingly smooth and silky at first then the classic firmness becomes plain towards the finish. It has more natural richness than most in 2015 – a superbly made wine from a great terroir. Apr 2016, Steven Spurrier, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2023-2045

94-96

94-96

Showing a good depth of color, the tobacco, cassis, boysenberry and spice-filled aromatics are hard to avoid. Full-bodied and concentrated, there is a lot of power and tannin to contend with this year. It's going to take time for this wine to become civilized. The finish packs a large bushel of ripe, sweet fruit and flavor along with tannins in every mouthful. Representing 36% of the production, the blend consists of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon , 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc . This wine reached 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.6 and the harvest took place between September 15 and October 8. Montrose which is on top of its game these days can fool you. It can be a bit hard to get a read on some vintages in their youth, making it quite possible this wine could end up much better when it is in bottle. It would not be the first time that happened. I can tell you that from personal experience. Apr 2016, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

96

96

Well, well, well. How good is this? St. Estèphe was supposed to be the least favoured commune in the Médoc in 2015, but this is a brilliant wine that’s up there with the best releases of the vintage. Perfumed, dense and super concentrated, with compact tannins, notes of cassis, blueberry and liquorice and very fine tannins. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2025-2040

94-96

94-96

This is a sumptuous wine with a fine structure that reveals its delicious fruit in layers of acidity and black currants. Even more Cabernet than usual in the blend has made it a dark, firm and structured wine. The juicy fruit shouldn't deceive; this is a wine that will age slowly. Apr 2016, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com



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Montrose 2015
+£97.33     (+8.84%) Latest price:  £1,198.33
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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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