“A masterclass in the flavours and aromatics that you expect in a great Médoc wine”
98 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER (on 2019 Chateau Montrose)
Second Growth Chateau Montrose has some of the finest terroir in the Medoc, making it consistently one of the top estates year in, year out. And 2019 is no exception. Released today with a 22% reduction from the 2018 release price.
Its close proximity to the Gironde River protects the estate from extreme temperatures (acting as a 'thermal buffer') and its subsoil, which is rich in clay, releases water throughout the summer keeping the vines in perfect health despite the dry 2019 climate. The wines produced are both elegant and powerful and no doubt some of the longest living in the Medoc. Jane Anson is the only major critic to publish her review so far, awarding it one of the highest scores in the entire vintage - 98 points.
When the Bouygues brothers took over the estate in 2006, they brought the late, great Jean Bernard Delmas out of retirement, former director at Chateau Haut-Brion, and in 2012 hired Herve Berland, who had previously been working at Chateau Mouton-Rothschild for approximately 40 years. Montrose has had no shortage of First Growth expertise at its disposal - and it shows.
The intra-plot picking followed by tailor-made vinification allowed the Chateau to obtain 77 batches of free-run wine and seven batches of press wine for the blending in 2019. The presence of nearly 100 pickers on the property for almost a month allowed the estate to pick ripe grapes in a reactive manner.
The Chateau believes 2019 to be a vintage very close to 2016 in quality, placing it among the great vintages of Montrose, with a similarity in the fruit and delicate nature of the tannins along with the ripe, precise, concentrated structure of 2015.
The Second wine of Chateau Montrose is consistently one of the top second wines produced in the Medoc. We couldn’t resist including it here as a value-add option. From one of the top winemaking teams in Bordeaux, it is hard to resist.
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"Oh this is good, it steals up on you with real depth of flavour, stately and concentrated in a way that reminds me of a 1996 or a 2016. Extremely measured, very clear that this is going to age effortlessly, it is extremely discreet and yet packed with persistent flavours. A masterclass in the flavours and aromatics that you expect in a great Médoc wine - slate, crushed stones, savoury blackcurrant, liquorice, hints of smoke and cold ash. After five minutes in the glass the sweeter berry fruit comes out, and the whole thing is sappy and mouthwatering, and makes you smile. 12% press wine, 3.77oH. A yield of 47hl/ha. 60% new oak. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend."
98 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER
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"The Merlots were so good this year that most have gone into the first wine, giving this a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual and making it a serious Dame de Montrose, with clear ageing potential. Elegant and balanced, with purity and juicy black fruits. It has that savoury Cabernet quality which is very Médocain, this is absolutely one to look out for, packed with estate signature. 30% new oak. 43% of total production. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Lovely new label here also, with rose gold roses across it. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040"
94 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER