2010 Montrose

Montrose

96Average Score
Red
12x75cl
-
1 Immediate | 19 Marketplace
£1,815.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 6 Marketplace
£153.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£909.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
96
Critic Notes

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

Score: 100-/100Robert Parker

Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait? Tasted June 2016. Mar 2017, www.robertparker.com

Score: 99-/100Neal Martin

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.<b>James Molesworth, winespectator.com</b>

Score: 95-98/100Wine Spectator

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.

Score: 18-19/20Ivor Davies

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

Score: 18-19/20FINE+RARE

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. <b> asianpalate.com</b>

Score: 94-97/100Jeannie Cho Lee MW

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. <b>winecellarinsider.com</b>

Score: 95-96/100Jeff Leve

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. <b> jamessuckling.com</b>

Score: 95-96/100James Suckling

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

Score: 18-/20Decanter

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. <b> jancisrobinson.com</b>

Score: 17-/20Jancis Robinson
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Estephe
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Estephe
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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