From Saint Estephe on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, Chateau Montrose is an institution. Famously known for having the most iconic barrel hall in Bordeaux, if not the world.
Château Montrose is a great second growth and was recently purchased and re-invigorated by the Bouygues family. Hervé Berland, who formerly worked at Mouton Rothschild, is now the main man and they are pumping serious dosh into the facilities. Chateau Montrose will no doubt continue to get better and better in the upcoming years.
Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and a 1% splash of Petit Verdot.
The 2017 Montrose was so impressive from barrel and now, bottled since July, it continues to put in a strong case for being one of the best Left Bank wines. It has a very pure and intoxicating bouquet with intense blackberry, light cassis, juniper and violet aromas, almost Margaux-like in terms of personality. Although there is a patina of new oak after bottling, it is in sync with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry. Tightly wound at the moment but supremely well focused, this is a classic Montrose, “cool” and reserved, demonstrating impressive tension and precision towards the finish. It will require less time in bottle than the 2016 for example, so broach this superb Saint-Estèphe after five or six years and then it will give 25 to 30 years of drinking pleasure, and knowing Montrose, probably longer. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2024-2050. 95 points – Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020
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