Something about Chateau Montrose
A Second Classified Growth of 1855, Château Montrose is one of the essential properties in the famous Saint-Estèphe appellation, which is located on the Left Bank in the Bordeaux region. With more than two centuries of history, Château Montrose takes its name from the colour of the heather that covers the Château’s moorlands.
Spread over an area of 95 hectares, the Château Montrose vineyard has the unusual feature of being one single area that consists of a mosaic of terroirs. It has a unique location on a complex geological formation that is millions of years old with a combination of soils. They consist of gravel with sand mixed in on the surface, and a clay-rich subsoil that is ideal for preserving the vines’ water resources.
With an exceptional terroir, the typical style of the Saint-Estèphe appellation distinguishes the wines of Château Montrose. They are powerful, and their youth is marked by the signature of Cabernet Sauvignon. As they age over time, they develop a bouquet of rare complexity. As sign of excellence among the Top Ranked Growths, they combine finesse and elegance with structure and material, which guarantee exceptional cellaring potential.
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Sweet notes of earth, compost, and thick, juicy black currant as well as cherry characteristics jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2001. Medium-bodied and rich, with moderately high tannin as well as surprising power and density, it is the most backward St.-Estephe of the vintage. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it requires 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 15-16.
This has a very deep garnet core. The nose is very broody and introspective with tightly coiled earthy black fruits, opening to offer limestone, graphite and cooked meat. Good delineation and complexity. The palate is medium-bodied, very classic in style with dry grippy tannins and graphite infused black fruits. Firm backbone, very Pauillac in style with great definition and length on the finish. It has the edge over Cos d'Estournel this year.
Mid crimson. Rather monolithic on the nose. Very dry and dense. Solidissimo! Chewy. Very like the Montrose old-fashioned stereotype. You would really need to know and love Montrose to love this rather surly wine. Drink 2012 - 2024.