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    3 801
  • Producer ranking ?

    27
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

The result of rigorous selection at each stage of production, in both the vineyard and the winery, this great, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon wine is typical of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. Structured and tannic but with all the elegance and refinement of a Grand Cru Classé, with time it develops a delicate and complex bouquet.

The wines have considerable ageing potential and are exceptionally long-lived. Certain vintages (1921, 1929, 1982, 1990, 2009, 2016) are considered legendary. 

Matured for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels, the premium wine accounts on average for 55% of the estate’s total production.

 

The 95-hectare vineyard in one single block, extremely unusual in the Medoc, is located on a very well exposed gravelly land, by the Gironde. The vineyard hence overlooks the estuary. The proximity to this vast body of water locally called “river” has a very smoothing climatic impact on the vineyard. The river and its tide mitigate and moderate the climate’s rigor: by mollifying the frost and refreshing blazing summer heat.

60 % of new french oak barrels, supplied by several carefully- selected coopers are used in Montrose, and 40 % in one year old barrels. The average ageing period is 16 to 18 months.

For our second wine, DAME DE MONTROSE, the proportion of new french oak barrels reaches about 15 to 20 %. The average ageing is 12 months; so begins a long process of racking rhythm.

This is a very natural process of slow wine decanting, to isolate the fine particles still present in the wine. All the wines are finely racked every 3 months, a very traditional method.

The wine is moved from one barrel to the other by gravity. Once the barrel’s bottom is reached, the workers carefully view, with a candle, the lees coming off the clear part of the wine. The fining is made traditionally, in barrels, with fresh egg whites, in order to refine the wine and to soften the tannins.

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Vintage 1947

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947. 

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygenic cellars that had no artifical cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperautre down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks. 

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

Bordeaux

This year produced some of the greatest wines ever made in Bordeaux. The Right Bank was the most succesful. Château Cheval Blanc and Pétrus produced not only the best wines of the vintage but the best wines of the wineries from all times. The Left Bank did also well, but was not at the level of the Right Bank. Château Margaux represents one of the best wines from Left Bank. White dry Bordeauxs are outstanding quality as well as Sauternes which produced very intense and lusciously sweet wines with less botrytised character. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Medium, Smooth and Gentle

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Complex, Round, Harmonious, Fruity and Medium-Dry

Verdict

Transparent and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Extraordinary in color (as most of the wines displayed in fact), the bouquet was a delightful amalgam of red fruit, roses, mint, spices and caramel. It opens with a seductive mélange of fruit, cedar and chocolate. Raspberries and blueberries are evident on the mid palate, some violets next. It has the tannic composure of Montrose, but here great Merlot appeal as well. There is a graceful richness and yet such a silky composure in what was typically a Right Bank vintage, but here Montrose produces perhaps the finest Left Bank example other than Mouton. An effulgent, nicely layered, fairly complex, vital finish provides a lovely, alluring exclamation. 97 Points

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Ruby with brownish hue, orange rim. Caramel, dried and dusty nose. Fresher palate, fresh, leaner some red berries, but dries off in the finish. 85
  • 85p

Information

Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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97p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Montrose 1947  ( Château Montrose )

Extraordinary in color (as most of the wines displayed in fact), the bouquet was a delightful amalgam of red fruit, roses, mint, spices and caramel. It opens with a seductive mélange of fruit, cedar and chocolate. Raspberries and blueberries are evident on the mid palate, some violets next. It has the tannic composure of Montrose, but here great Merlot appeal as well. There is a graceful richness and yet such a silky composure in what was typically a Right Bank vintage, but here Montrose produces perhaps the finest Left Bank example other than Mouton. An effulgent, nicely layered, fairly complex, vital finish provides a lovely, alluring exclamation. 97 Points

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Montrose 1947  ( Château Montrose )

"Ruby with brownish hue, orange rim. Caramel, dried and dusty nose. Fresher palate, fresh, leaner some red berries, but dries off in the finish. 85
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