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    2 077
  • Producer ranking ?

    16
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Risotto and Asiago “Thumbprints”

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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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2013 2010 2005 2000 1995
775€ +7.5% 721€ +14.1% 632€ +42.7% 443€ +13.9% 389€ +46.8% 265€ +26.2% 210€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

19 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Brick red

ending

Flavorful

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Plum, Toasty and Chocolate

nose

Intense, Seductive and Round

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Perfumed, Refined and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Well made

Written Notes

It had a very vegetal nose at first with lots of that 1990 horse, animal and barnyard action. Michel was quick to point out that 1961 may be a 'legendary vintage, but bottles are not always legendary.' I started to work the wine in my glass a bit, and the earth of St. Estephe emerged, but the wine had a bit of a mildewy edge that was bothersome, and it was not cork or bottle taint. The wine was much better on the palate, where it was rich, smooth, satiny and round. Almost fully mature, there was still vigor and life here, but it was not the impression that most '61s give me on a regular basis. There were solid leather flavors, and the wine was certainly very good, but not great. I wondered about the bottle being affected somehow

  • 92p

Perhaps not a great ’61, but this was a lovely wine overall. Smoky red fruit, olives, minerals and chocolate all abound on the nose. It opens with cassis and dark berries accented with enticing fresh acidity. Then the eucalyptus and mint emerge, and I suspect this is still young. Herbs, spices and cherries past the mid palate, it has smooth texture and a graceful richness that laps away on the palate on the fairly distinguished, enticing finale -- not emphatic, but eminently appealing. 94 Points+

  • 94p
In neck fill. Ruby, broad brick rim. Tobacco, exotic spices, plums, figs and some cassis. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, fruity, red berries, detailed, nuanced, playful, lovely balance, refreshing. Long. Ever so slightly dry at it's very end. 94
  • 94p

Information

Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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94p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Montrose 1961  ( Château Montrose )

Perhaps not a great ’61, but this was a lovely wine overall. Smoky red fruit, olives, minerals and chocolate all abound on the nose. It opens with cassis and dark berries accented with enticing fresh acidity. Then the eucalyptus and mint emerge, and I suspect this is still young. Herbs, spices and cherries past the mid palate, it has smooth texture and a graceful richness that laps away on the palate on the fairly distinguished, enticing finale -- not emphatic, but eminently appealing. 94 Points+

5m 2d ago

92p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Montrose 1961  ( Château Montrose )

It had a very vegetal nose at first with lots of that 1990 horse, animal and barnyard action. Michel was quick to point out that 1961 may be a 'legendary vintage, but bottles are not always legendary.' I started to work the wine in my glass a bit, and the earth of St. Estephe emerged, but the wine had a bit of a mildewy edge that was bothersome, and it was not cork or bottle taint. The wine was much better on the palate, where it was rich, smooth, satiny and round. Almost fully mature, there was still vigor and life here, but it was not the impression that most '61s give me on a regular basis. There were solid leather flavors, and the wine was certainly very good, but not great. I wondered about the bottle being affected somehow

7m 2d ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Montrose 1961  ( Château Montrose )

"In neck fill. Ruby, broad brick rim. Tobacco, exotic spices, plums, figs and some cassis. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, fruity, red berries, detailed, nuanced, playful, lovely balance, refreshing. Long. Ever so slightly dry at it's very end. 94"

1y 1m ago

92p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Montrose 1961  ( Château Montrose )

"It’s all St. Estephe on the nose here, olive, chocolate, dark red fruit, and some smokiness. It opens with good structure, and initially was deeply alluring, with nice acidity, some added sweetness approaching the mid palate, sweet cherry and leather as it coalesced. Interestingly complex as it segues to a more cassis-infused finish, graceful and complete, but lacks the more multi-faceted elegance, focus and harmony of the other members of the flight. In remains a pleasant, appealing wine, but it also began to decline after some time in the glass. I suspect its best days are behind it. That said, a delicious overall experience. 92 Points"

2y 8d ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Montrose 1961  ( Château Montrose )

"D 2 h / G 2 h
Medium-intense brick red colour. Round and very toasty and seductive nose with sweet cocoa and dark chocolate aromas. Medium-bodied palate is intense and round with mellow tannins and ripe dark fruits. Harmonious wine with great appeal. The wine is peaking now and will evolve most likely another 4-6 years.
"

4y 7m ago

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