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  • Country ranking ?

    441
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Ragout with Sweet Potato Gnocchi

The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring. Drink 2025-2060

Score: 93/95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Blueberry, black currant, fresh basil and lemon grass flavors. Full body, velvety tannins, clean finish. Spices. Depth.

Score: 93/94

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Montrose is silky, super-finessed and nuanced, all qualities that are unusual for a wine that is usually much more of a powerhouse. Black cherry, smoke, leather, graphite, crème de cassis and licorice notes open up in the glass, yet the wine comes across as raw and not fully formed. The 2015 appeared to put on a bit of weight over the two weeks I followed it, but I don't see the depth, structure and personality of the very best versions.

Score: 90/93

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Concentration richness the nose has a powerful mix of black fruits the palate a brooding depth. The tannins are fine and not that obvious but support. The fruit at the back is ripe a rich mix of black fruits yet there is balance with freshness on the finish.

Score: 91/95

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Well, well, well. How good is this? St. Estèphe was supposed to be the least favoured commune in the Médoc in 2015, but this is a brilliant wine that’s up there with the best releases of the vintage. Perfumed, dense and super concentrated, with compact tannins, notes of cassis, blueberry and liquorice and very fine tannins. Drink: 2025-40

Score: 96

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Very dark and very dramatic. Even a hint of overripeness on the nose. A little stodgy. Could do with a little more lift. A little dry at present. Clearly fashioned for the very long term. Kerpow! Very much in the style of the old Montroses in terms of sheer concentration. Drink 2027-2042

Score: 17+

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Spicy and Alcoholic

flavors

Earthy, Spice, Smoky, Meaty, Mushrooms and Tobacco

nose

Rich and Fresh

taste

Low in Acidity, Balanced, Complex, Full-bodied, Rich, Silky, Fragrant and Drying tannins

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

Tasted in April 2016. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 13,8% alcohol. "Iron fist in velvet glove" or "wolf in sheep's clothes", boom, big concentration of everything, enormous depth and length, fabulous complexity and richness. Magnifique! Surely in my top ten of 2015 wines. 1. Growth quality!

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Ruby. Spices, dark fruits, floral, red berries, floral, detailed, maybe not the most intense Montrose but a lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, dark berries, rounded texture, juicy, lively, smooth and precise, long. 13,4% alcohol this year. Montrose has been ecological for a few years already and starts trials on biodynamics now in 2016. 94-96
  • 95p
Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of black cherries, mulberries, vanilla, mild spices, hints of violets in the background. On the palate an opulent and expressive wine with a very elegant character, excellent length and mouthfeel. Elegant and powerful in the same moment, a wine with a very promising future.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Montrose 2015  ( Château Montrose )

Tasted in April 2016. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 13,8% alcohol. "Iron fist in velvet glove" or "wolf in sheep's clothes", boom, big concentration of everything, enormous depth and length, fabulous complexity and richness. Magnifique! Surely in my top ten of 2015 wines. 1. Growth quality!

8m 5d ago

95p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Montrose 2015  ( Château Montrose )

"Ruby. Spices, dark fruits, floral, red berries, floral, detailed, maybe not the most intense Montrose but a lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, dark berries, rounded texture, juicy, lively, smooth and precise, long. 13,4% alcohol this year. Montrose has been ecological for a few years already and starts trials on biodynamics now in 2016. 94-96"

9m 16d ago

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Montrose 2015  ( Château Montrose )

"Medium deep colour. Elderberry, blackcurrant herb garden aromas with savoury graphite, black olive notes. Plush richly textured wine yet very balanced and fresh with cassis chocolate, vanilla graphite notes, plentiful ripe tannins, savoury biscuity oak. Finishes chalky firm with and inky long finish. Still elemental but very attractive with plenty of cellaring potential. More volume than Lafite 97 points"

1y 1m ago

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Montrose 2015  ( Château Montrose )

"Montrose Saint Estephe - 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc
Very deep colour, impressive richness on the nose, deep black fruits, tapenade, peppercorn. White pepper, this is cool on the nose, generous, ripe, round fresh, very fine almost unnoticeable tannins on the palate, coffee, dusty and long. Fine for the vintage especially on the left bank. Big selection here it shows in the concentration. This is quite different in style to the Cos, both excellent will be a great comparison. 93- 96/100 2026-2050"

1y 1m ago

97p
 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Montrose 2015  ( Château Montrose )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Blackberries and sweet elderberries, hints of black cherries, mulberries, vanilla, mild spices, hints of violets in the background. On the palate an opulent and expressive wine with a very elegant character, excellent length and mouthfeel. Elegant and powerful in the same moment, a wine with a very promising future. "

1y 1m ago

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