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    62
  • Decanting time

    45min
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    Beef

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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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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

flavors

Leather and Earthy

nose

Intense and Refined

taste

Medium-bodied

Verdict

Uninteresting and Wine for food

Written Notes

had a classic, chalky nose with some 'spearmint,' as Frank noticed. There was good vigor, although that vigor was on the slaty and minerally side. The 1906 also had the popcorn of the 1911 and great verve and backbone in the nose at first. The palate was softer with nice balance and nutty and dusty flavors. I also noticed citrus for the first time. Its balance and roundness were excellent, and Frank personally gave it bonus points for its age

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A: bright, moderately intense, almost black, promising N: developed strawberries, a bit wild and volatile P: vivid, mellow tannins, warming alcohol E: silky appealing finish In a nutshell: more enhanced than you anticipated Final verdict: so far the finest 1906 Bordeaux we have tasted!
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Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

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