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  • Country ranking ?

    1 220
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Meat Balls with Pomegranate Currant Sauce

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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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Vintage 1945

The world’s best wine vintage – 1947 or 1945? Tastingbook tasted all the best wines from these two great vintages.

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 or 1945 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.

We wanted to test that theory and we tasted them agains each other and the winner was 1947 – by far.

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.

1945 was an exceptional year throughout the whole France, from Côte-Rôtie to Bordeaux. Due to the warm and dry conditions, the grapes were very concentrated and produced an extraordinary, but unfortunately small yield. The harvest in 1945 was an early harvest, which started on the same date as 1982, September 13. The wines began life with massive levels of tannin and took quite a few decades to develop. Due to the high tannin levels, many of the wines still show well today.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Gentle and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Plum and Mineral

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Complex, Youthful, Full-bodied, Aggressive, Firm, Vigor and Full

Verdict

Well-rounded and Full-bodied

Written Notes

The Bottle was in excellen condition. Château-bottled with top-shoulder level. Decanted one hour and twenty minutes. Dark, but bright ruby colour with some fading at the rim. Lovely, well developed and perfumed nose of ripe cassis, soft plum and minerals with some spicy, minty notes. Spicey, full bodied and dense with a rounded texture. Youthful and vigorous. Well balanced, long and soft aftertaste. Amazingly, it still tasted less than a few decades old. A very classy wine that is drinking well now but will keep going for another decade.

  • 95p

The 1945 Montrose is youthful in color and shows thin bricking on the rim. The bouquet is delineated with scents of red berry intermixed with shaved black truffle and sous-bois, plus a touch of brown spice. The balanced palate delivers impressive, clean, pure red fruit, yet somehow comes across conservative and controlled, with a slightly blunt finish. Not the best 1945 but still a delicious, classically made claret. Tasted at Les Branleurs Montrose vertical in England.

  • 92p
Bright ruby, broad garnet rim. Figs, redcurrants, anise, leather, fruit driven, bright nose. Liquorice with more air. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, red fruits, detailed, nuanced, lively, leaner, same lively and playful red fruitiness of Ausone in the vintage and Pontet-Canet, have something similar. But it dies off after 45 minutes. 93
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Information

Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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