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  • Country ranking ?

    564
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Braised lamb

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“For many years I have vehemently argued that the 1989 Montrose is a benchmark wine for the estate. Having tasted it several times over the last couple of months, I have never found a single occasion to alter that view. Tasted at the vertical in London, it continues to shine, having never lost any of its luster in recent years. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 11 to 28 Sep-tember. Lucid in color, the aromatics do not hold back with vibrant blackberry, blueberry and black truffle, hints of sous-bois, all with sensational precision that few can match in this vintage (indeed, its precision lends it a ve- neer of modernity since “precision” is now more com- monplace across Bordeaux). The palate is brilliantly bal- anced with filigree tannin. There is wonderful backbone here, extremely fresh and tensile, crystalline even with an exceptional detail, mineral-rich finish that lingers in the mouth. Difficult to fault, this might well be the greatest 1989 Montrose that I have tasted, and certainly wishing to take nothing away from the 1990 Montrose that I tasted alongside, the 1989 is now the one I would pick. Is this the greatest Saint Estèphe of the 1980s? I would put it within the top five Bordeaux of the 1980s. Could this be inching its way to perfection???”(100pts) RP

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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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Wine Information

This year proved to be particularly hot, sunny and dry, an ideal condition for bud burst, blossoming, « veraison », ripening, and great vintage.This exceptional year gave a splendid wine.

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Average Bottle Price

2020 2015 2010 2005 2000 1995
490€ +11.4% 440€ +37.5% 320€ +93.9% 165€ +37.5% 120€ +150.0% 48€

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

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Gentle and Flavorful

flavors

Blackberry, Vanilla, Voluptuous, Toasty, Leather and Truffles

nose

Intense, Fresh, Seductive and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Balanced, Well-structured, Good texture, Mature, Medium-bodied, Round, Focused, Elegant and Silky tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and has by the neck level. Colour is brick red, and looking healthy and deep. On the nose it is open, intense, fresh, seductive and refined. The taste is fragrant, round, focused, elegant, warming, with silky tannins, medium-bodied, with satin texture, well-structured, balanced structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has dried-fruit, perfumed, truffles, toasty, leather, violet, blackberry and vanilla flavours. The finish is medium long, gentle, lingering and flavorful. This wine is sophisticated,well-rounded and fine. I paid around 200-500€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 2h before tasting. Good value for money. I do recommend.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 94p

Sweet and creamy with very open flavours of vanilla, bing cherries and oak on the nose. Subble tannins, good round structure and very fresh black fruit flavours on the palate. More serious than some years with lots of life in the finish.

  • 93p

Ruby, thin garnet rim. Leather, cedar, tobacco, spices, figs, blueberries, intense nose, detailed, touch of mint, layered, quite rich nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, figs, cherries, spices, leather, tobacco, intense, detailed, black tea, almost leaps out of the mouth, powerful, long. 97

  • 97p

Possibly a notch off the best bottles, possibly needing a bit more decanting time on this evening, it rallied even more brilliantly with the richness of the dish. It also to me still appealed more than its vivacious ’90 companion. On the nose, berries, tobacco, and earth, quite grounded and not as expressive there on this occasion. Berries, cassis, mineral notes all collaborate on the mid palate. Blackberry and mint emerge next, St. Estephe veers into Pauillac perhaps, keeping its latent power, adding some composure. Then an almost Right Bank sweetness emerges, particularly with the dish, dark fruits, chocolate and truffle on the beautiful, layered finish. 96-97 Points+

  • 97p
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Information

Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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