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  • Country ranking ?

    661
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Goat Cheese and Olive Skillet

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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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Château Montrose 2000: Main characteristics of the vintage
In 1999, after a very cold November, December turned out to be exceptionally mild and rainy. January was cold and very dry, entailing a good vernalization. The following months were mild and not too rainy. The bud burst occurred between March 15th and 20th. Spring was hot and moderately humid, the vine grew quickly, and the risks of diseases were high, compelling us to be vigilant. The mid-blossoming was noted on June 4th. After a cold and rainy month of July, August was hot and dry. The weather was still fair in September and the conditions of maturation were ideal.

Period of harvest: September 22nd – October 7th

The Merlots were rich and highly complex. The Cabernet francs were extremely fine and the Cabernets-Sauvignon very ripe, revealing full wines, combining power, finesse and complexity. The blending will took place in January resulting evidently a great vintage for Montrose.

Blend: Cabernet-Sauvignon: 63 %, Merlot: 31 %, Cabernet franc: 4 %, Petit Verdot: 2 %

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Vintage 2000

BORDEAUX 2000 – A  DREAM VINTAGE

Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.

During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.

While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.

 

2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.

All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.

Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Brick red

ending

Medium

flavors

Leather, Earthy, Tobacco, Cranberry, Blackcurrant and Blueberry

nose

Pure, Complex, Opulent and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Complex, Developing, Full-bodied, Elegant, Firm, Ripe and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Oxidised

Written Notes

A seriously good Bordeaux, on the firm side but lacking any of the problems that may, or may not – depending on your point of view, afflict the 1990. Has the complexity one would wish. Supple, balanced and lingering. Plenty of grip. As one would expect with a top Montrose, seemingly has an eternity before it.

93

  • 93p

Dense and nearly dark in colour.
The nose is complex. Still shut, it offers aromas of tobacco, black fruits, and morello cherries. Long and full on the palate with aromas of morello cherries, blackcurrant, liquorice. Gorgeous wine, full, and potent.
Melted tannins with a beautiful velvety texture. A powerful and lingering finish.

Tasted four times - last time in December 2016. Consistent notes. Extremely complex on the nose with overwhelming aromas of blueberries, rich, deep, long and wonderfully structured on the palate. A fantastic tribute to the vintage.

  • 97p

On the nose you have a nice confection of blueberry, blackberry and licorice. It opens with notes of bitter chocolate, currants and blackberries. It is lush and to me distractingly flabby at the mid palate. Earth and spice then express themselves, the tannic contours frame the core of fruit becomingly, plums and some graphite emerge in a rich, long, Merlot accented finish, though still there is a little too much dryness given the level of fruit, and the long finish lacks to me the ebullience or panache you seek from Montrose. To be fair, it remains a very young St. Estephe, and ‘perhaps’ greater things are in store. 91 Points+

  • 91p
Ruby. Dark fruits, cassis, leather, scented, detailed, nose, layered, exotic, lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, detailed, red berries, darker fruits, scented, floral, minerals, long. 95
  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is deep. On the nose it is intense, opulent, ripe, rich and pure. The taste is full, ripe, silky, fat, powerful, warming, with medium tannin, with silky tannins, and average in acidity and full-bodied. On the palate it is layered and has balsamic, blueberry, cassis, cedar, coffee, cranberry, earthy, leather, licorice, meaty, new-oak, tobacco, smoky and plum flavours. The finish is medium long. This wine is impressive.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Origin

St. Estephe, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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