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    1 442
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

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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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Main characteristics of the vintage 2005

2005 was known as the year of drought. The water deficit was constant and alarming: by the harvest, the volume of rainfall was less than half the average quantity of the past 30 years. Once more, the clayed sub-soils of Montrose played an important role. On the other hand, the temperature was significantly good, particularly during the summer with a profitable alternation of hot days and cool nights, sign of a very good ripening of the grapes.
Period of harvest: September 23rd – October 9th
2005 impresses by its exceptional power, the amazing pure fruit, and the extraordinary engaging elegance without having the overwhelming charm of the 2003.
Stylistically, very classical and very Bordeaux-like, without austerity.

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Vintage 2005

Bordeaux Vintage Report 2005 is a truly fantastic vintage with great quality across the board on both the Left and Right Banks.

The 2005 vintage became the most expected since 2000. The en primeur market was heated, and prices skyrocketed. The cold winter delayed the bud break before the hot ans dunny spring broke up. Even vegetative growth and flowering gave a perfect start to the vintage. The summer turned out to be one of the driest ever which was avoiding disaster since the weather remained reasonably warm not excessively hot as in 2003. The soil is again becoming a decisive quality factor. Gravelly areas, such as Graves, were worst affected once more. In other words, top wines are to be expected.

For short term perspective, in the next couple of years, an excellent amount of mature red Bordeaux wines will be available in the market. The vintages 2004, 2002, 1999, 1994, 1992 and 1988 offer a wide selection of enjoyable wines to be consumed immediately or at most to be stored for a short period.

As investments, the best vintages from the past 35 years are 2003, 1996, 1989, 1986 and 1982. The most certain long-term investments are Latour, La Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion, Le Pin and Pétrus.

In the last 35 years, Bordeaux has undergone a substantial change in winemaking. Modern equipment and developing know-how have guaranteed more even quality. It seems that the next challenge will be handling the extreme climates including slowly global warming, which has already given hints of its effects also in Bordeaux. It is impossible to say how the Bordeaux wines will change in the next 35 years. We can only hope that their most characteristic feature, elegant aristocratic nature highlighted by unique terroir, will never fade away.

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Dense purple colour, almost black.
Complex nose still shut delivering fragrances of black fruit, spices, chocolate.
Long, full, powerful complex on the palate offering up intermixed aromas of morello, cocoa, liquorice, brown tobacco, and prune.
Great wine. Full and very structured.
Beautiful length with neat and straight tannins.
Great ageing potential.

red colour with some hints of brown; clean aroma, ageeing aromas, medium intensity; red fruits aromas, jam, some spicy, a bit of leather, toast, old oak.

On the palate, dry, low acidity, medium alchool, medium tannins, juicy tannins, dry, spicy and a bit vegetal flavours, fullbodied and elegant lenght

  • 94p
Ruby. Ripe fruits, intense, cassis, vanilla, fruity, dark notes, layered, nuanced, detailed, dark fruits. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, intense, detailed, layered, nuanced, rich but lovely balance, still quite firm with fruit to last a long time. Bottle decanted for six hours. Long. 96
  • 96p
Tasted on 16th June 2016. Tasted together with 2003 in separate flight and despite how I love 2005 vintage, I sincerely felt it couldn't compete with 2003. More elegance and finesse here compared with 2003 but also less intensity, very seductive with lot of sweetness, great balance and persistent finish. Still exceptional vintage for the property.
  • 97p
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St. Estephe, Bordeaux

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