2012 Chateau Montrose
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $84.94 (reg. $94.94)
No serious Bordeaux cellar is complete without some Chateau Montrose, whose hallmarks are power, structure, and ageability. This ‘Super Second’ growth and part of Robert Parker's "Magical 20" (a list that Parker considers, "wines of 1st growth quality...that are under valued and smart acquisitons") is one of the region’s top estates, regularly flirting with perfection. Today, we’ve got an in-stock parcel of 2012 Montrose, one of the estate’s best value vintages in recent memory.
Montrose is a consummate overachiever and its owners clearly have the first growths in their sights, too: This 2012 marked the first vintage for Hervé Berland, previously managing director of Mouton Rothschild, who succeeded Jean-Bernard Delmas, himself formerly director of Haut-Brion.
Rightly recognized as one of the Médoc’s longest-lived wines, some Montrose is always a valuable addition to any cellar. The celebrated vintages command top flight prices – for example, 2009 and 2010 will both set you back at least $200, while their recent efforts (2015, 2016) will run about double the cost. Montrose is known to produce consistently excellent wines regardless of vintage, with not much available under $100. At less than $85, this 2012 represents serious value.
Still youthful and with some hefty ageing potential, this is a very smart buy for Bordeaux enthusiasts. Grab some today, lay it down and revisit it for decades to come. Montrose rewards patience, after all! Cheers!