1989 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • WS 96
  • JR 96

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
This was not in the tasting at the chateau, but I opened two bottles on my return home, because this is another near-perfect wine from Montrose. It is an unusual two-grade blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot... This was not in the tasting at the chateau, but I opened two bottles on my return home, because this is another near-perfect wine from Montrose. It is an unusual two-grade blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. The wine emerged from another very hot, sunny, dry growing season, with early, generous flowering. Harvest in Montrose took place between September 11 and 28. The wine has never had any issues with brett, making it a somewhat safer selection than the more irregular 1990. Like a tortoise, the 1989 has finally begun to rival and possibly eclipse its long-time younger sibling, the 1990. The wine is absolutely spectacular and in auction sells for a much lower premium than the 1990. That should change. This is a magnificent Montrose, showing notes of loamy soil undertones, intermixed with forest floor, blueberry and blackberry liqueur and spring flowers. It has a full-bodied, intense, concentrated mouthfeel that is every bit as majestic as the 1990, but possibly slightly fresher and more delineated. This great wine should drink well for another 40-50 years. - Robert Parker
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2010
Intense aromas of crushed blackberry and mineral turn to dried flowers and dried fruits staying fresh on the nose. Full-bodied offering big round tannins and loads of ripe seductive fruit. This is decadent and wild... Intense aromas of crushed blackberry and mineral turn to dried flowers and dried fruits staying fresh on the nose. Full-bodied offering big round tannins and loads of ripe seductive fruit. This is decadent and wild turning nutty and fruity. A beautiful bottle. This is very close in quality to the legendary 1990.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009).
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, September 2005
Very similar hot, dry vintage conditions resulted in a much more classically styled wine with purer, more obvious fruit. Extremely polished and seductive and possibly the finest expression of modern Montrose for current... Very similar hot, dry vintage conditions resulted in a much more classically styled wine with purer, more obvious fruit. Extremely polished and seductive and possibly the finest expression of modern Montrose for current drinking. Classic, mineral-endowed undertow. 19/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 1989

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This great, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon wine is typical of the Saint-Estephe appellation. With rigorous selection in both the vineyard and the winery, Chateau Montrose is structured and tannic, yet possesses the elegance and refinement of a Grand Cru Classe. With time, it develops a delicate and complex bouquet.

The best vintages of Montrose are exceptionally long-lived, with certain vintages (1921, 1929, 1982, 1990, and 2009) considered to be legendary. The blend is roughly equivalent to the vineyard plantings - 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, with the balance from Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is matured for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels.

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Montrose

Chateau Montrose is situated five kilometers north of Pauillac in Saint-Estephe, on a very well-drained and ideally exposed gravelly outcrop which runs for over a kilometer along the Gironde estuary. The 95-hectare (234-acre) vineyard surrounds the chateau, the winery, and the outbuildings, planted to a mix of grape varieties with Cabernet Sauvignon making up 60% of the vines, with parcels of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Petit Verdot (2%).

Succeeding three generations of the Charmolue family, Martin and Olivier Bouygues acquired Chateau Montrose in 2006. Acquiring a love of Montrose wines from their father, and keenly aware of the potential of its unique terroir, they decided to invest in their passion. Under their management, Montrose entered the 21st century with a spectacular reconstruction.