1990 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • IWC 95
  • WS 94
  • JR 91

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry – one of the hottest vintages since... The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry – one of the hottest vintages since 1949. The fact that virtually no rain fell in September served as a catalyst to get all the grapes ripe and in cellars. Some bottles of this wine have a definite brett population that gives off the notes of sweaty horses, but this one did not. The ones I have had from my cellar – where I have had it frequently – are quite pure and clean. I suspect that the brett population is in all of them, but unless the wine hits some heat along the transportation route or in storage, the wine will not show any brett. This one tasted at the chateau, as well as those I’ve had from my cellar, have been pristine and not showing the sweaty horse notes that can be in evidence in brett populations that have flourished in the bottle because of external temperatures. This wine has an incredibly complex nose of spring flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, scorched earth and barbecue spice. It is full-bodied, majestic and opulent, with low acidity and fabulous fruit. It is close to full maturity. The wine should continue to drink well for at least another 30 or more years, but it is showing secondary nuances in the perfume. The wine is absolutely magnificent, broad, savory and mouth-filling. This is one of the all-time modern legends from Bordeaux as well as Chateau Montrose. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
Full ruby-red. Wild exotic aromas of crystallized redcurrant leather tobacco and minerals; distinctly exotic even overripe. Then lush sweet and opulent with an atypically velvety texture for Montrose. But extremely young... Full ruby-red. Wild exotic aromas of crystallized redcurrant leather tobacco and minerals; distinctly exotic even overripe. Then lush sweet and opulent with an atypically velvety texture for Montrose. But extremely young and structured finishing with powerful tannins and great grip and length. Almost California-like in style; in Bordeaux they'd refer to the fruit expression of this wine as "original" which is not necessarily high praise. Drink 2008 through 2030.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2006
Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and... Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and caressing. A big powerful wine. Like velvet.--Non-blind Château Montrose vertical. Drink now. 22000 cases made. -JS
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, September 2009
At first, the nose was not utterly pure and precise, but it seemed to clean itself up in the glass. It was definitely sweeter and richer than any Montrose I can think of and was pleasing, flattering and easy to drink with... At first, the nose was not utterly pure and precise, but it seemed to clean itself up in the glass. It was definitely sweeter and richer than any Montrose I can think of and was pleasing, flattering and easy to drink with some very fine tannins and just a little dustiness on the finish. 17.5/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 1990

Label

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.

Winery

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.