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, April 2017
Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 1990 Montrose is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc (almost identical to the 1989 Montrose) and picked between 14 September and 3 October. It... Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 1990 Montrose is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc (almost identical to the 1989 Montrose) and picked between 14 September and 3 October. It has a formidable reputation and for years it overshadowed the 1989. That said, it is well known that there are incidences of brettanomyces that compromise some bottles and the one bottle in London showed just a tincture of this. It still merited a score of 97/100, though it only served to highlight the ethereal delineation of the 1989. Then literally a couple of days later. I was served blind a magnum of the 1990 Montrose in Cape Town, which had been purchased on release and stored in perfect conditions. Now, here was the real deal, unfettered by any infection, a regal Saint Estèphe. It shows approximately the same evolution as the 1989 in bottle, but unsurprisingly showed less bricking in magnum format. The bouquet is cut from a different cloth to the 1989 and attests to that warm vintage: hickory, clove, undergrowth and wild fennel, later garrigue-like scents and terracotta, the latter two more pronounced on the bottle format compared to the youthful magnum. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, yet the balance is perfect, a ballerina-like poise with the structure of the Forth Bridge. It is a multi-layered Montrose that offers enormous length, fresh and vibrant with the magnum demonstrating tangible mineralite and tension as it fans out on the crescendo of a finish—a fanfare for Saint Estèphe in all its glory. Improving all the time in the glass, this example of 1990 Montrose is a privilege to behold. One can speculate whether larger formats are a "safer bet" in terms of experiencing this behemoth without any brettanomyces. Perhaps. However, if you do come across the 1990 Montrose like this, you are in the presence of a king. Tasted January 2017. - Neal Martin
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.