2002 Montrose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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WS 92 VN 91 JL 90 WA 90
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2006

Very pretty aromas of blackberries spices and milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Still tight but refined and long. Just as I remember.--Non-blind Château Montrose...
VN 91

Vinous, May 2005

(91+ points) Moderately saturated ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, black cherry, leather, mocha, game, black olive and minerals. Suave, seamless claret with a firm edge of acidity. More harmonious now than it was...
JL 90

TheWineCellarInsider.com, June 2016

Concentrated, full bodied and more interesting on the earthy, spicy, herb and cassis nose, than on the palate, which finishes a bit stern and dry. You can drink this now, or age it, but the character will remain the same...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2005

An elegant yet richly fruited style of Montrose with medium body sweet notes of black fruits leather dried herbs and earth this round wine is not profoundly concentrated but is well-made with excellent depth ripeness and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2002
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13%

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.

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.