2003 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • JS 97
  • IWC 96
  • WS 95
  • WE 95
  • JR 90

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Reg: $249.94

$219.94

This product is
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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this fabulous terroir. It boasts a deep... A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this fabulous terroir. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of blueberries, black currants, blackberries, licorice and camphor. Dense, full-bodied and rich with an unctuous texture, well-integrated, melted tannins, and a long, heady finish, this big, brawny, super-intense, gorgeous 2003 is just beginning to enter its plateau of full maturity. It should remain there for at least two decades. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JS 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 2013
After the 2009, this is the most exciting Montrose ever made, with intense aromas and flavors of plums, blueberries, spices, tobacco and cedar. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins but a dense, delicious... After the 2009, this is the most exciting Montrose ever made, with intense aromas and flavors of plums, blueberries, spices, tobacco and cedar. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins but a dense, delicious palate. Better in 2016, but why wait?
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
($175-$250) Good medium-deep ruby-red. Superripe roasted aromas of black raspberry chocolate and licorice. Wonderfully dense sweet and lush with an early roundness rare for this wine. A monumental St. Estephe with almost... ($175-$250) Good medium-deep ruby-red. Superripe roasted aromas of black raspberry chocolate and licorice. Wonderfully dense sweet and lush with an early roundness rare for this wine. A monumental St. Estephe with almost confectionery sweetness. Wonderfully horizontal palate-saturating wine with huge but thoroughly ripe lush tannins. It's hard to believe that a wine this rich and deep could be carrying just 13.2% alcohol. The only thing missing here is the floral topnote of 2005 but that's a quibble in this baking-hot vintage as Montrose's cooler water-retentive clay-rich soil handled the extreme heat and drought as well as any chateau in the Bordeaux region. The final blend is 63% cabernet sauvignon 33% merlot 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. 96 points
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2006
Dark color. Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, spice and tobacco. Loads of plum. Medium- to full-bodied, with very integrated and refined tannins. Long. This really builds on the palate. This is better than the 2000... Dark color. Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, spice and tobacco. Loads of plum. Medium- to full-bodied, with very integrated and refined tannins. Long. This really builds on the palate. This is better than the 2000 and 1990. Only time will tell if it's better than the 1989. Best after 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. – JS
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2006
Thought by many tasters to be the wine of the vintage at the time of the 2004 barrel tastings. Has it retained that status? It is certainly a hugely powerful wine, monumental even. It is also finely balanced, with great... Thought by many tasters to be the wine of the vintage at the time of the 2004 barrel tastings. Has it retained that status? It is certainly a hugely powerful wine, monumental even. It is also finely balanced, with great dark tannins working in partnership with brooding black fruit. The question is whether it is too big, too powerful: only time will tell.
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2013
(17/20) Fragrant red and dark fruit, some oak spice and a slight leafiness. Fresh, lively and leafy on the palate. More Pauillac than St-Estèphe? (JH)
JJB 98
Mike Supple - JJ Buckley, February 2007
An intensely dark opulent black core with a bold garnet rim. Rich heavy and spicy on the nose. Dark plum and cassis aromas push through followed by cooler undertones of blueberry blackberry and sweet red raspberry. ... An intensely dark opulent black core with a bold garnet rim. Rich heavy and spicy on the nose. Dark plum and cassis aromas push through followed by cooler undertones of blueberry blackberry and sweet red raspberry. Surrounding the intense fruit are pervasive aromas of mushroomy earth wet stone sweet tobacco and a hint of green bell pepper followed by lingering spicy aromas of black pepper cedar vanilla and cinnamon. In the mouth this wine is huge. The tannic acid is strong from the front of the mouth all the way through the finish. Well integrated and balanced for such a young wine the power of the tannic structure just keeps building on the mid-palate. Cassis blackberry and black plum push through the thick tannins followed by persistent vanilla and charred oak. This is an intense wine that deserves to be laid down for several years. Intense yet balanced and distinguished with a promise of amazing future potential.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2003

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.