2003 Montrose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 99 JL 98 JS 97 NM 97 TWI 96 JA 95 WA 95 WE 95 WS 95 DC 92 VN 92
JD 99

jebdunnuck.com, August 2022

A prodigious beast of a wine that's now starting to shed just a touch of its considerable baby fat, the 2003 Château Montrose is based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2020

Opulent, rich, full-bodied, showy and intense, this feels just great as layers of perfectly ripe, sensuous black and red fruits glide over your palate. There is no heat, jamminess or overripe characteristics. What you do...
JS 97

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...
NM 97

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's "10-Year On" tasting in London. The Montrose '03 puts the Calon-Segur in the shade with tightly coiled earthy black fruit, briary, graphite, hot steaming espresso and Provencal herbs that are...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, September 2023

This was an extreme vintage, with very little water and very hot. The 2003 Montrose is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-brick in color, it is a little...
JA 95

janeanson.com, June 2022

Famously a successful 2003, due to the location of Montrose next to the river at a spot when the Estuary is opening up, around 3km wide at this point, bringing essential breezes in the heat. There are still some pretty...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2023

One of the top half-dozen wines of this torrid vintage in Bordeaux, as well as one of the least evolved, is the 2003 Montrose. Evocative of blackberries and cassis mingled with black truffles, loamy soil and pencil...
WE 95

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...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, January 2018

This is hard to distinguish as an '03, as an austere, racy profile of charcoal, black currant and iron reigns. Taut and focused, with a sense of freshness from buried bay leaf and tobacco accents, this is set apart in the...
DC 92

Decanter, March 2017

A year when those cooling breezes from the estuary were essential. This displays sweeter, spicier fruit character than some years, and you can feel a more exotic style of oak. You get caramel and toffee on the nose with...
VN 92

Vinous, August 2023

The 2003 Montrose has much more freshness than the 1983 tasted alongside. With blackberry, boysenberry, wilted iris flower, loam and clove, it's pretty complex and certainly more complex than the Lafon Rochet. The palate...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2003
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

The 2003 Montrose is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend from the St Estephe region of Bordeaux, France. This wine exhibits a deep, intense red color that is visually captivating. It has a classic cork closure, which adds to the overall elegance of the bottle.

On the nose, the 2003 Montrose offers a complex bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, iris flower, loam, and clove. These aromas intertwine to create a captivating olfactory experience. The wine expertly balances fruit and earthy notes, making it a truly intriguing and multi-dimensional wine.

The palate of the 2003 Montrose is medium-bodied with grainy, grippy tannins. It is powerful and robust, showcasing the wine's aging potential. The flavors of blackberry, cassis, and black plum dominate the palate, while notes of vanilla, cedar, and black pepper add layers of complexity. The wine expertly integrates these flavors, resulting in a harmonious and well-balanced wine.

Critics have praised the 2003 Montrose for its exceptional quality. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 95, noting its austere, racy profile and drive. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it an impressive score of 98, highlighting its pure blackberry and graphite aromas, as well as its medium-bodied palate with seamless fruit and tannins. This wine has also been lauded by other critics, such as James Suckling, who described it as the most exciting Montrose ever made, and Jeb Dunnuck, who awarded it a score of 99, praising its richness, structure, and aging potential.

Overall, the 2003 Montrose is a remarkable wine that showcases the best of the St Estephe region in Bordeaux. With its complexity, power, and aging potential, it is a wine that will continue to evolve and impress for many years to come.