2006 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L
  • WA 94
  • WE 94
  • W&S 94
  • WS 93
  • NM 92
  • JS 92

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2009
94+ The first vintage under new owner Martin Bouygueswho convinced Jean-Bernard Delmas to come out of retirement to produce this wine the 2006 Montrose is an undeniable success. A blend of approximately two-thirds... 94+ The first vintage under new owner Martin Bouygueswho convinced Jean-Bernard Delmas to come out of retirement to produce this wine the 2006 Montrose is an undeniable success. A blend of approximately two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon one-third Merlot and a tiny dollop of Petit Verdot the most dramatic difference between the 2006 and wines made by the previous administration is that Jean Delmas produces wines with sweeter silkier tannins although analytically they are as high as those found in the great Montrose vintages of the past. The 2006 is extraordinarily elegant and finesse-styled but it exhibits stunningly concentrated sweet blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of flowers and minerals. Full-bodied with a savory expansive mid-palate as well as sweet noble tannins this beauty will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for 20-25+ years.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
Yes, this wine is tannic. To begin with it seems austere and mineral. But then the substrate of black berry juice asserts itself. The fruits are fresh rather than sweet, combining with leather, spice and a presence of new... Yes, this wine is tannic. To begin with it seems austere and mineral. But then the substrate of black berry juice asserts itself. The fruits are fresh rather than sweet, combining with leather, spice and a presence of new wood. Typical of Montrose, it is hard to appreciate this young, with those tannins needing to open out. But wait 10 years.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2009
Located on one of the deep gravel promontories of the Médoc, Montrose has long been known for impenetrable wines on release. In 2006, the Charmolüe family, who had owned the vineyard since 1896, sold it to Martin... Located on one of the deep gravel promontories of the Médoc, Montrose has long been known for impenetrable wines on release. In 2006, the Charmolüe family, who had owned the vineyard since 1896, sold it to Martin Bouygues, a French construction magnate, and his brother, Oli­vier. The new owners brought in Jean Delmas, recently retired from his brilliant tenure at Haut-Brion, to direct winemaking. This first release from the new team is a lovely, fragrant cabernet, its deep earthiness and dark mushroom tones the only clues that it's a Montrose. The wine may be compressed in its structure, but it's supple and elegant, with purity and precision to its layers of currant, fennel, blueberry and blackberry. Lively acidity drives the fruit, its freshness lengthening the flavors. Built for 20 or more years of development, this young Montrose makes its beauty apparent from the outset.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2009
There's currant spice chocolate and berry character on the nose. Deep complex and full-bodied with chewy tannins and a long flavorful finish. A solid wine. Chewy. Best after 2014. -JS
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2010
Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This has good intensity on the nose: black dusty fruit, cedar, charcoal and scorched earth all with commendable definition. Medium-bodied palate, grippy tannins that are a... Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This has good intensity on the nose: black dusty fruit, cedar, charcoal and scorched earth all with commendable definition. Medium-bodied palate, grippy tannins that are a little coarse, but the balanced is here, well-integrated new oak, a little austere but fanning out towards the briary finish with blackberry, tar and cedar. This Montrose deserves another 8-10 years in bottle and I suspect that by then it will deserve another couple of points.
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2011
Montrose is so typically Saint-Estephe in 2006, with dried spices such cardamom and cloves as well as delicate currants. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a dense center palate. It needs another three or four years of... Montrose is so typically Saint-Estephe in 2006, with dried spices such cardamom and cloves as well as delicate currants. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a dense center palate. It needs another three or four years of bottle age to soften.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2006

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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.

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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.