2008 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L
  • WE 94
  • WA 94
  • NM 93
  • WS 91

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Powerful yet still retaining a sense of restrained style this wine is packed with ripe plum and sweet berry fruit flavors laced with firm dusty tannins. Acidity filters through the dense texture to give great freshness. R.V.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017
Tasted at the château, the 2008 Montrose is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 29 September and 15 October. It has a far superior bouquet compared to the... Tasted at the château, the 2008 Montrose is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 29 September and 15 October. It has a far superior bouquet compared to the underperforming 2006 with black fruit, minerals, fern and briary. It is very composed, almost understated, yet clearly with great potential. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, a fine line of acidity, powerful for the finish but with impressive mineralité and tension on the persistence finish. It is quite an audacious 2008 and one of the finest wines of the vintage. Tasted September 2016. - Neal Martin
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. I was originally a little mean in my score when tasted blind but the longer I left this in the glass the more it seemed to blossom. There is a fine sense of transparency on... Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. I was originally a little mean in my score when tasted blind but the longer I left this in the glass the more it seemed to blossom. There is a fine sense of transparency on the nose with crushed stone underneath those pure black fruits that soars. It exudes very well integrated high quality new oak on the medium-bodied palate. Quite succulent with ripe tannins a little more open than many Montroses at this early juncture but undeniably very well crafted with touches of black pepper on the finish. Tasted January 2012.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
This has a density that sets it apart with a pleasantly firm edge to the plum black cherry and currant fruit all wrapped with notes of iron tobacco and savory herb. The long rock-solid finish is still a bit tight but it... This has a density that sets it apart with a pleasantly firm edge to the plum black cherry and currant fruit all wrapped with notes of iron tobacco and savory herb. The long rock-solid finish is still a bit tight but it should meld nicely in the cellar. A fine effort for the vintage. Best from 2013 through 2020.-J.M.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2008

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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.