2009 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 100
  • JL 100
  • VN 98
  • JS 98
  • WS 97
  • WE 96
  • DC 96

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019
Hallelujah—what a glorious nose! The deep garnet colored 2009 Montrose features beautiful Black Forest cake, licorice, crème de cassis and warm blueberries scents with hints of charcoal, truffles, tapenade and menthol... Hallelujah—what a glorious nose! The deep garnet colored 2009 Montrose features beautiful Black Forest cake, licorice, crème de cassis and warm blueberries scents with hints of charcoal, truffles, tapenade and menthol plus a waft of star anise. The palate is full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and yet superbly harmonious with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
JL 100
TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2019
This wine is consistently mind-blowing! If your thing is a long, voluptuous, rich, ostentatious, full-bodied, concentrated wine, made from perfectly ripe, velvety, dark fruits, combined with the structure to age, and a... This wine is consistently mind-blowing! If your thing is a long, voluptuous, rich, ostentatious, full-bodied, concentrated wine, made from perfectly ripe, velvety, dark fruits, combined with the structure to age, and a unique, showy, combination of intellect and sensuality, with a 50-second finish. this is the wine to own. In another decade, (Which is young for Montrose) this is not only going to show great, it will be looked at as one of the key vintages of Montrose to own! Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=2009+Montrose+
VN 98
Vinous, March 2019
98+ The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm... 98+ The 2009 Montrose has a taut, brilliantly defined bouquet with intense black fruit laced with crushed stone, forest floor, crushed rose petals and a touch of slate. Magnificent. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, good depth and grip, plenty of graphite locked in here with a bravura finish that indicates that this Saint-Estèphe is in for the long-haul. It may well deserve a higher score as it evolves in bottle. Everything you wish for in a Montrose. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. -- Neal Martin
JS 98
jamessuckling.com, March 2019
For the very ripe vintage this has a herbal and wet earth nose that's very cool. Then on the palate there’s a ton of ripe cassis, polished fine tannins and a tremendous freshness powering the very long dry finish. One of... For the very ripe vintage this has a herbal and wet earth nose that's very cool. Then on the palate there’s a ton of ripe cassis, polished fine tannins and a tremendous freshness powering the very long dry finish. One of the stars of the vintage that's just beginning to enter its best form. This is normally a perfect wine but perhaps not a perfect bottle? Drink or hold.
WS 97
Wine Spectator, March 2012
A bit of a brute with a very chewy bittersweet ganache tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish with a strong singed iron... A bit of a brute with a very chewy bittersweet ganache tobacco and roasted fig core splayed open right now by a dagger of roasted apple wood allspice and cedar. Long and dense through the finish with a strong singed iron edge. The stuffing is certainly there but this will take a while to come together as it's running unbridled right now. Proves you can still get classic old-school Bordeaux. Best from 2020 through 2040. 17000 cases made. -JM
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
Enormous tannins dominant black fruit and a solid dense structure. The wine packed with dark fruits dry tannins very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit this is a wine that really needs many years of... Enormous tannins dominant black fruit and a solid dense structure. The wine packed with dark fruits dry tannins very firm in character. With its huge tannins as well as fruit this is a wine that really needs many years of aging.
DC 96
Decanter,
Lush dense black fruits nose, with ample smoky oak, showing richness and power. Broad, voluptuous, very concentrated, with firm tannins, quite good acidity, and a tight structure. Clearly youthful despite its opulence... Lush dense black fruits nose, with ample smoky oak, showing richness and power. Broad, voluptuous, very concentrated, with firm tannins, quite good acidity, and a tight structure. Clearly youthful despite its opulence, but has weight and complexity. Good length. Furry tannins will need a few years to integrate. Read more at Dense, suave and the definition of opulent, this has the richness of ripe fruit and an upfront, fruity lusciousness that I don’t usually associate with Montrose. It’s still very pure and concentrated, with a nose of blackberries and rose petals. Read more at https://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/bordeaux/chateau-montrose-bordeaux-france-2009-1515#5g9cExx3Gp1lrOKE.99
JJB 98
JJ Buckley, March 2010
72% of the production. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The yields at harvest were up to 38hl/ha.The color is super dark inky purple almost black and opaque and a fuchsia rim. This... 72% of the production. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The yields at harvest were up to 38hl/ha.The color is super dark inky purple almost black and opaque and a fuchsia rim. This is pure un-adulterated Cabernet Sauvignon in spades. A persistent perfume of crushed flower blossoms with spicy blackberry fruit has a pinch of tobacco leaf and fresh earth to round out the complex aromas on this wine. The entry to this wine is incredibly supple and builds in power with plus concentration of black and blue fruit. Blackberry and ollallieberry enter the palate and peak with black raspberry in a solid core of power and intensity that are supported by super fine powdery tannins. This wine is precise and has a mineral component of crushed rocks fresh earth and gravel's that supports this amazing Cabernet fruit. Montrose is on top of their game and definitely the top wine from the Saint Estephe appellation.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2009
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.