2010 Montrose Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 99
  • WS 98
  • NM 98
  • JS 96
  • JL 96

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017
Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1%... Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait? Tasted June 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
Dense and dark with a massive core of roasted fig blackberry espresso and bittersweet cocoa flavors followed by rapier tannins that drive through the finish. This has both richness and austerity. When it all comes... Dense and dark with a massive core of roasted fig blackberry espresso and bittersweet cocoa flavors followed by rapier tannins that drive through the finish. This has both richness and austerity. When it all comes together fully this should be a superb wine. -J.M.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
Tasted at the Château Montrose is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between from 27th September through to 15th October cropped at 45hl/ha. It has 13.8% alcohol with... Tasted at the Château Montrose is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between from 27th September through to 15th October cropped at 45hl/ha. It has 13.8% alcohol with a pH 3.65. The bouquet is tightly wound at first pure blackberry dark cherries just a touch of coca with very good vigour. Very juicy quite saturated with a very dense impenetrable finish. Sinewy structured and masculine with a slight saline touch on the aftertaste. This is a great Montrose that will one day be fascinating to compare against the 2009. Drink 2020-2050.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is really integrated and polished with a full body and super layers of cashmere-like tannins. Goes on and on. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
JL 96
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
From a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and a smidgen of Petit Verdot this represents 64% of the production. Opaque in color with a nose of coffee blackberry liqueur cassis and spice this is a... From a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and a smidgen of Petit Verdot this represents 64% of the production. Opaque in color with a nose of coffee blackberry liqueur cassis and spice this is a powerful dense massive tannic wine. Firm and structured the wine paints your palate with a wall of fruit tannin and acidity. This big wine will require decades to develop.
JJB 98
Andrew Frieden - JJ Buckley, April 2011
53% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot 9% cabernet franc 1% petit verdot. 64% of total production and yields of 45hl/ha. Harvesting began with the merlot on Sep 27 and lasted through Oct 15 with the cabernet. Alcohol is 13.8%... 53% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot 9% cabernet franc 1% petit verdot. 64% of total production and yields of 45hl/ha. Harvesting began with the merlot on Sep 27 and lasted through Oct 15 with the cabernet. Alcohol is 13.8%. There is a surprising amount of merlot in the blend given the strength of the cabernet this year. Probably due to the 20 hectares of mostly merlot vineyards acquired from Phelan Segur. Blackberry and cassis liquor dominate the nose while violet lavender creosote and fresh turned earth are beginning to develop. A tightly packed wine now the palate shows precision and power as the tannins build and the fruit is restrained by a powerful structure of acid tannins and alcohol. With a little coaxing the fruit is prevalent if somewhat backwards. Upon release this will only offer a small glimpse of what this wine will develop into in 20-30 years. Will be an intriguing comparison to the 2009 over time - very different wines but both very good.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2010

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.