Introducing the 2018 La Dame de Montrose, a Bordeaux Blend hailing from the esteemed region of Bordeaux, France. This exquisite red wine exudes elegance and sophistication, showcasing the expertise of the renowned producer, La Dame de Montrose. With its deep garnet-purple hue, this wine is truly a sight to behold.
The nose is immediately captivated by an array of enticing aromas. Notes of blue fruits, sappy herbs, tobacco, violets, and graphite dance harmoniously, creating a captivating bouquet that lures you in with each whiff. As the wine caresses the palate, it reveals its medium to full-bodied nature, enveloping the mouth with a round, concentrated, and textured mouthfeel.
Crafted from a blend of 52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exemplifies the classic Bordeaux style. The careful aging process in 30% new French oak barrels adds a subtle touch of oak influence, enhancing the wine's complexity and structure.
Renowned critics have praised the 2018 La Dame de Montrose, with Jeb Dunnuck awarding it an impressive 92+ points. He describes it as a "beautiful second wine with lots of Saint-Estèphe character" that will continue to evolve and delight for 15-20 years. Similarly, Vinous gives it a score of 92 points, highlighting its sweet black cherry and crème de cassis aromas, and predicting it will provide drinking pleasure for 15 to 20 years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also joins in the praise, awarding the wine 92 points and noting its vivacious aromas of redcurrant jelly, mulberries, juicy blackberries, and stewed plums. Meanwhile, James Suckling bestows an impressive 94 points upon this wine, commending its very pretty blackcurrants and blueberries, layered with ripe, polished tannins and a rich, flavorful finish.
The 2018 La Dame de Montrose is truly a wine to be savored and appreciated. It demands patience and will reward those who can wait with a remarkable drinking experience. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine is a testament to the exceptional quality that Bordeaux has to offer.