2021 Montrose Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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REVIEWS

WA 97 JS 96 VN 96 DC 95 JA 95 JL 95 JD 94 TWI 94 WS 92
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

The remarkable 2021 Montrose gets my nomination for the title of "wine of the vintage" in the Médoc. Wafting from the glass with a deep bouquet of cassis and dark berries mingled with subtle hints of mint, orange, pencil...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, May 2022

(JS 95-96 points) A very classy and refined Montrose with excellent length and a compact, medium-bodied palate, showing fine, silky tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Lots of currant, blackberry and tar at the end, as...
VN 96

Vinous, February 2024

(96+ points) The 2021 Montrose is an inward, brooding wine—classic Montrose, in other words, just attenuated in its intensity by the cool growing season. Spice, tobacco, cedar, menthol, scorched earth, gravel and a touch...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2022

Beautiful perfume on the nose, really fragrant and seductive, deep and heady but beguiling too. You get chunky, chewy fruit here - this is round, plump and filling a consequence of the slightly more Merlot in the blend...
JA 95

janeanson.com, April 2022

This has depth on the palate, inky purple with grilled almond, fennel, cassis, blackberry, bilblerry, waves of fruit set against strong, austere tannins that give excellent structure but not a lot of generosity. This is a...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2024

Blackberries, espresso, chocolate, dried flowers, black cherries and spice create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is even better with its salty-edged red fruits, crushed rocks, spice and espresso with dark...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, April 2024

The Grand Vin 2021 Château Montrose checks in as 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot, raised mostly in new oak. It's an absolute classic expression of this terrior, offering...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, September 2023

(TWI 92-94 points) This was a tank sample taken just before bottling on the day of the tasting. Medium to deep garnet-brick in color, the 2021 Montrose comes bounding out with youthful notes of wild blueberries, juicy...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2024

Sleek, with sufficient fruit to accommodate the tangy acidity of the vintage, this allows black cherry, damson plum and violet notes to stretch out nicely, with a late echo of singed alder. Poised and nicely done for the...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Estephe
Vintage 2021
Size 1.5L
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2021 Montrose is a Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Montrose estate in the St Estephe region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine exudes elegance and sophistication, with a deep and alluring color that catches the eye. The nose is filled with a symphony of aromas, including blackcurrants, pencil shavings, sweet loamy soil, black truffle, and hints of nicely integrated new oak.

On the palate, the Montrose 2021 showcases its full-bodied nature and remarkable concentration. The layers of flavors unfold gracefully, with blackberry, cassis, bilberry, and grilled almond taking center stage. The wine is framed by strong, austere tannins that provide excellent structure, while the lively acids bring freshness and vibrancy. Despite its power, this wine exhibits refinement and balance, leaving a harmonious and seamless impression.

One of the standout features of the 2021 Montrose is its unique blend, which consists of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. This composition deviates from recent years, with more emphasis on Merlot and less on Cabernet. The result is a wine that offers both richness and finesse.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this vintage an impressive score of 96 points, praising its purity, precision, and completeness. Other critics, including Jane Anson, Jeff Leve, Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Vinous, and Decanter, also lauded this wine for its depth, structure, elegance, and potential for aging.

With its impeccable craftsmanship and captivating character, the 2021 Montrose is a true gem of Bordeaux. It is a wine that demands attention and promises to evolve beautifully over time. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to delight even the most discerning wine enthusiasts.