$610.00 per bottle
The history of wine at Château Montrose dates back to 1815, when Etienne Théodore Dumoulin planted a vineyard on his patch of heathland that "Prince of Vines" Nicolas Alexandre de Ségur had sold to his family. Just 40 years later, the wine was already so good that it was included as a Second Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.
Théodore continued to expand the vineyard, and by the time it passed to his heirs in 1861 it had reached its current size of 95 hectares. After passing through several more hands in the ensuing 145 years, it was finally purchased by Martin and Olivier Bouygues in 2006, who immediately embarked on a seven-year-long environmentally-friendly reconstruction of the estate.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant variety at Montrose, making up 60% of its vines. There are also parcels of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (6%), and Petit Verdot (2%).
"Since 1989, Montrose has been the most reliable St-Estèphe cru classé. Over recent vintages, it has regularly surpassed Cos d’Estournel, its closest rival, and Calon-Ségur, despite the improved quality of the latter wine. A revised classification might even rank it amongst the Médoc first growths."
— Robert Parker
|95||The 2005 Montrose is an exceptionally tannic, broodingly backward offering displaying a dense ruby/purple colour along with a provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries. It continues to add weight and richness, good traits considering the substantial, forbiddingly high tannin levels and zesty acidity. If you are over the age of fifty, this backward, powerful wine will probably be more enjoyable to your descendants. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040 .|
|Type||Rouge / Red|
|Classification||2em Cru Classé (2nd growth)|
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc|
|Average Age of Vines||43 years old|
|Soil||Gravel and deep rocks|
|Winemaking||21-25 days' fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel tanks with regular pumping-overs.|
|Ageing||18 months in oak barrels (50-70% new oak)|
|Food Pairings||Lamb; Game Animals; Beef|
|Occasions||Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary|
|When to Drink||Enjoy over the next 20 Years|
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