2006 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

There has been a change of régime here, the Charmolüés having sold Montrose to the Louis Roederer Champagne group. The winemaker has also changed, and the new team is led by M. Glumineau, with additional support from Jean Delmas of Haut Brion. Initially a light nose. Slight spice. A bit pinched. This is continued on the palate. It's very closed and severe, although with a sense of all being there. Rich texture builds flavour - blueberry and liquorice, tar and spice. By the finish the fruit is taking the ascendancy, and is is clear is is a big, rich wine with great length. All the same this seems to be a very classical long-lived style, and we left with a feeling that Montrose is perhaps not quite as 'on fire' this year as it has been since 2000, although in its style this is a very fine wine. Rating: 93-93 L&S (Apr 2007)

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Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This has good intensity on the nose: black dusty fruit, cedar, charcoal and scorched earth all with commendable definition. Medium-bodied palate, grippy tannins that are a little coarse, but the balanced is here, well-integrated new oak, a little austere but fanning out towards the briary finish with blackberry, tar and cedar. This Montrose deserves another 8-10 years in bottle and I suspect that by then it will deserve another couple of points. Tasted January 2010. Rating: 92-92 Neal Martin, 2010)

This is the first vintage produced under the full control of Jean-Bernard Delmas, the person responsible for so many of the great Haut-Brions between 1961 and 2003. Yields were kept low (41 hectoliters per hectare), and for the first time, the entire vineyard was crop-thinned. About 60% of the production made it into the final blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot and Petit Verdot. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 possesses classic aromas of creamy blackberries, cassis, flowers, and crushed rocks. It is medium-bodied with a multilayered texture, sweeter, more finely tuned tannin than past vintages, and a powerful finish. There has been no compromise to the wine's massive richness and density, but rather an emphasis on taming some of the huge tannins Montrose produces. It is an outstanding, fresh, lively effort that appears to be a brilliant achievement for the vintage. The tannin level ranks alongside such great Montrose vintages as 2005, 1990, and 1989, but they are noticeably sweeter. It should age handsomely for 30 or more years. 2007-37 Rating: 92-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2007)

Lovely deep colour, really fine expression of Saint-Estephe, all in balance and seamless length, has exchanged some of its previous earthy depth for suavity and breed. 2014-30. Rating: **** 2007)

Very dark crimson. Not that much nose but great sweetness on the palate. Then and only then the dryness of Saint-Estèphe. Not sure there is quite the focus of montrose in its best vintages in the 21st century but presumably the team, under Jean-Bernard Delmas' direction, will get there. A little moue and soft for montrose. Slightly inky on the finish. Not quite the weight required for this amount of dryness. I feel. Surely an interim vintage. Ipt 80. There is freshness and vivacity. Energy. 2016-26 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2007)

Château Montrose

St Estèphe Deuxième cru 1855 Wine production St Estèphe developed much later than further south in the Haut-Médoc - indeed, the vineyards of Château Montrose were not planted until 1815, when it was then part of the Calon-Ségur estate. Only 40 years later, not only had Montrose seperated from its parent, it had surpassed it, being one of only two St Estèphe estates to be awarded 2nd Growth status in the 1855 classification. Montrose sits nearer the river than Cos d'Estournel on classic Haut-Médoc gravel soil - the last outcrop as you head north. The 65ha of vines are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin spends 18 months in wood (70% new). A second wine was introduced in 1983 - La Dame de Montrose - aged in wood for 12 months (20% new). Montrose is a noted performer in weaker vintages, possibly because of a generous micro-climate which allows slightly earlier picking than most of the Haut-Médoc. The wines age brilliantly.

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