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2012 du Château Montrose Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe

29% of the total production of the Montrose estate. 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Meaty nose and then a suggestion of ripeness and weight to the fruit. A mild milk chocolatiness. There is lovely gloss to the dark cherry fruit on the attack. Then some hardness and real intensity a tightish, earthy core. Long and straight but this finishes nicely. Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2013)

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Representing 29% of the production, the Dame de Montrose is a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a light blackberry bouquet with just a hint of liquorice. The palate is nicely rounded on the entry. There is good acidity here, a firm grip with a conservative but weighted finish, leaving a briny/salty tang on the aftertaste. Fine Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, 2013)

The second wine has been a strong effort for a number of years. The 2012 Dame de Montrose represents 29% of the total production. Its domination by Merlot is noticeable in the chocolate, mocha and black cherry characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-tinged, fleshy and succulent with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is the ideal second wine to drink over the next decade. Only 52% of the production made it into the 2012 Montrose, a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon (harvested between October 13 and 20), 37% Merlot (picked during the third week of September) and a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The pH was 3.7 and I suspect the alcohol level pushes 14%. It is one of the top successes of the vintage. As new administrator Herve Berland indicated, the severe six-week drought caused the Cabernet skins to become very thick, thus resisting the huge rainfall that fell between October 7 and 9. The late harvest dates suggest very ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, which appears to be exactly what has occurred. 2013 - 2023 Rating: 88-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2013)

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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