|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The nose here subtly leads the way to the briad and intense palate. Beautifully polished tannins add good balanced grip to the lithe and juicy dark fruit. Lots of brambly berries and nice hint of toast cedarwood. Very St Estephe, despite this nice ripe middle -linear, focused thread of good dark Cabernet fruit. Focussed and long with lovely, well balanced tannin. Rating: 94 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Montrose has a bouquet that exudes class and sophistication: pure and mineral-driven black fruit, cedar and pencil lead, hints of blueberry developing with aeration although it never impedes upon the sense of terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, filigree tannin, a sweet core of blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a satin-like texture towards the finish. There is obviously some high quality oak used here, but it is simpatico with the fruit. For Montrose, you might argue that this is more modern in style and yet it is undeniably crafted with real panache to create a modern classic. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2055 Rating: 96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Mar 2018)
Strong primary Cabernet notes with some polish. But it falls away a bit on the end. Good but not very good. Clean and fresh though. Just slightly sour. Brooding. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Jan 2017)
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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