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2015 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. 37% of crop in first wine, with 40% in the 'Dame'. Purple edge to opaque black. Subtle dusky bosky fruit nose. Very suave and pure, with good volume and typical textural richness. Has all the supple richness that is slightly missing in the 'Dame'. Continues fresh and harmonious, with power building to the finish, although this is not too massive by any means - a tightening grip on the finish. This is a class act, and the fruit does go on very well on the finish Very good if maybe not absolutely great Montrose. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)

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Intensity and clarity of fruit is so insane. Blackberries, spices such as cloves, blueberries, sandalwood and dried lavender. Full body and such a beautiful, dense center palate with perfectly polished tannins. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 98 James Suckling, (Feb 2018)

Well, well, well. How good is this? St. Estèphe was supposed to be the least favoured commune in the Médoc in 2015, but this is a brilliant wine that’s up there with the best releases of the vintage. Perfumed, dense and super concentrated, with compact tannins, notes of cassis, blueberry and liquorice and very fine tannins. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 96 Tim Atkin MW, (May 2016)

The assemblage here is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. This is 36% of the crop. Alcohol 13.4%. The nose is redolent of fresh but dark fruits, with a slightly floral character, reminiscent of violets and perfumed black cherries. This is all laid over a rich blackcurrant base, with a lightly desiccated edge. A little vanilla cream too. The palate is very well defined, very pure, with a polished style, tense and tautly framed rather than the creamed presence of the right bank. The fruit is clean, dark, with plenty of blackcurrants and dried damsons, with a firm bed of ripe, grippy tannins sitting nicely within the wine. A very impressive wine considering the difficulties that came later on during the season. Rating: 16.5-17.5/20 Chris Kissack, (Apr 2016)

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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