2010 Chateau Montrose, Saint-Estephe (750ml)

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# FRMONT10AE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Estephe
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 99WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait? Tasted June 2016.

99 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Mar 2017)