2015 Chateau Montrose (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2015 Chateau Montrose
B-21 Top Recommendation
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A Second Growth says the 1855 Classification, Montrose has, since the 1989 vintage, secured its position as a “super second” with three 100 point wines; back to back 1989 and 1990, then again in 2009. Further to impress, seven out of the last ten vintages have scored 95 points or better. Significant investment at the property began in the 1980’s and with the purchase of the estate in 2006, investment continued and intensified thanks to the brothers Oliver and Martin Bouygues, the Chateau’s new owners. The brothers, owners of the eponymous construction company, not surprisingly decided to purchase a Chateau that yields wines constructed for the long haul with a foundation firmly set on a gravel bed ridge mixed with black sand on clay and marl, textbook for the appellation St. Estephe. The Chateau enjoys a commanding river view - overlooking the Gironde, as does Chateau Cos d’Estournel, the other Second Growth of the appellation. The other classified growths of St. Estephe are Calon-Segur 3rd Growth, Lafon-Rochet 4th Growth, and Cos Labory 5th Growth. Montrose is a serious building block for any cellar’s collection with superb aging potential. The quintessential St. Estephe.


This is a sumptuous wine with a fine structure that reveals its delicious fruit in layers of acidity and black currants. Even more Cabernet than usual in the blend has made it a dark, firm and structured wine. The juicy fruit shouldn't deceive; this is a wine that will age slowly.

94-96 points, Wine Enthusiast (2016)

The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring.

93-95 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 224 - Apr 2016)

Blueberry, black currant, fresh basil and lemon grass flavors. Full body, velvety tannins, clean finish. Spices. Depth.

93-94 points, James Suckling (Mar 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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