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Dark, black, perfumed fruits here, beautifully exotic and yet composed, with elegant, bright, minerally, stony character. Broad, with a touch of elegant cream, good vinosity, harmonious and yet firm. It has a well covered dense tannic structure at its core, giving a good grip behind all the fruit, rounded off in a firm, savoury finish. Good length too. This is a really excellent wine.
Earth, must and cola on the nose. Blueberry, blackberry and cassis, black cherry, leather and some cigar box notes. On the palate, ripe black cherry, dried blackberry, earth, loam, graphite and iron. Good balance still. Fruit remains pretty ripe. Nice! 97 pts (20/20) France vs. US Blind Tasting 6/15/12
Incredible soft and tasty bordeaux! Very elegant and smooth, easy to drink and ready to drink now.
External Reviews for Château Montrose
The Grand Vin represents 60% of production and is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a fragrant nose quite ripe and somehow akin to a Saint Julien than a Saint Estephe as there is little trace of that telltale earthiness at the moment (and it is not geosmin). There is a hint of green bell pepper in the background and that become exaggerated by aeration but it is an attractive component. I wonder how this will play out during
A firm Montrose with very silky tannins and a pretty acid fruit balance. Full body. Integrated and seamless for the vintage. Spicy undertones. A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon 29% merlot and 3% petit verdot. James Suckling.
This is a big powerful fruity wine that has restraint from its dense tannins. It s foursquare chunky in character already balanced the tannins merging with the acidity. There is great aging potential. Wine Enthusiast.
63% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Over 95 hectares of vineyards are located in the southeast corner of St. Estephe, on deep swathes of gravel, as well as some clay and alluvial sand. The vines enjoy an earlie... Jeff Loo. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Montrose 6000ml
63% cabernet sauvignon 22% merlot 12% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Over 95 hectares of vineyards are located in the southeast corner of St. Estephe on deep swathes of gravel as well as some clay and alluvial sand. The vines enjoy an earlier harvest due to its close proximity to the Gironde as well as its southerly aspect. Dark purple color at the core with a slight pink hue towards the rim. Rich aromas of dark chocolate quince plum cassis and dark raspberry with kirsch liqueur and crushed stones working themselves into the fold. On the palate this is one of the most balanced wines of the vintage. Acidity is high but structured and fine grained tannins support throughout. Lingering flavors of black tea tobacco leaf and blueberry offers a lovely profile on the finish. One of the top wines of the Left Bank! This is a long lived wine that will benefit from 5-8 years in the cellar and enjoyed for two decades. Jeff Loo.
Powerful yet still fruity, this is a true wine of 2011. It shows dark tannins and juicy fruit in equal measure. The wine has weight, complexity and power. A real success. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Montrose 1500ml
53% cabernet sauvignon 37% merlot 9% cabernet franc 1% petit verdot. 64% of total production and yields of 45hl/ha. Harvesting began with the merlot on Sep 27 and lasted through Oct 15 with the cabernet. Alcohol is 13.8%. There is a surprising amount of merlot in the blend given the strength of the cabernet this year. Probably due to the 20 hectares of mostly merlot vineyards acquired from Phelan Segur. Blackberry and cassis liquor dominate the nose while violet lavender creosote and fresh turned earth are beginning to develop. A tightly packed wine now the palate shows precision and power as the tannins build and the fruit is restrained by a powerful structure of acid tannins and alcohol. With a little coaxing the fruit is prevalent if somewhat backwards. Upon release this will only offer a small glimpse of what this wine will develop into in 20-30 years. Will be an intriguing comparison to the 2009 over time - very different wines but both very good. Andy Frieden.
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