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Chateau Montrose St Estephe 2010

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"A perfumed and pure Montrose, with lots of currants, berries and spices that evolve to chocolate and light coffee. Full body, with super racy tannins and bright and clean finish. Very fine and structured. A balance and freshness to it all as well as beautiful form and tension...97" JamesSuckling.com 02/13 "Jean Delmas believes this is one of the all-time great wines of Montrose, comparable to the 2009, 1990, 1989, 1959, 1947, 1945 and 1929. ... Somewhat reminiscent of the 1989, only even inkier and richer, the 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with glorious aromatics of blueberries, boysenberries, black currants and a crushed chalk-like minerality. The tannins are less intrusive than I would have suspected for such a young Montrose, but they are unquestionably ripe and well-integrated. Deep, full-bodied and massive, this beauty should be at its finest between 2018-2050...96-100" WA 05/11

External Reviews for Chateau Montrose St Estephe

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2010 Montrose is a fabulous wine, and I was leaning toward giving it a three-digit score, which it may ultimately merit after it resolves some of its very sweet tannin. It is not as soft or flamboyant as the 2009, but it is a great classic, coming in at 13.9% natural alcohol. Representing 64% of the total production, the final blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot (which is one percent different than the barrel sample blends that were presented). Inky bluish/purple in color, with classic blueberry, black currant, crushed rock and floral notes, hints of graphite, and lots of wild mountain berry fruit, this wine is extravagantly rich, has very sweet but noticeable tannin, laser-like precision, a massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and a finish of close to 50+ seconds. This remarkable wine will probably tighten up somewhat in the bottle, and need most of a decade to shed some tannin and its rather grapy, primary personality. The finish blew me away, and the overall power, richness and balance of this wine are virtually perfect. Look for it to drink well for half a century or more.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/01/2014

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Chateau Montrose can be so curmudgeonly in its youth that in blind tastings it can seem like appraising an ogre in a beauty contest. That s what happened here when it really threw me with its introspective pencil-box inspired nose that simply tells you to bugger off and not come back for at least a decade. The palate here is a mixture of red and black fruit with saturated tannins. This is a classic Montrose with a persistent tarry aftertaste


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009. Harvest was October 15 to 17. The wine has really come on since I last tasted it, and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute. This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes. (Note: The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020–2100.)


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/01/2014

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 fres


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
03/16/2015

Classified Growth from the outstanding 2010 vintage. High 90's scores all around including 100 points from Robert Parker who said "This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009. Harvest was October 15 to 17. The wine has really come on since I last tasted it, and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute. This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes. (Note: The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2100.)" Extremely Limited!!


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/01/2014

From a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 37% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and a smidgen of Petit Verdot this represents 64% of the production. Opaque in color with a nose of coffee blackberry liqueur cassis and spice this is a powerful dense massive tannic wine. Firm and structured the wine paints your palate with a wall of fruit tannin and acidity. This big wine will require decades to develop. Jeff Leve.


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"A perfumed and pure Montrose, with lots of currants, berries and spices that evolve to chocolate and light coffee. Full body, with super racy tannins and bright and clean finish. Very fine and structured. A balance and freshness to it all as well as beautiful form and tension...97" JamesSuckling.com 02/13 "Jean Delmas believes this is one of the all-time great wines of Montrose, comparable to the 2009, 1990, 1989, 1959, 1947, 1945 and 1929. ... Somewhat reminiscent of the 1989, only even inkier and richer, the 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with glorious aromatics of blueberries, boysenberries, black currants and a crushed chalk-like minerality. The tannins are less intrusive than I would have suspected for such a young Montrose, but they are unquestionably ripe and well-integrated. Deep, full-bodied and massive, this beauty should be at its finest between 2018-2050...96-100" WA 05/11

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