Cabernet-Sauvignon: 68 %
Merlot: 32 %
Château Montrose is a well-regarded and critically much-lauded wine estate based in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux’s northern Médoc region. The estate was ranked as a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, and is regarded as one of the very best properties at that level. The epitome of the Saint-Estèphe appellation, Montrose’s top wine is known for its structure (even austerity) in youth, but beguiling many as it ages.
The grand vin, composed largely of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, is typically deeply colored, powerful and firm when young, but has superb aging potential. The second wine is La Dame de Montrose; the third is Saint-Estèphe de Château Montrose.
The 95-hectare (235-acre) vineyard exists, unusually for modern Bordeaux, as one single entity. It is sited on an exposed site of deep, coarse gravels with sand and a little clay, overlooking the Gironde.
Complex nose delivering notes of cassis, violet, tobacco and mocha.
Floral notes, raspberry, ripe red berries wrap around a neat, long and elegant palate. The tannins are granular, ripe and clearly defined.The wine is harmonious, long, fat and silky.