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Chateau Montrose, St. Estephe Second Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Montrose is known today for it’s powerful, full bodied Bordeaux wine. But that is not what the property was originally known for. In fact, before Bordeaux wine was produced at the estate, it earned fame for being a hunting area. 

That all changed when Alexandre de Ségur, who also owned numerous, other illustrious Bordeaux wine properties such as Chateau Mouton, Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour, gave the property to his son, Nicolas Alexandre. Alexandre did not keep the property long. In 1778, he sold it to Etienne Theodore Dumoulin. During the early 1800′s what we know of today as Montrose was actually part of the large Calon Segur estate. It was Etienne Dumoulin who created Chateau Montrose, due to its unique, gravel terroir. What Etienne Dumoulin noticed in those days is thought of as one of the best terroirs in all of Bordeaux. At that point in time, the true birth Chateau Montrose takes place. The Dumoulin family eventually sold Chateau Calon Segur and retained Chateau Montrose.

Next, under the direction of Etienne ’s son Theodore Dumoulin, the vineyards for Chateau Montrose were fully planted. The Dumoulin family built the chateau, added modern wine making facilities and by 1815, Chateau Montrose was already on its way to being well-known for their unique St. Estephe wines.

How did Chateau Montrose get its name?  According to local legend, when the heather was in flower, the hillsides turned pink. Keep in mind, pink is rose in French. In time, sailors on the river referred to the area as Mont Rose. Due to that local strain of dialect, the owner, the Dumoulin family eventually followed along with the sailors and began calling their Left Bank estate, Chateau Montrose.

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In 1861, Chateau Montrose was sold to Mathieu Dollfus. Dollfus rebuilt Chateau Montrose from top to bottom. He constructed apartments for the estate workers and erected new farm buildings too. By 1880, a small village was created on the grounds of Chateau Montrose.

In 1896, the next major chapter in the history of Chateau Montrose took place when the estate became property of the Charmolue family. The new owner, Louis Victor Charmoule had a long history in the Bordeaux wine trade as he was born at Chateau Figeac in St. Emilion. By marriage, he acquired Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Chateau Pomys, also located in the St. Estephe appellation. Chateau Montrose remained in the Charmolüe family for three generations. During the ownership period of the Charmoule family for Chateau Montrose, the estate became one of the first Bordeaux estates to bottle their own wine. An old sales catalog from the early 20th century show offerings stating the 1904 Montrose was bottled by the chateau.

Montrose has producing one of the best wines in all of Bordeaux for centuries. In fact, the inspiration to purchase the estate by the the Bouygues brothers came after tasting the exalted 1989 Chateau Montrose. Thomas Bouygues was heard to state that the wine was so good, if he ever had the chance to purchase the famous estate, he would buy it. In 2006, that is exactly what took place.

In May 2006, Jean Louis Charmolue sold the estate in 2006 to the Bouygues brothers. For the Bouygues family, it was the perfect addition to their massive business portfolio. In fact, they added a neighboring Bordeaux property to their holdings a short time later, Chateau Tronquoy Lalande. one of the first moves made by the Bouygues brothers was hiring key personal. They brought in Jean Bernard Delmas, the previous director of Chateau Haut Brion. Their next important hiring took place a few years later when they brought in Herve Berland. Herve Berland was well-known as he had spent the previous 4 decades at Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Aside from bringing in new management, the new owners of Chateau Montrose, the Bouygues brothers quickly began an intensive renovation project that was completed in time for the 2013 harvest at a cost of close to 55 million Euros! The renovations were designed by the respected architects, Yves Gremont and Bernard Mazieres. One of the key mandates for the renovations was to ensure Chateau Montrose was as green and environmentally conscious as possible. Similar to what was accomplished at Chateau Tronquoy Lalande, Chateau Montrose will obtain as much of its energy though the use of solar, wind and water with the use of a sophisticated geothermal energy systems. To aid in this effort, custom insulation hat is up to three feet thick and windows that are as deep as 1 inch are in place.

Along with the massive improvements and renovations at Chateau Montrose, after purchasing the estate, the new owners brought one of the more popular and revered figures in Bordeaux out of retirement to manage both, Chateau Montrose and Chateau Tronquoy Lalande. Jean Bernard Delmas. Delmas was director of Chateau Haut Brion for decades until he retired and was replaced by his son. The elder Delmas is in charge of both Chateau Tronquoy Lalande and Chateau Montrose. Aside from modernizing the wine making facilities at Chateau Montrose during the renovation, the Bouygues brothers added numerous changes that were environmentally sound at their Medoc estate.

They installed a geothermal pumping technology that is used for cooling as well as heating. Striving to be as green and energy efficient as possible, they added solar power as well to Chateau Montrose. This was quite a change for the traditional estate.

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The 94 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Montrose has a terroir of gravel, typical of the St. Estephe appellation with sand and some clay. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot with vines that are on average close to 40 years of age. The vine density is 9,000 vines per hectare. In 2010, Chateau Montrose purchased 22 hectares of Bordeaux wine vineyards from Phelan Segur. Interestingly, all 22 hectares those vines were part of the vineyards of Montrose. The purchased vines consisted of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This purchase increased the vineyard of Chateau Montrose up to its current size of 94 hectares. Vines are replaced slowly at Chateau Montrose. On average, the vines reach between 40 and 60 years of age before they are replaced and replanted. The oldest vines date back to 1933! At 94 hectares in a single parcel, it’s relatively unique in Bordeaux.

For the wine of Chateau Montrose, the vinification takes place in 59 temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks of various size. The vats range in size 200 hectoliters to 50 hectoliters. There are 40, 200 hectoliter tanks, 4 130 hectoliter tanks, 9, 100 liter hectoliter tanks, 4, 80 hectoliter tanks and 2 smaller, 50 hectoliter tanks. These 59 tanks allow for more precision during the vinification of Chateeau Montrose. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. Frequent pump overs are part of the wine making practices at the estate. The wine of Chateau Montrose is aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months. There is a second wine, Le Dame de Montrose. The estate also produces a third wine, which is sold mostly in restaurants, Le Saint Estephe de Montrose.

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Chateau Montrose is a powerful Bordeaux wine. It’s big, dense and masculine. At times, the wine can display a barnyard, or horse smell. The 1990, which scored 100 Pts from Robert Parker is known to have that quality. The wines are firm and tannic and often require decades, before maturing.

The wine of Chateau Montrose can age and evolve for decades. It’s a very long, lived wine. The 1921 Montrose tasted recently was still in top form! If you’ve ever wondered why Chateau Montrose is prized by Bordeaux lovers all over the world, 1989 Chateau Montrose is the wine to buy.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Montrose

    1. Smoke, coffee bean, fennel, tobacco, truffle and blackberry aromas come forth with no effort. In the mouth, the wine is soft and polished, especially when considering the vintage, the wine finishes with cassis, fresh black cherries and licorice. Tannic, but not obtrusive, the wine should be given at least 5 years to come around. On the bright side for fans of Montrose, this still places it at the top of the queue for early drinking vintages of Montrose! Representing 60% of the production, the wine was made from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. With 2013, the property purposely decided not to include Cabernet Franc in the blend. Yielding 30 Hectoliters per hectare, the brix of the wine reached 12.9% alcohol which is aging in 60% new, French oak barrels. According to Herve Berland, who serves as a Group Managing Director and Member of the Management team, success of the wine in this difficult vintage was due to picking later than many estates, and having to remove leaves in the middle of September to help aerate the vines were key factors. Montrose finished their harvesting on October 16. For those that like to keep track of everything taking place; the wine was released to the market only a few days after the premier tastings were finished at 57.60 Euros Ex Negociant. 92-94 Pts

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  2. 2012 Château Montrose

    1. From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine sported deep colors. Earth, coffee, stone and blackberry notes require effort to find. Cassis and black fruits share the stage with minerality and a tannic backbone. With time, this should come together nicely. 91-93 Pts

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  3. 2011 Château Montrose

    1. Fresh herbs, cigar wrapper, cedar chest and blackberry aromas pair with light tannins, medium body and a spicy, fresh, cassis and black cherry finish.

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    2. From a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 100% of the vines were affected to some extent by the September hail storm. As the hail was mostly small stones, only 2% of the harvest was lost. Yields were low due to the problems caused by sunburn and a lack of water with the Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the loss suffered from the hail storm. Deep in color, earth, cedar wood, mineral, clay, crème de cassis scents lead to a full-bodied, concentrated, masculine, tannic, brawny wine filled with ripe cassis and bitter chocolate. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Montrose

    1. From a blend of 53% Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine is inky color. With a nose of smoky tobacco leaves, cassis, blackberry, cocoa, the wine has no trouble establishing its presence. Big, rich, packed with fruit, ripe tannins, freshness and the structure to age for decades, this demands time and is going to be well worth the long wait!

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    2. Inky in color, this is shutting down quickly. Incense, cedar, cassis, creamy vanilla and a minor hint of licorice come forth, after intense swirling. Concentrated, rich, full bodied and deep, the wine is packed with sweet, ripe, dense, black fruits that remain and continue to expand on your palate for at least 40 seconds. Clearly this is one of the great vintages of Montrose. But only patient consumers should consider buying this wine. It could take 20 years to develop and come around.

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    3. Montrose - 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. 95-96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Montrose

    1. Using 65% Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine sports a deep rich purple color. With intense earth, truffle, blackberry, cassis and spice, the wine is palate coating. Picture dense, pure, fresh layers of fruit that will make you a believer. Better than when last tasted, this sublime wine builds and expands for close to 60 seconds. This is one future I regret not buying. This should hit triple digits if it keeps improving as I expect it to.

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    2. Opaque in color, coffee, licorice, chocolate, plum, blackberry and ripe cassis in the nose lead to a massive, fleshy, ripe, dense, opulent, mouth filling wine. Fresh, ripe and powerful, the long cassis, blackberry and spicy cassis filled finish remains in your mouth for 50 seconds! Due to the incredible density, structure and concentration found in this vintage of Montrose, lay this down for 15-20 years.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. Montrose is dark purple. Aromatics of earth, rocks, cocoa and dark berries are easy to find. Full bodied and massive in concentration, with a wall of polished tannins, this structured wine finishes with a long, mouth filling expression of espresso beans and fresh picked dark berries. This could be the longest lived wine of the vintage. It will take decades to develop. This is the biggest wine from the Medoc in 2009. 95/97 Pts.

      96 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Montrose

    1. Using 65% Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot to produce the blend, this is all about the cassis, fresh herbs, dark berries and bright, powerful, tannic sensations that demand at least 10 years or more to be fun to drink.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. The 2008 Montrose is deeply colored. Oak, black and red fruit made complex by tobacco notes are easy to find on the nose. The wine is concentrated. On the palate, sensations of ripe, dark black fruits fill your mouth. The tannins are polished with good sensations of freshness in the finish. This a refined wine for the vintage. 93-95 Pts

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  7. 2006 Château Montrose

    1. Powerful, tannic and with some austerity in its profile, this classic Medoc displays fresh, crisp cassis, tobacco, earth and spice. Masculine in style, the dusty textured finish is long, but this wine is not for early drinking. Give it another 10-15 years.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Ruby with some lighteneing already showing at the edge, the nose offers earth, mint, cassis, coffee and blackberry aromas. The wine is developing quickly for Montrose. This is an elegant style for Montrose, lacking the depth and power found in the best years.

      92 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Montrose

    1. If you like truffle with your cigars, you came to right place. From a blend of 65% Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and just a dab of Petit Verdot at 05%, the wine is deep, long and concentrated with the needed structure and ample tannins to age. There is a lot of depth of raw material, but this requires serious time in the cellar to come around and be fun to taste.

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    2. The most enjoyable wine tasting experiences are usually due to a discovery. It could be a vintage not previously tasted, or a wine could show better and I am forced to rethink my view on that wine. 2005 Montrose tasted last night has me singing me a different tune. Previously, I found the wine impressive, but tannic and masculine. It lacked elegance. That's not my opinion today. Licorice, earth, truffle, cassis and spice aromas required little effort to bring them out. Full bodied and intensely concentrated, this still tannic wine sported a muscular personality, but it was refined and elegant, in a masculine way. The long, powerful, ripe, round, dense finish remained on our palate for over 40 seconds, This will require decades to mature, but due to the ripeness and finesse of the tannins, fans that cannot wait for full maturity will enjoy an outstanding Bordeaux wine. I prefer 2003 Montrose, but make no mistake, 2005 Montrose is an outstanding Bordeaux wine.

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    3. Caramel, spice, black currants, black cherry and tobacco notes make up the nose. Tannic, full bodied and concentrated, as well as tight. Not very expressive in the mouth. This wine is sleeping and needs at least another decade before it beings to open. This is not in the class of the great vintages for Montrose like 89, 90 or 03

      94 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château Montrose

    1. Beefy, brawny and tannic, this powerful, cassis and gravel filled wine is on the austere side of the style range. With rusticity to the tannins, the wine finishes with cassis, cranberry and minor hints of green flavor. This St. Estephe wine is well suited to fans of more traditional, old school styles of Bordeaux wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Montrose

    1. Still showing a lot of color, smoke, licorice, truffle, forest floor, fresh herbs, leafs, cigar wrapper, Asian spice and cedar chest make a compelling perfume. On the palate, the wine is powerful, dense and mouth filling, yet equally balanced, supple and rich. Everything is exactly where it should be. This is not a candidate for 50 years of aging like 1989 or 1990, but in its own way, it’s close to the same level of quality. The finish remained alive for more than 60 seconds. Bravo! This could be the wine of the vintage!

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    2. Tobacco, cedar chest, cassis, forest floor, espresso and cigar box aromas make their way to the perfume. On the palate, the wine is all about power matched with grace and elegance. Long and intense, with sweet, roasted berries, slightly dusty tannins and cassis in the finish. Drink this now, or age it for years.

      99 points - Tasted
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    3. 2003 Chateau Montrose hooks you with the first sniff of its exotic, liqueur aromas complicated by wet earth, incense, blackberry jam, cassis, cedar wood, tobacco and truffle. This is so rich, you can drink it or eat it. The ripe tannins are incredibly silky and lush. The expansive, palate coating finish gets better and better as it remains on your palate for over 60 seconds. This is worth buying today. While it’s not cheap, few wines are this good.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Very lush, powerfull and concentrated. The mouth feel is opulent. Floral aromas, wood and red with black fruits. This is a knockout

      98 points - Tasted
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  11. 2002 Château Montrose

    1. Tight, the wine needs time and air to wake it. With effort, earth, tobacco and spicy cassis notes can be found. Meaty tannins, olive and blackberry, with hints of herb and cranberry in the solid, beefy finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 2001 Château Montrose

    1. Stone, tobacco, blackberry, minerality, lead pencil and spicy, red and black plum flavors are easy to find. This is not the most concentrated vintage for Montrose, yet there is still refined tannins to resolve. From an assemblage of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, this mineral driven, St. Estephe wine wants another 3-5 years before entering prime time drinking.

      92 points - Tasted
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  13. 2000 Château Montrose

    1. With its black fruit and cassis filled nose also expressed notes of earth, forest floor and oak tones. Big, dense and concentrated, this structured wine needs time. The wine ends with a blast of black fruit and freshness.

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    2. This massive wine keeps everything in balance. Blackberries, cassis, minerals and spice kick off the perfume. Very concentrated with chalky tannins. The wine delivers a long finish. This is not as powerful as the stunning 89, but it is in that style with a little more polish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  14. 1996 Château Montrose

    1. Crushed stone, tobacco, cassis, spice, cigar box, earth and barnyard aromas are found with only a little swirling. The nose is the best part of this Bordeaux wine. Full bodied, powerful, tannic and with an austere leaning, this vintage of Montrose is more of an old school style of St. Estephe.

      90 points - Tasted
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  15. 1990 Château Montrose

    1. We were lucky. This was a clean bottle that delivered an exotic melange of scents; gravel, incense, creme de cassis, blackberry, barnyard, cedar wood, tobacco, truffle and spice box aromas. Dense, rich and thick, with layers of ripe, dark, tannic fruit that seems to last for close to 50 seconds on your palate. There are no hard edges in this still very young wine. This truly coats your mouth. At close to 22 years of age, it’s starting to open and show signs of maturity. This could easily improve for another 30-40 or 50 years!

      99 points - Tasted
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    2. The perfume rivets your nose to the glass. Powerful scents of Asian spice, tobacco, cassis, smoke, incense, barnyard, gravel, blackberries and cedar get you wound up. The palate is coated with thick layers of juicy, ripe cassis and spice that remain on your mouth for well over 40 seconds! Still young, at 21 years of age, it is finally starting to show its true St. Estephe character. Stunning stuff! Some bottles of this wine display a pronounced horse like quality that ranges from interesting to so strong, it's like Mr. Ed was over for dinner. Other bottles can be much cleaner, with only a touch of barnyard. Fortunately, this bottle was clean. This special wine is only going to improve over the next several decades.

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    3. Since the day this Bordeaux wine was released, I have always felt 1989 Montrose the better wine of the dynamic duo. 21 years after the 1990 Montrose was made, my view has suddenly changed. The wine remains a deep ruby color. An intoxicating perfume of smoked meat, tobacco, blackberry, barnyard, gritty earth, spice and cassis pops from the wine as it spills into your glass. This wine is powerful, dense and masculine, as well as refined. There are no hard edges to be found. Layers of flavor float all over your palate, teeth and gums. This stunning wine ends with a long, pure, clean cassis, blackberry and spice sensation that seems to last for close to 50 seconds. The mark of all great wines is the ability to improve with age and time in the glass. 1990 Montrose continued improving in the glass for several hours. The problem with this wine has been the massive wall of tannin and amount of brett many bottles have displayed. This example was a very clean wine and as you can see from the note, the tannins have integrated into the wine. While secondary aromas are clearly developed, this is only now starting to become civilized. As good as this bottle is today, it will be better with 10-20 or even 30 more years of bottle age.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. With its cedar, cassis, tobacco, black fruit and smoke filled nose, caught my attention. Full bodied, concentrated and filled with dense black fruit. The structure was there to age. The wines finish was long. Still young, this is a wine to see what happens to it in the future

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. This comes in two styles and there is no way to know which you're going to get until you pop the cork. Either you find a stable full of horses, or you discover a glint of horsiness. Personally, I prefer the subtle, gentle hint reminiding me of standing in the winners circle at the Kentucky Derby. I got lucky as this bottle was the latter. I got lucky last night too, but that's a different story. Adding complexity to the horse aromas was wonderful layers of cassis, black fruit, herbs and truffles. Huge, massive and concentrated in the mouth. Every nook and cranny of your palate enjoys an ocean of dense, ripe, rich, deep, black fruit. The long finish was a pleasure, very fresh and clean with great follow through from start to finish. Still some tannin to resolve.

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    6. Strong horse tinged aromatics are the first thing a taster will notice. Powerful, dense, thick levels of black fruit, minerals and spice fill your palate. This remains extremely young. Full bodied, dense and concentrated.

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    7. Was Mr. Ed in the house, or was this bottle only slightly horsy? Well, the horse was in the barn, but he was sleeping as this bottle was not too bretty. Huge, dense and very concentrated. Still relatively primary, this beefy, concentrated, thick, masculine wine demands at least 15-20 more years before it reaches full maturity

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    8. This was horsy. Lots of barnyard scents in this bottle. Upon pouring, a conversation ensued discussing if this smelled more like horseshit or cow pies and the difference between each. Erudite, no. But fun. After the strong barnyard aromas, beefy, dark, spicy fruit notes were apparent. This is a huge, hulking wine than remains tannic and shockingly youthful.

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    9. The levels of fruit in this wine are off the charts! Jammy fruit, toffee, licorice and a slight horsey aroma made for a compelling and complex perfume. Massive layers of fruit fill every nook and cranny of your mouth. But, as gargantuan as it is, it remains perfectly balanced.

      98 points - Tasted
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    10. This displayed the bretty, horse aroma it’s famous for. Very powerful, probably the most concentrated and backward wine of the night, the 90 Montrose was so dense, you could cut it with a knife. This needs at least another decade before becoming civilized.

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    11. The 90 Montrose is opaque, with an inky black, purple hue. A slight, horsey aroma blew off in a few moments revealing a powerful perfume of spices, jammy red & black fruit, licorice and cedar and black cherries. This is so dense and thick, you could eat it with a spoon! It's amazingly concentrated! Dense, full bodied with soft tannins that are buried in an ocean of fruit. The almost endless finish is absolutely seamless. This is a huge wine, but not overpowering. It's like an elephant that can dance.

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    12. On the nose, earth, spicy oak, cassis, truffles, coffee, cuban tobacco and clay. Dense, full bodied wine with very tannic finish. Mountains of black fruit fill every nook and cranny of the palate. 40 second finish. This is a bigger wine than the 89, but IMO, the 89 is almost as good, and 1/3 the money! Blind I guessed Gruaud Larose. Close, but no cigar. The 90 Montrose will outlive everyone at the table. The wine made dramatic improvements after two additional hours in the glass.

      96 points - Tasted
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  16. 1989 Château Montrose

    1. 1989 Chateau Montrose is so good, it’s close to being off the charts! Not only is this a stunning wine, it’s remarkably consistent as well. Licorice, espresso, cassis, jammy blackberry, earth, truffle, smoke, cigar box and stone aromas grab you. But it’s the waves of fresh, intense, expansive fruit and spice that remain on your palate for close to 60 seconds that you know, this is what great Bordeaux is all about. This wine is often compared to the 1990 Montrose. This is almost as good, or even better if you like, and it sells for a fraction of the price. This can be enjoyed today or aged for 30 to 50 more years!

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Can this wine get any better? Each time I taste 1989 Montrose, it seems to improve. It's full bodied, powerful, concentrated, rich, deep, complex and offers a big mouthful of ripe black fruit, spice, tobacco and earth. The tannins are ripe and the finish must last at least 60 seconds! Everything about this wine is in balance. Drink this now, or hold it for 20 or more years. With the exception of the 2003 Montrose, this is the vintage of Chateau Montrose to own.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. WOW! Seldom are wines in the Oh My God category. 1989 Montrose is the real deal. Explosive levels of perfume filled with crushed gravel, stone, licorice, tobacco, cocoa, creamy blackberry, mint, caramel, smoke, truffle and incense are off the charts. There is only a minor whiff of barnyard aromas, which adds to the complexity. Powerful, full bodied and almost dense enough to eat with a spoon. This beautiful, pure wine coats your mouth, palate, teeth and gums with sweet, polished, jammy blackberries, There is an intense purity to this stunning wine. The long, finish remains etched in your palate and mind as it builds in flavor and intensity for almost 60 seconds. This sublime tasting experience is only going to get better for several decades. If you love Bordeaux, this wine belongs in your cellar.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Tobacco, truffle, cassis, wet earth and BBQ aromas reveal themselves without much effort. Full bodied, dense and filled with blackberry, cassis and earthy flavors, this mouth filling wine coats your palate with layers of rich, ripe, roasted, spicy black fruit. Still young and fresh, this beautiful example of Montrose that perfectly pairs power with elegance will evolve for decades.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. 1989 Montrose continues developing in a positive direction at a slow and steady pace, showing this is a wine for the ages. Filled with powerful scents of truffle, tobacco, cassis, earth, slate, cassis, chocolate, spearmint, underbrush and smoke, the Bordeaux wine is powerful, concentrated and dense. The wine ends with a hint of dusty tannins, a long cassis and blackberry filled finish. Many 89 Left Bank wines have developed a green streak in the finish. That is not the case with 89 Montrose. This is a contender for one of the top wines of the vintage from the Left Bank. 97 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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    6. Deep ruby with hints of brick in the hue. Cassis, cedar, earth, mineral, truffle, and licorice scents are made even more complex by intriguing notes of Asian spice. This Bordeaux is dense and concentrated. The mid palate is where it truly shines. The rich, corpulent, multi-layered mouth feel ends with a blast of spicy, black cherry and black berry that lasts at least 40 seconds. After the wine had been decanted about an hour, I scored it 96 Pts. But after a few more hours of air, the wine developed additional nuances, and an elegance married to a power that was stunning. I ended up scoring it two points higher.

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. This is the real deal. F the 90! To me, this is a better wine. At the table I referred to it as "Black Death!" Why? Because it starts with an inky, black color and offers an incredibly complex Bordeaux perfume of black fruits and finishes with a compelling palate wash of intense, rich, ripe black fruit. Still young, it will improve for decades. This wine is First Growth in quality! And at half the price of the 90, (a wine I never understand) this is the wine to buy. The 90 is more concentrated and possibly when fully mature, clean bottles will best the 89. But if the money were the same, I'd swap my 90 for 89 all day long.

      98 points - Tasted
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    8. On the palate, a wonderful sensation of multiple layers of deep, rich, concentrated black fruit washed over your senses. Still tannic, this wine might take another decade before it becomes fully mature. For Montrose, this is almost supple.

      96 points - Tasted
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    9. This huge wine is packed and stacked with layers of deep, ripe, black fruit. On the nose, a hint of horse adds to the complex scents of oak, spices and black fruit. Very powerful, concentrated and full bodied, this wine will only get better with time.

      95 points - Tasted
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    10. Herbs, olives, cassis, blackberry and wood aromas coupled with amazing concentration make this wine hard not to notice. Huge, expansive mouth feel. Multiple layers of deep, rich, ripe dark fruit cascade over your palate. While this is a monster of a wine, it’s a monster with manners. There is a lot of tannin to resolve.

      97 points - Tasted
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    11. Sporting an opaque, purple, ruby, robe the wine had a great perfume. Black fruit, oak, spice and cassis on the nose. Very tannic, dense wine. Multiple layers of rich, ripe black fruit coat your mouth. This is a huge wine, but balanced. More bottle age will improve this already exceptional wine.

      95 points - Tasted
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    12. This wine is First Growth quality! It is that good! The color is an opaque, purple with no lightening at the edge. The nose offers spectacular scents of walnuts, dark black fruits and cedar. On the palate the weight and depth are incredible. Full bodied does not begin to describe it. Immense concentration, but it's not heavy. It's light on it's feet but in a masculine style. This fills your mouth coating your palate with sweet ripe fruit and soft tannins. This is so unctuous you could almost eat it with a spoon. The wine is seamless. The finish lasts over :50 seconds.

      98 points - Tasted
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  17. 1986 Château Montrose

    1. Brick tinged, ruby color with some browning at the edge of the rim. Herbs, tobacco, licorice, cassis and earthy notes in the nose. Masculine and brutish in style. Probably close to full maturity. This is for lovers of austere claret stylings.

      89 points - Tasted
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  18. 1985 Château Montrose

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, with fruit on the bright, cranberry and crisp cassis side of the syle range, this needs to be consumed sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
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  19. 1982 Château Montrose

    1. Tobacco, stone, red plums, cassis and herbal notes lead to a medium/full bodied wine that is already fully mature. Austere and linear in nature, this stern wine will offer more appeal to extreme traditionalists. The wine ends with cassis, spice and cranberries.

      89 points - Tasted
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  20. 1975 Château Montrose

    1. Ruby tea colored with an earthy, Asian spice, smoke, tobacco and cassis filled nose. Old school in style, this foursquare wine is on the firm and austere side of the style meter. It ends in a cassis and cranberry finish. This wine was better in the nose than than on the palate.

      89 points - Tasted
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  21. 1970 Château Montrose

    1. With its tobacco, forest floor, cassis and cedar perfume, the wine showed promise. On the palate, tart cranberry, bright sweet and sour cherries and hard tannins made me want to go back the perfume. Not my style of Bordeaux.

      85 points - Tasted
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    2. 1970 Chateau Montrose is an austere, lean, hard style of Bordeaux with a tannic, tough, cassis, cedar , forest floor and cigar filled personality. There is no hurry to drink this. But I doubt it’s going to improve much from here. This was more interesting in the nose than the palate.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. Brawny, tannic, beefy and masculine, this cassis, tobacco, spice and truffle scented wine is tough and even after almost 4 decades, tannic. Full bodied, rustic and showing years younger, this reminds me of an 86 Medoc.

      89 points - Tasted
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  22. 1961 Château Montrose

    1. 1961 Chateau Montrose must have been a monster when it was bottled because it’s still massive, concentrated and tannic. The nose is pure, mature Medoc wine, with its lead pencil, spice, cassis, earth and tobacco personality. The tannins are a bit rough around the edges, but the wine offers a lot of pleasure and old school Bordeaux style that is hard to find these days. I’m sure this has at least another 15-20 more years to go.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Brick in color, with spicy aromatics, truffle, cigar and dark berry aroma were the best part of the wine.The rustic, wine while good, did not promote much excitement. It lacked ample fruit and sweetness for the finish. Oh well, you know the old saying, after 46 years…. there’s only great bottles and no great wines.

      88 points - Tasted
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    3. Light ruby in color with bricking, this elegant beauty offers the type of complex perfume you'd expect from a great Bordeaux with close to 50 years of bottle age. The palate enjoyed an intense cassis, cherry bath. The finish brought it all together. The wine did not improve with air and began losing fruit after 45 minutes

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. The color was a red, bricky tint with light edges. The wine had a luxurious texture that comes from mature wine. Spice, tobacco, earth and hints of black fruit on the nose. Slight rustic feel in mouth In the long finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 1934 Château Montrose

    1. Light and bricky in color, the wine gave a nice, spicy, cassis, damp earthy perfume. Still beefy and masculine in style. The palate enjoyed the sensation that comes from fully mature Bordeaux.

      91 points - Tasted
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  24. 1921 Château Montrose

    1. Bottled history is always a thrill. Released just a few years before the creation of Art Deco and the great depression, the wine is bricky in color. Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, truffle, forest floor, spice and black cherries are the first thing you notice. The wine is full bodied, with an old school, slight rusticity to the texture in the sweet and spicy red berry finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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