Chateau Montlabert St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Montlabert St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Montlabert History, Overview

Chateau Montlabert, located outside the village of St. Emilion, not that far from Chateau Figeac, takes its name from the founder of the estate, Michel Descazes Montlabert.

One of the more picturesque chateaux and grounds in Saint Emilion, the property began life as a hunting lodge in the 1700s.

Chateau Montlabert, which is owned in part by the Castel group today, who also counts Chateau Beychevelle in the St. Julien appellation as part of their holdings, announced they were going to make the best wine possible starting with the 2010 vintage. The first move they made was to bring in Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus as their consultant.

While Hubert de Bouard started with the property in 2009, his first vintage where he called the shots was 2010. By 2015, you could really start to see the progress in the wines.

Chateau Montlabert Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 12.5 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Montlabert is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,600 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The terroir of Chateau Montlabert is sand with clay, gravel, and limestone soils. The vineyard is farmed using sustainable farming techniques.

To produce the wine of Chateau Montlabert, the wine is vinified in small, temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels.

The wine of Chateau Montlabert is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 14 months, which can vary depending on the character and quality of the vintage. There is a second wine, La Croix Montlabert.

The best vintages of Chateau Montlabert are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

On average, the production of Chateau Montlabert is close to 3,100 cases per year.

When to Drink Chateau Montlabert, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Montlabert needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Montlabert is usually better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Montlabert offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Montlabert with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Montlabert is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Montlabert is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Montlabert is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Montlabert Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Medium-bodied with loads of soft, silky, fresh, sweet, savory red fruits, espresso and licorice. The finish adds a touch of spice and leafy herbs for additional complexity. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Plush and polished with soft, sweet, juicy, ripe, plums, licorice, cocoa and espresso on the nose and palate, the medium-bodied finish delivers lots of ripe cherry, chicory and espresso notes in the finish. 90 Points

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Smoky dark red fruits and a hit of fennel bulb strut their stuff in this medium-bodied, soft, early drinking, elegant, fruity wine. 89-91 Pts

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2017 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied with loads of dark cherry, licorice, cocoa and coffee notes, the wine is soft, sweet and will drink well within just a year or two of release. 89 Points

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2016 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, elegant, round and forward, there is some oak that needs to integrate before the ripe plums cherries and licorice in this soft textured fruity wine is at its best. 90 Points

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Medium bodied with a cherry and plum personality, this wine is mineral driven and needs a few years of bottle age. 89 Points

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2015 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, soft, ripe and forward, this blast of chocolate-covered black cherry and licorice should be quite nice on release. Displaying more depth than usual, this is the best vintage of Montlabert produced yet. 91 Points

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2014 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium bodied, forward, easy to taste and like, soft, red berry dominated wine, that is already fun in your glass. 87 Points

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Espresso, black plum and cocoa scents, open to a round, forward, licorice and dark red, fruity wine. 86-88 Pts

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2013 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Forward, medium bodied and correct, this early-drinking wine delivers spicy, bright red fruits and fennel. 85-87 Pts

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2012 Château Montlabert  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium-bodied this is a lighter and fresh style of St. Emilion with fresh cherries and chocolate. This is the debut vintage for this estate under the eye of consultant, Hubert de Bouard. 87-90 Pts

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