2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Montrose  (St. Estèphe) 96

There is a lot going on here with this full, concentrated, youthful, tannic wine. There is weight, intensity, freshness, and waves of spicy, fresh, energetic, lifted, chewy red fruits, blackberries, and crunchy currants that have serious staying power in the finish. Give it 2-3 hours in the decanter, or allow it to age another 5 years or so. This should drink great for another 2-3 decades. 96 Points

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Slowly but surely, the wine keeps edging its way to maturity. On the nose, the wine shows olives, herbs, mint and leafy notes that add to the dark, black fruits. Full-bodied, tannic and intense, the wine offers power and a regal nature, with ripe tannins, and ample, deep fruits in the slightly dusty finish. This will probably need a few more years to further come together. Give it until 2025 and enjoy it over the next 30 years after that! 96 Points

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As this beauty continues marching closer to its 20th birthday, it's easier to sense all its qualities and characteristics. Full-bodied, concentrated, tannic, but not overly so, this is everything that's great about true, classic Bordeaux. Firm, but not austere. Long, mouth-filling, deep and complex, layers of ripe fruits, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, exotic spices and dark red fruits at its core. 2020 is just around the corner and is probably the right time to check in a bottle. 96 Points

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Coming up on 17 years of age, this is still young, firm, masculine , concentrated and classic. But it's holding on tight to its youth, refusing to age. There is a lot of potential here, with its tobacco, exotic spice box, cedar, crushed rock and dark red fruit core. Give it until at least 2020, or 2025 for more development. 95 Points

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This is a super wine and vintage of Montrose that keeps improving with age. We should all age this well. Still young, the wine retains a depth of color. The perfume, with its black fruit, cigar box, spice and forest floor nose grabs. On the palate, the dense, powerful wine is even better with a concentrated blast of ripe, dark berries, ripe tannins and sweet cassis in the end note. This beauty is good now and will be even better in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years! If you like Montrose, or just great Bordeaux, this is worth laying a few bottles down in your cellar. 96 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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

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When to Drink Chateau Montrose, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Montrose is a wine that demands time in the cellar. Due to the large amount of tannins, concentration, and structure, the wine is always better with at least 10-20 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Montrose offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 or more years after the vintage. Young vintages should be decanted for at least 2-4 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment

Chateau Montrose Style and Character of the Wine

Chateau Montrose at its best is powerful, refined, masculine, elegant, and complex. The fruit has a richness that fills your mouth and coats your palate. But the wines are also firm and tannic.

The wine of Chateau Montrose can age and evolve for decades. In fact, purchasers should know, that in the best vintages, the wine requires decades to develop. Chateau Montrose is seldom a wine that is fun to taste in its youth. 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.

That being said, for a Montrose to age, the 2009 Chateau Montrose is off the charts, deserving its 100 Pt score and a place in your cellar, if you can afford it! Chateau Montrose has been one of the top producers in Bordeaux for decades. However, under the direction of Herve Berland, it looks like the best is yet to come.

Serving Chateau Montrose with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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

Chateau Montrose is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Montrose is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

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