Source: March 2020 Week 1, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 5th Mar 2020 (RP-99)
Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Montrose opens with classic notions of warm blackcurrants, plum preserves, cedar chest and pencil shavings plus touches of menthol and underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated and built like a brick house in the mouth, the densely packed, muscular black fruit is superbly supported by firm, ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with great length and depth.
Drink Date 2024 – 2060
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013 (JS-97)
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. Try in 2018.
Produced on the exceptional terroir of Chateau Montrose and made in the Chateau’s winery, Saint Estephe de Montrose is the estate’s third wine and a traditional blend of classic Bordeaux grape varieties. Previously available only to the estate’s owners and employees, it uses wines from younger vines and lees wines. The exacting selection process for Chateau Montrose and La Dame de Montrose, our first and second wines, combined with a relatively generous crop in 2010 meant that we were able to make a larger quantity of Saint Estèphe de Montrose that year and hence offer it to customers. Unlike 2009, a particularly hot year, the 2010 vintage benefited from generally mild and even temperatures from the start of the vegetation cycle through to harvest. Low rainfall prevailed throughout the vine growth and grape ripening periods, causing a relatively high level of hydric stress which is a feature of top Bordeaux vintages. The weather conditions meant that the crop could be harvested at perfect phenolic maturity during the ideal late-summer period, between 27 September and 15 October.
Appellation : Saint-Estèphe
Owners : Martin et Olivier Bouygues
Terroir: deep gravel on a subsoil of clay
Ageing : 18 months during which 8 months in barrel
Blending : 61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet-Sauvignon
Fresh on the nose, revealing some slightly toasted notes, the wine is both supple and fresh, with a round and full-bodied palate sustained by discreet acidity. Ready to drink now, Saint Estèphe de Montrose will keep for about another five years.