Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 (JS-93)
What a nose for a second wine! Lovely cassis and delicately leafy/earthy aromas. it’s a rare beast: a really mineral red Bordeaux. This has an excellent balance of ripeness and fresh dry tannins and acidity. Long, clean finish.
Source: Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 1st Apr 2017, (RP-89)
The 2014 La Dame de Montrose lagged a long way behind the superlative Grand Vin at primeur, but has since made up some ground. Now in bottle, it has a nicely poised bouquet with red cherries, bilberry and crushed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, tightly wound and linear, a conservative La Dame de Montrose that I suspect will age better than I originally thought.
Drink Date: 2019 – 2032
A constant quest for quality for both Chateau Montrose and La Dame de Montrose combined with increasingly precise crop selection now allows us to produce a third wine every year: Le Saint-Estephe de Montrose. Produced on the remarkable terroir of Chateau Montrose and vinified by the property’s winemakers, it is a classic blend of two great Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The winter of 2014 was mild, while spring was favourable for all grape varieties. The vine growth cycle slowed down in August but picked up towards the end of the month in warm and dry weather which lasted until the end of October. These exceptional conditions, expressed in temperatures that often rose above 30? C, hydric stress and an almost miraculous amount of sunshine, all helped the grapes to mature.
The harvest started on 15 September and ended on 16 October, following a detailed picking plan in order to harvest perfectly ripe grapes.
Appellation : Saint-Estephe
Owners : Martin and Olivier Bouygues
Terroir : Gravel on a clay sub-soil
Ageing: 12 months
Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet-Sauvignon
Le Saint-Est?phe de Montrose drinks well young and can be aged for three to five years. The wine is clear and bright, the nose slightly oaky, with notes of brioche, toast and cedarwood. From a clean and direct attack, the mid-palate shows great balance between freshness and fruit, together with good acidity.