Always powerful and backward, Montrose is one of the great traditional names of Bordeaux and is regarded as having one of the finest terroirs of all Bordeaux – the Latour of St Estephe. Winemaking in the past has not exactly been “state of the art” and the property had a reputation of making truly great wine only when nature allowed (eg 1982, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2003 and 2005). Montrose has recently changed hands and the new owners know that they are buying a vineyard with the potential to regularly make one of Bordeaux’s greatest wines. The legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas (formerly of Haut Brion) is now in charge of winemaking and believes this to be one of the greatest wines that he has ever made – and remember that he was responsible for 1989 Haut Brion! M Delmas compares it to Montrose 1961 and 1982. Less fleshy and more precise than the great 1990 and 2003. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. It was felt that it was important here not to pick too late to preserve the freshness. A big black, inky colour, thick, dense and powerful with succulence and flesh yet classic structure and some very good, strong tannins balancing the richness of the fruit. Huge concentration but with a great backbone of tannin. Not in the style of 2003, this is 2005 plus. Classic Bordeaux. Potentially great. “Paris not Las Vegas.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 100 Points
“A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003. With 13.7% alcohol (an all-time high at Montrose), it is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some structure and minerality can be detected in the background, but the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+.”

James Suckling – Rated 100 Points
“Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It’s intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022.” Tasted February 2012

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