The first vineyard was planted in Chateau Montrose in 1815 by Etienne Théodore Dumoulin in the Medoc appellation. He sucessfully ran the vineyard until his death in 1861, leaving the current 95 hectare estate to his heirs. Mathieu Dolfus bought the estate in 1966, introducing state of the art technology, and new vine growing and winemaking methods, preserving the vineyard and supporting the workforce. Between 1896 and 2006 the Charmolue family continued to modernise the facilities and produce consistent wines even during challenging periods.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the vineyards at 60% of the vines. The remaining space has 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. These vines are grown in specific pockets where the soil is ideal.
67% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc. Very deep colour, impressive richness on the nose, deep black fruits, tapenade, peppercorn. White pepper, this is cool on the nose, generous, ripe, round fresh, very fine almost unnoticeable tannins on the palate, coffee, dusty and long. Fine for the vintage especially on the left bank. Big selection here it shows in the concentration. This is quite different in style to the Cos, both excellent will be a great comparison.
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Very dark and very dramatic. Even a hint of overripeness on the nose. A little stodgy. Could do with a little more lift. A little dry at present. Clearly fashioned for the very long term. Kerpow! Very much in the style of the old Montroses in terms of sheer concentration.
The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring.
Deep florality and wonderful black fruit. Surprisingly smooth and silky at first then the classic firmness becomes plain towards the finish. It has more natural richness than most in 2015 – a superbly made wine from a great terroir.
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