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"one of the greatest Montroses I have tasted!"
96-99. Wine Advocate

Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe 2017

In what will surely be the busiest week of the campaign so far we have our second "super second" of the day: Ch Montrose at £590 per 6 IB. It was described by The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW as "one of the greatest Montroses I have tasted" (96–99 points) while James Suckling awarded it 96-97 points.
 
Montrose has been producing one of the best wines in all of Bordeaux for centuries. However, in the last few years its pedigree has soared under the direction of Hervé Berland, formerly of Mouton Rothschild. The 2017 continues this superb run of form. Neal Martin also liked it, gave it an impressive 94-96 points and implies it is the top wine of St Estèphe. 
 
Cabernet Sauvignon excelled in 2017 which suited Montrose, with 76% in the blend. They also benefited from their unique micro-climate - the combination of a south-east exposure, direct view of the Gironde and gravelly terroir - which saved them from the April frosts. A new range of tanks has been installed, 90 in total, allowing them to vinify all 110 parcels separately. This ensures total precision in their winemaking as only the best fruit is used in the final blend. It has paid off in 2017, where selection was clearly crucial. 
 
Montrose has produced a wine of sheer class. It possesses power and depth, with a complexity to the rich, concentrated fruit. It is a masculine wine, tightly wound, with a wonderful structure, suggesting it will mature beautifully for many years to come. 
 
If you only buy one 2017 St Estèphe, this should be it.
  1. 2017 La Dame de Montrose St Estèphe

    La Dame de Montrose St Estèphe
    Colour
    Red
    Producer
    Château Montrose
    Region
    St Estèphe, Red Bordeaux
    Grape
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
    Drinking
    2023-2032
    Case Size
    12x75cl
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    2017 La Dame de Montrose St Estèphe
    Colour
    Red
    Producer
    Château Montrose
    Region
    St Estèphe, Red Bordeaux
    Grape
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
    Drinking
    2023-2032
    Case Size
    12x75cl
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      Case price

      £324.00 (Ex. VAT)

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      (1 in stock)

      Tasting Notes

      Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 88-90

      The 2017 La Dame de Montrose represents 40% of the total production this year. The Merlot, which constitutes nearly half the blend, occupies the driving seat on the nose with copious black cherry, raspberry and cedar scents that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe, almost confit-like entry. It feels harmonious with fine tannin, perhaps not the length of say the 2014 or 2016 La Dame de Montrose, a little more compact in style at the moment, loosening up and gaining more harmony by the time of my second visit in mid-April. It certainly has pleasing purity and it should drink well over the next decade.

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    • 2017 Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe

      Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe
      Colour
      Red
      Producer
      Château Montrose
      Region
      St Estèphe, Red Bordeaux
      Grape
      Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot
      Drinking
      2025-2040
      Case Size
      6x75cl
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      2017 Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe
      Colour
      Red
      Producer
      Château Montrose
      Region
      St Estèphe, Red Bordeaux
      Grape
      Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot
      Drinking
      2025-2040
      Case Size
      6x75cl
      Available Later

        In Bond
        Case price

        £590.00 (Ex. VAT)

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        (10+ in stock)

        Tasting Notes

        Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 93-95

        Alongside Cos, this is a king amongst St Estèphe estates. At 76% cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 has the highest proportion of this variety in the blend since 2006. The estate is building a new winery, and now has 90 tanks at its disposal to vinify individual plots. The dexterity in the cellar rewards in the glass; this is dense, dark and structured, with great purity and precision. There is a fine balance between silky fruit and a fresh, salty, toasty length with a touch of vanilla spice. The chalky tannins give it a long, elegant finish. This was the high point of the appellation.

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