1994 Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe - 12x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Montrose
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Drinking 2002 - 2020
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available

1994 - Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe - 12x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Montrose
  • Region St Estèphe
  • Drinking 2002 - 2020
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available

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  • Robert Parker, April 1995, Score: 91-94

    Readers must realize that Montrose, often referred to as the poor person's Latour, has been at the top of the Bordeaux heap since the 1989 vintage. They turned out a profound 1989, an exceptionally classic wine in 1990, one of the finest 1991s, and a pleasant, if soft, 1992 and 1993. The 1994 (65% of the crop was kept for the Montrose label) is a 65% Cabernet Sauvignon/25% Merlot/10% Cabernet Franc blend. More similar to the 1990 than the 1989, the 1994 exhibits an opaque purple color. The nose offers intense, overripe cassis aromas mixed with minerals, vanilla, and floral scents. Extremely powerful and remarkably concentrated, this unctuously-textured, massive wine is crammed with highly-extracted fruit that nearly masks a tannin level equal to that achieved in 1990. One of the most promising wines of the vintage, the 1994 Montrose is a candidate for 30-40 years of cellaring. It will not be drinkable before the age of 10. This is another brilliant effort from the Charmolue family! Drink: 2005-2035.

  • Robert Parker, April 1996, Score: 90-92

    Montrose has unquestionably fashioned one of the top wines of the vintage in 1994. It is surprisingly forward in a vintage that produced relatively tannic wines in the Medoc. The dark purple color is followed by a complex bouquet of coffee beans, vanilla, sweet black-cherries, raspberries, cassis, spice, and toast. Full-bodied, with low acidity, outstanding ripeness and sweetness of fruit, an opulent, unctuous texture, and an expansive, long, rich finish, this gorgeously-proportioned, decadent Montrose should drink well when released. It will last for 15-20 years.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux. Drink: 1996-2016.

  • Robert Parker, February 1997, Score: 91

    Montrose has been one of Bordeaux's most consistently successful chateaux since 1989. An opaque purple color suggests a wine of considerable intensity. One of the most successful 1994s of the northern Medoc, the wine's closed aromatics offer jammy black fruits, plums, spice, and earth. On the palate, there is impressive extract, purity, and copious amounts of sweet blackcurrant fruit nicely balanced by moderate yet ripe tannin. Medium-bodied, with excellent to outstanding concentration, this impressive Montrose should be close to full maturity with another 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

Producer

Château Montrose

For years Montrose has been in the shadow of its more decadent, flashy neighbour, Cos d'Estournel.Quietly confident, it is a brilliant performer in notably dry, sunny vintages due to its dense clay soil that allows the vines to remain hydrated. In 2003, this was particularly true as many deemed it wine of the vintage. They have a new director, Jean-Bernard Delmas, a legend amongst the Bordelais having run Haut Brion and La ...Read more

For years Montrose has been in the shadow of its more decadent, flashy neighbour, Cos d'Estournel.Quietly confident, it is a brilliant performer in notably dry, sunny vintages due to its dense clay soil that allows the vines to remain hydrated. In 2003, this was particularly true as many deemed it wine of the vintage. They have a new director, Jean-Bernard Delmas, a legend amongst the Bordelais having run Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion for 40 years, so quality is only likley to get better and better.Read less

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.