2004 - Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe
06A4MONT _ 2004 - Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Montrose
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2004 CH MONTROSE 2ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Montrose
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,652.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2005,
    Score: -

    Ch Montrose, with its peacocks, palm trees and the river gleaming nearby, was a beautiful place to be the other day. After the feeding frenzy that surrounded the famous 2003, our hopes were high.Clearly this is an estate on a roll since we really enjoyed the 2004. This wine shows masses of sweet dark fruit, firm but fine tannins all dressed with very stylish oak and plenty of minerals. Jancis Robinson writes: "You certainly wouldn't come across this sort of wine anywhere but Bordeaux" and indeed this is classic St Estephe built for the long term. Drink 2012-2025 Although the 2004 Montrose reveals dry, hard tannin, it comes across as a classically structured, backward effort with an opaque purple color as well as notes of black raspberries, flowers, cassis, and a hint of new wood. Made in a structured, masculine style, it is not a huge wine by Montrose'sstandards. Moreover, it must take a back seat to the compelling 2003. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding, elegant yet substantial St.-Estephe that will handsomely repay cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2017,
    Score: 92/100

    Tasted at the château, the 2004 Montrose is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 24 September and 15 October. It has a foursquare but precise bouquet that unfolds in the glass to offer brambly red berry fruit, tar, undergrowth and cedar aromas. There is a touch of mint that emerges with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tannins that gently grip. It is more savory than other vintages: hints of bacon fat and bell pepper towards the harmonious finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Probably earlier drinking that other vintages, yet this Montrose has personality and will give drinking pleasure for 15-20 years. Tasted September 2016. Neal Martin Score 92/100 Drink Dates 2016-2036

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2007,
    Score: 91

    An impressive effort for the vintage, the 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 15+ years. Drink 2007-2022

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2006,
    Score: 91-93

    Montrose's harvest occurred between September 24 and October 15, and an unusually high percentage(73%) of the production made it into the final blend. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is a classic St.-Estephe offering a deep purple color, sweet, smoky, blackberry, blueberry, and cassis fruit, medium body, and zesty acidity. This pure 2004 is not a blockbuster (such as the 2003 and 2000), but rather a refined, linear, fresh wine that will undoubtedly shut down given its high tannin level. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
    Score: 17.5

    A very worthy follow-up to the famous 2003 even if the style is different – excellent winemaking here at the moment. Blackish crimson and very little nose at first. Lots of sweet fruit on the front palate, then fine tannins. Sandy, not aggressive tannins. Another very gentle, round wine but with obviously more concentration and reticence than the Dame de Montrose. Relatively advanced. Neat well-mannered – quite a statement in the context of many relatively aggressive wines. Elegant and ‘just' 12.8% alcohol. You certainly wouldn't come across this sort of wine anywhere butBordeaux. Relatively light at the moment but the winemaker is convinced it will put on flesh later, like the 1996s. Drink 2015-2035

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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 Mission Haut Brion for 40 years, so quality is only likley to get better and better.

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.