2021 - Ch Montrose 2ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Montrose
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2027 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
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2021 CH MONTROSE 2ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Montrose
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2027 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £695 – £845
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2021 Montrose is very clean and precise on the nose. You could almost describe it has clinical, crushed stone infusing the black fruit and briar. It is not as intense as the previous two vintages, which is to be expected, though the Cabernet Sauvignon is expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and fine acidity; a Montrose that is very tensile and focused. Moderate grip and volume, this is a more slimline version of recent vintages, a reflection of the growing season. Maybe it just misses the bravura finish that one has almost come to expect from this estate, yet it has the potential to become an aristocratic, classic Montrose. Drink 2025 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    A brilliant achievement, the 2021 Montrose is reminiscent of a purer, more precise, modern-day version of the estate's 1996. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of blackcurrants, pencil shavings, sweet loamy soil, black truffle and nicely integrated new oak, it's full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with terrific depth at the core, lively acids and a seamless, harmonious profile. Exhibiting beautifully refined tannins and an impressive sense of completeness, it's a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot—standing out as one of the few top wines of the vintage that actually includes more Merlot and less Cabernet than in recent years.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2021 is a fine choice for Montrose fans who want to drink the Grand Vin without waiting for decades. I imagine the slightly high amount of Merlot also helps in giving the Grand Vin a measure of suppleness that is rarely found in Montrose. Gentle extractions bring out gorgeous purity in the fruit. Scorched earth, licorice, rose petal and blood orange develop in the glass, followed by a kick of Montrose structure on the finish. The 2021 is not an especially typical Montrose, but it is an undeniably attractive wine. The 13.1% alcohol has not been seen here in years. Drink 2031-2051

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    The impact of the estuary running alongside the best located vineyards in St Estèphe protected Ch Montrose from the harsh early April frosts. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot Montrose 2021 shows abundant deep dark cassis and currant fruit. This wine has a core of St Estèphe structure and backbone, and its tight knit intensity is surrounded by generous rich dark fruit, coated with liquorice and spice.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    Deep in color, especially for the vintage, you find tobacco leaf, black cherry, pencil shavings, cedar, spice and dark fruits appearing in the perfume with no effort at all. There is a richness on the palate. The fruit is ripe, fresh, vibrant and chewy, with lift and energy in the mouth that carries through to the finish. As all fans of Montrose know, the wine more often than not requires decades of age before it is ready to taste, but 2021 is a different beast, allowing you to enjoy with a just a few years before it begins to be fun to taste. The wine was made from blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV, 3.7. Yields were 38 hectoliters per hectare, with 40% of the harvest going into the Grand Vin. The harvest took place September 21 to October 6. Drink from 2028-2055.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 95

    This has depth on the palate, inky purple with grilled almond, fennel, cassis, blackberry, bilblerry, waves of fruit set against strong, austere tannins that give excellent structure but not a lot of generosity. This is a serious, signature Montrose that is not an early drinker. Juicy on the finish, one to recommend. 55% new oak. Pierre Grafeuille has come on board as director since March 1, and will be taking over fully from Hervé Berland as of October 1.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2022,
    Score: 18.5+

    This is a very compact and reserved Montrose with masses of energy and tension, and yet it is not a heavy wine, but one with incredible focus (much smaller bunches were harvested than normal) and aromatic allure. The depth and length of fruit are superb for a more slender and pinched style of vintage, and the overall balance is sensational. This is a wine from a bygone era in terms of weight and lift and the finish is as clean as a whistle with resonance and vibrations that will carry this wine on for years.

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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.