Château Montrose, is one of two Second Growths from Saint-Estèphe and one of the most consistent producers in the whole of Bordeaux. The 95 hectare vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 40 years old, although some date as far back as 1932 - an impressive asset.
REcent history has been exciting here, when the Bouygues brothers bought the estate in 2006, they brought out of retirement and hired Jean Bernard Delmas, the former director at Château Haut-Brion, and in 2012, hired Hervé Berland, who had previously been working at Château Mouton-Rothschild for approximately 40 years. Clearly Montrose has no shortage of First Growth expertise at their disposal!
The sale of this estate to Etienne Dumoulin in 1778 marked the starting point for the winemaking legend that is now Château Montrose. Originally fields covered in heather, Dumoulin first started planting vines on the estate in 1815 and in 1896 sold Montrose to Louis Charmolue, who, born at Château Figeac, was no stranger to the world of Bordeaux winemaking. Charmolue acquired Château Cos d'Estournel and Château Pomys through marriage, and the family began the transformation of this estate into what it is now. During this period of ownership, the Charmolue family began bottling their own wine, one of the first Châteaux in Bordeaux to do so.
'Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Montrose has a crisp, earthy, tobacco-scented bouquet with sage and clove developing in the glass—clearly a Saint Estephe that is determined to succeed in an off-vintage, which this estate is masterful at doing. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. This bottle felt compact for this vintage, one of the few 2007s that merit decanting. However, there is undeniably plenty of freshness and a welcome touch of spice towards the finish. Linear in style, this is one of the few 2007s that should improve with bottle age.' 92pts, Neil Martin, Tasted February 2017. Jun 2017, www.robertparker.com
'One of the stars of the vintage, the 2007 Montrose boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Dense and opulent with silky tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a long finish, and no hard edges, this beauty should drink well for 15+ years.' 91pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.April, 2010