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.
'The 2013 Montrose has an understated, lilting bouquet with blackberry and briary scents and dried rose petals, gaining more intensity as it opens over 2-3 minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. It shows good weight in the mouth, quite linear and masculine (typical for Montrose) but there is respectable detail and mineralité coming through on the satisfying finish. Not a top tier Montrose, but then again, why would it be in this difficult vintage. It will still give pleasure over the next 12-15 years.' 90pts, Neil Martin, www.robertparker.com, drink from 2017-2030