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Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe Grand Cru Classe 2015 (Pre-Arrival)  - First Bottle


98 James Suckling -
Intensity and clarity of fruit is so insane. Blackberries, spices such as cloves, blueberries, sandalwood and dried lavender. Full body and such a beautiful, dense center palate with perfectly polished tannins. Extremely long and beautiful. One of the best young Montroses in a long, long time.
96 Wine Enthusiast -
This sumptuous, powerful wine has a great sense of structure and tannins. It is also overwhelmingly dense with black fruits and swathes of rich black currants. In this vintage, even more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual in the blend has given a ripe wine set for a far-distant future. Drink from 2026.
96 Decanter -
Deep florality and wonderful black fruit. Surprisingly smooth and silky at first then the classic firmness becomes plain towards the finish. It has more natural richness than most in 2015 – a superbly made wine from a great terroir.
95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Montrose opens with broody black fruits, menthol and anise notes with a core of cassis, blueberries and mulberries plus a touch of cedar chest. The medium-bodied mouth is firm and chewy with a good core of muscular fruit and a long, earthy finish.
95 Vinous -
The 2015 Montrose has a very intense bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, iodine and violet scents that blossom in the glass, demonstrating more exuberance than (what transpired to be) the 2015 Meyney. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very well judged acidity, taut and linear with satifsying freshness and poise on the finish. Maybe this just has the edge over the Meyney. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
Another wine I was able to taste on multiple occasions, the 2015 Montrose is a certainly the wine of Saint-Estèphe in 2015. Notes of cassis, damp earth, violets, and graphite/lead pencil notes all flow to a beautifully pure, elegant and multi-dimensional 2015 that has fine, polished tannin, perfect balance, and a great finish. The 2015 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, all of which was brought up in 65% new oak. This isn’t a blockbuster yet is pure class all the way. It will be better in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades.

Technical Details

  • Blend67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerJean-Bernard Delmas
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationMedoc

Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe Grand Cru Classe 2015 (Pre-Arrival)

Bordeaux Blend  |  France
JS98, WE96, DC96, WA95, VN95, JD95

SPECIAL: Arrives Spring 2024
36% off retail!
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Château Montrose is a classic Saint-Estephe producer that has long been considered a supreme value for top-growth Bordeaux. 98 points for a Second Growth shows its quality and pedigree...but under $160? That’s a great price for such a Bordeaux as this – but only 8 cases are available! This beauty will land in early Spring 2024, but grab yours today!

Château Montrose was founded by Etienne Théodore Dumoulin, as he discovered a patch of forgotten heathland whilst exploring the family holdings following his father’s death. The land had been sold to the family by Nicolas Alexandre de Ségur – Bordeaux’s legendary “Prince of Vines” who had also served as owner to a few estates you may have heard of… namely, Château Lafite, Château Latour, Château Mouton, and Château Calon-Ségur. Etienne cleared the heather and planted the first vineyards, creating the Montrose estate in 1815. A mere 40 years later, Montrose was awarded Second Growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification – a huge surprise among many of the long-standing great estates of the day. Two centuries of excellence have affirmed the selection, and Château Montrose remains one of Bordeaux’s greatest values.

Set in Saint-Estèphe along the Gironde estuary, in the northernmost commune of Bordeaux lies Château Montrose. The close proximity to the Atlantic and the greater width of the Gironde at this point makes for a cool, yet moderated climate, with the vines flourishing on the rocky and gravelly alluvial soil deposits on this Left Bank site. The blend here is a rather classic 67% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, and 4% cabernet franc – from a vintage that is primed to be an all-time Bordeaux great!

This wine pulses with a dense and deep color, followed by an intensely complex, perfumed, and elegant nose. The aromas of violets, lavender, and peonies lead into flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry berry, and rich plums, with additional notes of smoke, graphite, and creamy mocha and chocolate. The wine possesses a precise attack – where velvety tannins and a smooth, dense mid-palate are loaded with nuanced and expressive flavors, leading into a long and elegant finish that finishes with a flash of oak and a bite of toasted anise seed. This is a wine of pure class, extraordinary elegance, and admirable poise that is just entering the prime of its easily three-decade long drinking window. If you’re looking for the newest addition to your cellar, or just an amazing bottle of wine to have at a special dinner a few years from now – look no further!

About the Producer

Established as a Second Growth in the 1855 classification, Chateau Montrose enjoys an exceptional geographical situation in Saint-Estèphe, facing the Gironde estuary. Its 95-hectare (235-acre) vineyard is in a single sweep, a rare and priceless advantage in the region. An extensive renovation program with very strict environmental objectives has been carried out at the estate since it was acquired by Martin and Olivier Bouygues in 2006, reflecting the new owners’ determination to perpetuate the quality of the wine and make Chateau Montrose a model of skilled winemaking and sustainable development. Under the direction of Hervé Berland since 2012, the estate has 68 employees in the vineyard and winery, all of whom share the same philosophy: respect for the terroir and a constant quest for excellence. That philosophy is manifested in meticulous vineyard practices, very precise parcel selection and use of only the best grapes to make the premium wine, Chateau Montrose. The other qualities are used to make the second wine, La Dame de Montrose, and the third wine, Le Saint-Estèphe de Montrose.