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2010 Ch. Montrose, St Estèphe

Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
The 2010 Ch Montrose is the first vintage to include some of the newly acquired 20 hectare parcel from Phelan Ségur. It shows lovely pure cassis on the nose and is very charming, with some well integrated sweet oak on the nose. Very perfumed on the nose, this is velvety, sexy and almost exotic with ripe, yet firm, tannins in the middle and a beautiful intensely focused finish.

This wine is a very good effort and a different offering to 2009, showing more freshness and minerality for long-term keeping.
(53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)
(Max Lalondrelle, BBR Bordeaux Wine Buyer)Château Montrose


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
The acquisition of some vineyards from Phélan-­Ségur has boosted the Merlot quotient of this, the most tannic of Saint Estèphes, but this is still a very firm, backward wine. Essence of Saint Estèphe: dark, brooding, concentrated with amazing, roasted intensity, glycerol-­saturated fruit and tannin levels that wouldn’t
look out of place in Barolo. A true vin de garde.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
Elegant, quite reserved fruit, quite discreet now, will gain in length, but less exciting than 2009.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
Elegant, quite reserved fruit, quite discreet now, will gain in length, but less exciting than 2009.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
The 2010 Montrose is a fabulous wine, and I was leaning toward giving it a three-digit score, which it may ultimately merit after it resolves some of its very sweet tannin. It is not as soft or flamboyant as the 2009, but it is a great classic, coming in at 13.9% natural alcohol. Representing 64% of the total production, the final blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot (which is one percent different than the barrel sample blends that were presented). Inky bluish/purple in color, with classic blueberry, black currant, crushed rock and floral notes, hints of graphite, and lots of wild mountain berry fruit, this wine is extravagantly rich, has very sweet but noticeable tannin, laser-like precision, a massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and a finish of close to 50+ seconds. This remarkable wine will probably tighten up somewhat in the bottle, and need most of a decade to shed some tannin and its rather grapy, primary personality. The finish blew me away, and the overall power, richness and balance of this wine are virtually perfect. Look for it to drink well for half a century or more.

Although Jean Delmas remains a consultant at Montrose, he has yielded his primary responsibilities over to a younger staff, but he still believes the 2010 Montrose is one of the all-time great wines ever produced at this estate, equaling or exceeding the quality of the 1929, 1945, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 or 2009.
(99 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

Jean Delmas believes this is one of the all-time great wines of Montrose, comparable to the 2009, 1990, 1989, 1959, 1947, 1945 and 1929. The 2010 harvest took place between September 27 and October 15, and the final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.75% natural alcohol, a fraction above the 2009's 13.7%. Somewhat reminiscent of the 1989, only even inkier and richer, the 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with glorious aromatics of blueberries, boysenberries, black currants and a crushed chalk-like minerality. The tannins are less intrusive than I would have suspected for such a young Montrose, but they are unquestionably ripe and well-integrated. Deep, full-bodied and massive, this beauty should be at its finest between 2018-2050.
(96-99+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
This 2010 St.-Estèphe wine is dense and dark, with a massive core of roasted fig, blackberry, espresso and bittersweet cocoa flavors followed by rapier tannins that drive through the finish. Ch. Montrose has both richness and austerity. When it all comes together fully, this should be a superb wine.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator –  Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Montrose, St Estephe
Product: 7806
Maturity: Drink 2013-2038 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » St-Estèphe Map of the region
Producer: Château Montrose
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
15/20 18/20 18/20 96 - 99+/100 97 95 - 98/100
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