La Dame de Montrose, St Estèphe
Château Montrose

La Dame de Montrose, St Estèphe,



La Dame de Montrose, St Estèphe, 2010

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
La Dame de Montrose, St Estèphe, 2010

Montrose is a contender for wine of the vintage, producing a monumental, powerful, yet reserved and classical wine that will outlive most people over the legal drinking age... The second wine is also a wonderful example and is one of the top St Estephes in its own right. Dame represents 36% of the total production, a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. It is a more feminine expression of this terroir, but is still quite a big wine. Liquid mineral nose of gravel, pencil lead and earth. On the palate there is bright floral fruit, blackberries, griotte cherry, sap and spice. Classical, reserved and very refined with ample tannic extract.

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
You want a good value St Estèphe from a top name, ready to drink this Christmas, this is where to go - one of the best 2nd wines of the vintage. Tasted out of magnum, which made it more primary in its fruit structure than you will find in bottle, but either way this is still full of plump and opulent black cherry and cassis fruits. Still plenty of grip and life ahead, but so much pleasure to be found, and it's at its peak.
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Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2010 Les Dames de Montrose has a very strange, very mousy nose that obscures all sense of fruit and terroir expression. The palate is simple and weak, the nose so off-putting that I had to wash out my mouth afterwards. This must be an errant bottle given several others that I have tasted in the past. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.
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Château Montrose

Château Montrose

Established as a Second Growth in the 1855 classification, Château Montrose enjoys an exceptional geographical situation in Saint-Estèphe, facing the Gironde estuary. Its 95-hectare (235-acre) vineyard benefits from the moderating influence of the vast water mass nearby during the very hot summers and harsh winters. The vineyard is in a single sweep, a rare and priceless advantage in the region. The soil, consisting of deep gravel over clay, favours natural drainage and ensures the vines benefit from a slow and regular water supply from the water reserves in the subsoil.

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 Château Montrose an exemplary model of skilled wine-making 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, precise parcel selection and use of only the best grapes to make the premium wine, Château Montrose.

The other lesser-quality grapes are used to make the second wine, La Dame de Montrose, and the third wine, Le Saint-Estèphe de Montrose.

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