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Bordeaux 2020: Château Montrose
23 June 2021

St Estèphe would appear to be a standout commune in 2020. The northern Medoc outpost has produced a clutch of sensational wines. Sadly we haven’t had a chance to taste Montrose – they are one of the properties that would rather not send samples - and yet, on paper, this looks like one of the most compelling offers of the campaign to date. The Montrose team has been at the very top of their game in recent years. Under the assured leadership of Hervé Berland this majestic St Estèphe second growth regularly vies for our left bank wine of the vintage. Outside of the first growths, only Pichon Lalande threatens the top spot more regularly. Judging by the critical response, this is a Montrose that rides the appellation’s quality wave and then adds a little magic of its own. Jane Anson describes it as a “great Montrose” suggesting it is one of the few 2020s where “a 1986, 2016 and 2010 comparison makes sense” while Colin Haye writing in The Drinks Business is almost moved to tears.    Read More

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