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2003 Montrose 750ml
2003 Montrose
France - Bordeaux - St Estephe / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Montrose
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($175-$250) Good medium-deep ruby-red. Superripe, roasted aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and licorice. Wonderfully dense, sweet and lush, with an early roundness rare for this wine. A monumental St. Estephe with almost confectionery sweetness. Wonderfully horizontal, palate-saturating wine with huge but thoroughly ripe, lush tannins. It's hard to believe that a wine this rich and deep could be carrying just 13.2% alcohol. The only thing missing here is the floral topnote of 2005, but that's a quibble in this baking-hot vintage, as Montrose's cooler, water-retentive clay-rich soil handled the extreme heat and drought as well as any chateau in the Bordeaux region. The final blend is 63% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Dense and rich and with lots of vibration. Velvety. Good triumph over the vintage character. (Average group score: 17.6)

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 214

A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this fabulous terroir. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of blueberries, black currants, blackberries, licorice and camphor. Dense, full-bodied and rich with an unctuous texture, well-integrated, melted tannins, and a long, heady finish, this big, brawny, super-intense, gorgeous 2003 is just beginning to enter its plateau of full maturity. It should remain there for at least two decades.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Dark color. Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, spice and tobacco. Loads of plum. Medium- to full-bodied, with very integrated and refined tannins. Long. This really builds on the palate. This is better than the 2000 and 1990. Only time will tell if it's better than the 1989. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 15,830 cases made.

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Community Reviews


polochon Tasted On: 12/11/2013



Daddy Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 12/09/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2032

Still quite a young wine but beginning to open. Opened for 6 hours, decanted. An excellent example of Montrose with dark fruit, indigo color, a strong tannic backbone, showing casis, tabacco, a bit of asian spice. Has miles to go.


kyball Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 07/14/2012


Stephen G41 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 10/02/2011


Kiki Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 06/27/2011 Drink Dates:

completley insipid wine. thin, over rated, no fruit, dumb.

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