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1989 Château Montrose

abv 13.0%
  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 18 JR
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 54739-1989

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  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 96

    An outstanding Montrose, the 1989 is one of the vintage's stars. It possesses an opaque dark ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of minerals, black fruits, cedar, and wood, dense, medium to full-bodied, highly extracted flavors, low acidity, and moderate tannin in the long finish. While it appears to be closing down far more quickly than the legendary 1990, it has layers of sweet fruit as well as an elevated level of glycerin. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring, and drink it over the subsequent 2-3 decades. Last tasted 3/97
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    For many years I have vehemently argued that the 1989 Montrose is a benchmark wine for the estate. Having tasted it several times over the last couple of months, I have never found a single occasion to alter that view. Tasted at the vertical in London, it continues to shine, having never lost any of its luster in recent years. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 11 to 28 September. Lucid in color, the aromatics do not hold back with vibrant blackberry, blueberry and black truffle, hints of sous-bois, all with sensational precision that few can match in this vintage (indeed, its precision lends it a veneer of modernity since |precision| is now more commonplace across Bordeaux). The palate is brilliantly balanced with filigree tannin. There is wonderful backbone here, extremely fresh and tensile, crystalline even with an exceptional detail, mineral-rich finish that lingers in the mouth. Difficult to fault, this might well be the greatest 1989 Montrose that I have tasted, and certainly wishing to take nothing away from the 1990 Montrose that I tasted alongside, the 1989 is now the one I would pick. Is this the greatest Saint Estephe of the 1980s? I would put it within the top five Bordeaux of the 1980s. Could this be inching its way to perfection??? Tasted June 2016.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2060
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: Interim End of March 2017
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Intense aromas of crushed blackberry and mineral turn to dried flowers and dried fruits, staying fresh on the nose. Full-bodied, offering big, round tannins and loads of ripe, seductive fruit. This is decadent and wild, turning nutty and fruity. A beautiful bottle. This is very close in quality to the legendary 1990.''89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 22,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2010+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Web Only - 2010
  • | Rating: 99

    This was yet another wine I drunk with wine collector friends in Bangkok -- the city is truly buzzing when it comes to wine and when you know where to look! On the nose, there were intense aromas of iron, pot iron and dried fruits, as well as hints of nuts and wet earth. On the palate, it showed a gorgeous texture of ripe tannins and lots of spicy and currant fruit character. A full-bodied, very soft and silky Bordeaux with lots of flavors and a superb finish. Just right now ' indeed it seems to be getting younger with age, not older! Decant an hour before. I think it's better than the legendary 1990. It's certainly cleaner and more consistent quality.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Sunday, June 12, 2016
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very dense and concentrated still with very firm Cabernet Sauvignon and stony characteristics. But there is also some obvious ripeness. More impressive than charming.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 98

    The 1989 Montrose is a magnificent wine and this represents one of the best bottles I have encountered – one that was purchased on release and not moved from Berry Brothers’ cellar since. I have encountered perfect bottles of the 1989, and this flirts with that magic figure. It is blessed with a captivating bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, sous-bois and black truffle, the veins of blue fruit just toned down a little compared to previous bottles. The palate is supremely well balanced with those filigreed tannins that in some ways are atypical of Montrose. It delivers silky-smooth texture and an intense finish that glides across the senses. I cannot give a perfect score on this occasion, but without question, this is one of the great Montrose releases. Tasted at the 1989 Bordeaux dinner at Hatched in London.
    Drink Dates: 2019 - 2050
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: Sep 2019
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 92

    A bit light and austere. Improved after 1-2 hours but still not up to 100 rating. No funk. Prefer the 1990.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 4.5

    Certainly at it's prime, and ready to go, with probably not too much life left in it. The colour was very deep purple, almost black. On the nose, it had some fruit but had moved well into the cigar and wood notes, with some mint evident as it developed through the evening. The tannins were relaxed and soft, the wine could potentially be accused of being a little light bodied by today's norms, but a traditional and great Bordeaux. Finish was delicate, and not bold.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2013
    Author: Murray
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Definitely drinkable. Quite nice.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Purchased in a small wine shop in St. Emilion as a single, in the summer of 2009, opened as the last bottle of the year, ending |to the nines|. What a sensational bottle of wine. Opened at 3PM, decanted at 8, served at 9, and the wine kept on coming all night long holding form through midnight. Big, dark, powerful, balanced, deep and long. Dark fruit, spice, leather and a real sense of deep gravel and old vines of St Estephe. A fantastic 20 year old Bordeaux wine and a superb finish to 2009. Happy New Year!
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Simply a delicious wine, I'd like about another 2 cases.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Wow. This is a classic Montrose drinking beautifully now. Tea, black fruits, and cedar on the palate. Long finish. This has it all. Plenty of life left.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Conrad K
Located in the heart of the Saint-Estephe appellation, Second Growth classified Chateau Montrose has been in the hands of the Charmoule family for over 100 years. The family has continued to follow age-old winemaking traditions of the Medoc with spectacular results. The vineyards also benefit from the mild microclimate created by the nearby Gironde estuary, which helps temper the climate, ensuring the grapes ripen under ideal conditions. Considered one of the top Saint-Estephe producers, Chateau Montrose is prized for its classic Claret style wines, big fruit and full structure. The wines are also known for their incredibly tannic nature, allowing them to stand up to years of aging. Chateau Montrose makes a second wine called La Dame de Montrose.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2348 bottles owned
  • 356 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 356 collectors)