2003 Montrose

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ESTEPHE
abv 13.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 54739-2003-750-1A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Fragrant red and dark fruit, some oak spice and a slight leafiness. Fresh, lively and leafy on the palate. More Pauillac than St-EstŠphe? (JH)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    After the 2009, this is the most exciting Montrose ever made, with intense aromas and flavors of plums, blueberries, spices, tobacco and cedar. It's full-bodied with extremely refined tannins but a dense, delicious palate. Better in 2016, but why wait?
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2003 Montrose was served blind in Bordeaux on two occasions. Picked between 11 to 26 September, it is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It remains one of the outstanding wines of a very black and white vintage. Without knowledge of the vintage, I was hesitant to suggest 2003, because though there is clearly fruit intensity locked up inside this Saint EstŠphe, it is counterbalanced by the estate's trademark masculinity and austerity. So both on the nose and the palate it reaches this happy medium: pure blackberry, graphite and roasted herbs on the nose, perhaps even more elegant than I have observed on previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied rather than full bodied with sturdy tannins couched in layers of seamless blackberry and cassis fruit, offset by scents of tobacco and graphite. As usual it has immense length and depth, a Montrose that is really just a few chapters into what is sure to be a longer |book| than many other 2003s. It is not a perfect Montrose, but a couple of hairs' breadth away. Tasted February 2017.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: John Hunt
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: kyball
  • Self | Rating: 94

    93-96 ??? 4 hour decantet
    Author: winecellar
  • Self | Rating: 77

    completley insipid wine. thin, over rated, no fruit, dumb.
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Enorme
    Author: polochon
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent! A little closed on first pour (after about 30 min decant). Beautiful after about 1.5 - 2 hours in the decanter.
    Author: JD
  • Self | Rating:

    Far too young. Still in development. Tannins still dominate but structure is clearly present. Not an unpleasant drink at this stage but this needs at least another 5 years. No score.
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 94

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2032
    Author: Daddy
  • Self | Rating: 100

    The big leagues have officially named their captain. Brooding nose of bay leaf, grilled meat, spicebox, purple fruits, currants and tobacco were surreal in their purity and penetration. What a powerfully FULL body! Rich, cashmere textures surrounded leather and mocha coated black currant fruit in seamless fashion. Phenomenal weight, symmetry and grace.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 7131 bottles owned
  • 615 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 615 collectors)