2003 Montrose 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 99   IWC 96   WS 95   JR 17.6   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

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.

Drink Dates: 2015-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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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: Issue 126

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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.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.6

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

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: polochon
Tasted On: 12/11/2013
Enorme

Rating: 95
Author: kyball
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/14/2012

Rating: 94
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
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.

Rating: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/02/2011

Rating: 77
Author: Kiki
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/27/2011
Drink Dates:
kelly@kellyflemingwines.com completley insipid wine. thin, over rated, no fruit, dumb.

Average rating: 95, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

10501 bottles owned by 1201 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Climens, Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Chateau d'Armailhac

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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