2004 Montrose 1.5L

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

WS 92   IWC 91   WA 91   JR 17.5-   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Dark-colored, with beautiful spice, blackberry and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, round and velvety, with wonderful balance and a long, long finish. This is a Montrose that caresses your palate.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($52-$70) Deep, bright ruby-red. Sexy, ripe aromas of currant, black plum, raspberry, smoked meat, mocha, jasmine, black olive and earth. Smooth in texture but vinous and bright, with a penetrating character to the flavors of plum, currant, mocha and tobacco. Finishes bright and fresh, with dusty, tactile tannins and a classic St. Estephe medicinal note. This tightened up with aeration.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

An impressive effort for the vintage, the 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 171

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5-

Still a Charmolue production at this stage, with a label very like that shown here. Light but true, classic, classy nose. Very well balanced and sophisticated. This is rolling with the vintage, not fighting it, and the end result is a pretty beautiful classic claret. Not for modernists though.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: ?

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Tphilca
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/08/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Took a chance on this with a great friend visiting from out of town. This was absolutely thrilling. Textbook, deep Bordeaux nose and very dark color. For a 2004, this was "thick" and just amazing to drink with steak. Tannins well integrated into the full bodied wine with a beautiful nose. Kicking myself I didn't buy more of this. Plenty of life left in the wine so no rush at all.

Rating: 94
Author: vince389
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/16/2011
Drink Dates: 2016-2031
Beautiful wine. Elegant, quality. Restrained fruits but yet ripe and giving. Cherries, berries, herbs, balanced tannins and acidity. Will reward patient drinkers... cellar for another 10 years before trying again (if you can wait that long)

Rating: 92
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/04/2012
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Rating: 91
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2019
Still young but already giving a lot of pleasure now. Classic and traditional as far as balance and roundness are concerned, not too woody, very fine wine.

Rating: 90
Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/08/2011

Average rating: 91, based on 9 reviews
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101 bottles owned by 58 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.

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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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