Saint-Estèphe 2014
Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe 2014
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"The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it!" - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Saint-Estèphe 2014

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98/100 ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS

The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it!

96+/100 WILLIAM KELLY, ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE

The brilliant 2014 Montrose is the fruit of a harvest that stretched out for almost a month, ending on October 17. One of the wines of the vintage, it opens in the glass with aromas of cassis and plums mingled with burning embers, licorice, sweet loamy soil and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's concentrated and tightly wound, with sweet tannins and a long, penetrating finish.

96/100 LISA PEROTTI-BROWN MW, THE WINE INDEPENDENT 

This was winemaker Vincent Decup's first vintage. "Veraison was very late - not until the end of August for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petit Verdot," he commented. "This led to a late vintage with a nice Indian summer for the northern side of the Medoc. St Estephe was maybe the appellation of the vintage! It was a bit rainy for the Merlot, but the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignons were great. We finished harvesting on 16 October to get the phenolic maturity for the Cabernet Sauvignon." Deep garnet in color, the 2014 Montrose is composed of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Notes of blackcurrant cordial, baked plums, and boysenberry preserves jump from the glass, giving way to wafts of candied violets, chocolate box, and unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate is quite classic, laden with muscular, earth-laced black fruits and delivering a firm backbone of grainy tannins with just enough freshness, finishing long and savory. This should be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage, with another 30 years+ to go.

 

  • A dense and deep colour, the wine has an intense and complex, slightly saline nose which reveals notes of blackcurrant and very ripe fruit with airing
  • The terraced soils of the Montrose terroir consists of gravel mixed with sand on the surface over a clay-rich subsoil in which natural reserves form at depth, providing the vines with the water they need.
  • All the wines are vinified with the land and time spent in the vineyard at the forefront of the mind. Having respect for the grapes is what makes the wines so special. 
  • Can age for up to 10 years.
  • Pair with crisp braised duck, along with aromatic vegetables.