chateau montrose 2eme cru classe, saint-estephe 2010
JAMES SUCKLING
97
DECANTER
98

2010 chateau montrose 2eme cru classe, saint-estephe

Why We're Buying

Château Montrose is one of the most respected second-growth Bordeaux wine estates. The winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation has produced intensely tannic and powerful red wines for almost two centuries. Château Montrose isn't just cruising on its reputation. It has had a 100-point vintage in three consecutive decades from wine critic Robert Parker (1980s, 1990s, 2000s).

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

A perfumed and pure Montrose, with lots of currants, berries and spices that evolve to chocolate and light coffee. Full body, with super racy tannins and bright and clean finish. Very fine and structured. A balance and freshness to it all as well as beautiful form and tension.

DECANTER
98

Decanter

And on to the tighter, more intellectual vintage of the two sparring partners of 2009 and 2010. You can feel the quality, the intensity, the more cerebral aspect of 2010 where the tannins are matched step for step by acidity and fruit. A wonderful wine, it will run and run and even now it floats somewhere on your palate, keeping itself hidden from view. If you want to understand why acidity can be a good thing, get to know Montrose 2010. There is an abundance of autumnal black fruit, certainly, even touches of bitter dark chocolate and dark pepper spicing, but this is going to unfurl at its own pace.

WILFRED WONG OF WINE.COM
96

Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

One of greatest kept secrets amongst the classifieds, the 2010 Ch Montrose is a wine destined to be one of all time greats; very concentrated and long, yet pure and un-compromised by the winemaking team. Plenty of power and thickness, yet refined in its red fruit and minerality. Look for this wine to rest well in the cellar and grow into an incredible wine for the dinner table. (Best Served: 2024-2040)

WINE SPECTATOR
97

Wine Spectator

Rock solid, displaying a dense core of plum, steeped currant and braised fig fruit, with racy charcoal and ganache notes. Intensely chalky, offering flesh and refinement to match the bracing minerality, this shows hints of grilled savory, iron, warm paving stone and bitter orange on the riveting finish. Should age very slowly. Best from 2019 through 2038.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait? Tasted June 2016.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

This is such an elegant wine that has all the structure of the vintage. Surrounding the tannins, the wine is sweet and ripe, with smokiness from the wood. It's powerful, elegant and sophisticated with a strong sense of poise. The tannins promise long-term aging. Cellar Selection.