chateau montrose 2eme cru classe, saint-estephe 2014
DECANTER
97
JEB DUNNUCK
95

2014 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

DECANTER
97

Decanter

Another contender for wine of the vintage. Here things get a little deep and fleshy, with crushed damson fruit that holds its integrity. Tannins are big and bold, oak influence clear but not offputting, just giving boots to slip your feet into. Your mouth responds to these tannins, reminds you that wine tasting us a physical activity. Great quality, what a brilliant wine.

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2014 Montrose and it has an incredible purity and elegance that sets it apart from its peers. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a deeper, richer profile with gorgeous cassis and currant fruits intermixed with licorice, chocolate, graphite and beautiful minerality. A spitting image of class on the palate, with fine tannin, integrated acidity, and medium to full-bodied richness, this terrific 2014 is up with the crème de la crème of the Médoc and keep for two to three decades.

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

Incredible aromas of currants, blackberries, slate and flowers. Full-bodied yet so tight and beautiful with superb polish and brightness. The length is fantastic. Truly superb. Drink in 2021.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended—one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. Tasted September 2016.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

This is a very fine wine showing a new level of quality at Montrose. With its almost velvet tannins inside the intense black fruits, the wine is rich, smooth and generous. Blackberry and black-plum fruits are to the fore along with the fine acidity and great structure. A wine to age for decades, it will be ready to drink from 2027. Cellar Selection

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035.