chateau montrose 2eme cru classe, saint-estephe 2017
WINE ENTHUSIAST
95
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

2017 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

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

A well-structured wine, this is rich in tannins and in density. The tannins show firmness, a dry edge that runs with the black-currant fruits to give a wine that will be well balanced and serious. Drink this powerful wine from 2024.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and a 1% splash of Petit Verdot, the 2017 Montrose wine was run off into 60% new and 40% one-year old barrels where it was aged for 18 months. The grand vin represented 37% of the estate’s total production. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose takes some time to unfurl before revealing an impressively flamboyant core of black cherry preserves, warm cassis and baked plums with hints of red currant jelly, dark chocolate, licorice, cardamom and chargrill plus a gentle waft of candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic intensity with a very elegant, modest weight, featuring super-ripe, finely-grained tannins and tons of freshness to lift and show-off a stunning array of gorgeous black fruit and fragrant sparks, finishing very long and refined. This is an incredibly classy, poised and sophisticated Montrose!

JAMES SUCKLING
97

James Suckling

Extremely aromatic with currant, wild-herb and fresh-violet aromas. This is regal cabernet sauvignon at its finest. The palate has unwaveringly long and defined tannins that carry such fresh, piercingly pure, redcurrant and cassis flavors. A twin to the superb 2015? A blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

TIM ATKIN
93

Tim Atkin

Inky purple black colour. Lots of warm oak mocha scents. Powerful black fruit. Some thyme and garrigue-like complexity. Excellent acid balance, and powerful tannic structure, good fruit extraction, classic in an elegant style. Just a tiny bit green and leafy on the mid-palate. Tannic finish.

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2017 Chateau Montrose is a brilliant effort based on 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. This full-bodied, beautifully concentrated Saint-Estate offers classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of creme de cassis, blueberries, crushed violets, and ample tobacco, with some underlying damp earth and spice notes developing with time in the glass. Balanced and beautifully textured on the palate, with both good acidity and building tannins, it reminds me of the 2012 with its classic style yet still has plenty of texture and ripe tannins. Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 30 years or more.

DECANTER
96

Decanter

This has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondingly powerful with a robust accompanying acidity that promises a long life. The fruit character is savoury, succulent and extremely persistent, with fleshy blackberry alongside touches of redcurrant and a pulsating freshness that keeps on coming. Harvested 12-29 September with twelve days spent actually picking, compared to sixteen days over the last few years, with more hands on deck. They have never been affected by frost, as far as they can remember, and 2017 was no exception. The wind is always such a benefit here. A normal yield of 45hl/ha, 37% of which was for the grand vin. 60% new oak.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

This is well-built for the vintage, featuring a core of red and black currant fruit that is pure and focused, supported by a racy iron spine. Exhibits ample length, with bay leaf, lilac and warm stone notes peeking through on the finish. Should develop nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2038.