2018 Montrose (St-Estephe)

St-Estephe, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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97 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 18+ points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
96-98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
95-98 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
97-99 points, Chris Kissac

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This is wonderfully rich, with the precision of 2016 but the seductive quality of 2009. It feels architectural in the way that truly great vintages do in the Médoc, and it seems to have consumed its alcohol rather effortlessly. There`s plenty of liquorice and exuberant but well buttoned-down brushed damson and cassis pit notes that maintain the signature of Montrose. You can see the concentration in the legs and in the depth of the colour. 20% press wine was added, which is typical here, but the vintage yielded an extremely low 25hl/ha, due partly to drought, partly to mildew and partly to coulure - with drought accounting for most of that/ The Cabernets were affected more than the Merlots because of the later harvesting (which ran from 17 September to 5 October), which meant careful sorting was essential. A good 3.7pH has definitely helped it maintain its balance and sense of minerality, but for me the 2016 remains the one to beat. 2% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. Phenolic count of 81IPT. 97 points

Julia Harding

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Harvested 17 Sept to 5 Oct. Black core with narrow purple rim. More obvious oak than on La Dame de Montrose but still with hints of violets alongside pure cassis intensity. Almost a mintiness in the ripe (but not in the least overripe) black fruit. Oak spice and fruit spice. Amazingly juicy even with the density and concentration of both fruit and tannins. Needs lots of time but has great harmony and length. Powerful without being aggressive. Very oaky at the moment but has the stuffing and the wonderful fruit to hold its own. 18+ points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested from September 17 to October 5, the 2018 Montrose has a very deep purple-black color and opens with tantalizing notes of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, hoisin and mocha with nuances of molten licorice, ferti le loam, cast iron pan and incense. Big, rich, full and powerful in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit has a rock-solid backbone of very firm, very ripe tannins to match with tons of freshness and an epically long, exotic spice finish. A magnificent monster of a Montrose! 96-98 points

Chris Kissack

This is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all picked between September 17th and October 5th. The yield is 25 hl/ha, down by about 40% compared to the expected, a combination of mildew, coulure and dehydration in the warm weather. This took 52% of the crop. The alcohol is 14.8%. A quite remarkable nose here, all crushed back plum, acacia and soot, wrapped up in a little vanillin oak. The palate shows a silky intensity, with creamed fruit richness, polished and broad, very dark and classically styled, and very elegant too. It is poised, fresh, elegant, with dense and silky-svelte tannins, cashmere-like, which just melt into the background of the wine. This pretty much has everything, showing perfumed fruit, supported by texture, balance and a hidden frame which will carry it forward for decades in the cellar. Long and gripped in the finish, this is clearly a great Montrose. 97-99 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Montrose balances finesse and power to a degree I don`t think I have seen in a recent young Montrose. The 2018 has plenty of depth, intensity and thrust - all signatures of Montrose - but it also has a striking sense of elegance. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice meld together in the glass. Although it is naturally very young, the 2018 Montrose appears to have a tremendous future. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which is to say more Cabernet and less Merlot than is the norm. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018, but it is a stellar wine in the making. 95-98 points

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