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 Vintage2000 Label 54 of 154 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerChâteau Montrose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe
UPC Code(s)087000327122

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2037 (based on 110 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.6 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 117 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by lhillberg on 6/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasted a glass with coravin. Deep almost inky color. The nose was very closed for better than 30 minutes in the glass and then opened to classic notes of dark berries and spice, with a bit a leather and mushroom. It really jumps into the mouth with big flavors and then finishes with a bit of dirt flavor. The fruit is powerful but the wine is balanced with sweet tannins and nice acid. This wine was very good and I think will still improve as the tannins smooth out a bit more.

Drank the rest with friends, no difference in wine (meaning no coravin effect that I could taste). Same notes as above, but was drinking with food and it was a great compliment to the steak. My friends really enjoyed this treat. (1115 views)
 Tasted by keith prothero on 5/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened in the name of research but wish I had not. Still far far too young for my taste although I suspect it will eventually be very fine indeed. Trouble is I doubt very much whether I will be around to try it. (2081 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 5/10/2015 & rated 99 points: This is another benchmark Montrose that is right up there with the 2005 and 2009 (and dare I say it, the 2008?). This wine is still another two decades away from real maturity of course, but the quality is already apparent: a deep bouquet of black fruit and developing truffle and rich soil aromas are followed by a strikingly three-dimensional, complete palate impression, with loads of savory tannins and a bottomless core of fruit and acidity. In style this is slightly more rustic and old-school than subsequent vintages—and I love that! (2072 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 5/3/2015 & rated 95 points: 31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: Surprisingly cool nose; structured and tight, very fine meaty core of fruit. Even if the fruit is a bit warm, this is by no means over the top. Big mouth feel and high intensity, balanced. A very fine wine. (2408 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 4/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Took about 30 minutes in the decanter. Hard leather and tobacco on the nose initially that gave way to sweet black and red fruits. On the palate much the same with grilled meats following the tobacco notes but the sweet layers of fruit really creeping up to a huge long finish. (2369 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 3/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Coravin tasting
2 hours in the glass
dark transparent purple.
elegant quality black fruits, fine earthy/leathery aromas with notes of blackcurrant and raspberry and cedar hint.
rich delicate palate of CS fruit with intense blackcurrant & red fruits flavours, light spice, earthy & licorice tones. full bodied, surprisingly already-integrated mouth coating tannins, still young but already in its best period. Well balanced. medium+ finish.
can age further 15-20 years. (2916 views)
 Tasted by sandwich on 2/20/2015 & rated 95 points: What a treat. This has only gotten better and better. This is bottle 7 from an OWC purchased on release and cellared under ideal conditions. We are now in prime time. Everything has come together wonderfully. Classic granite, raisins and grilled meats on the initial fore palate, and a long lingering punch of savory, juicy beef blood segues into an interesting finish of burnt orange peel. There is just enough residual tannins to make me wonder if this will continue to age. (2677 views)
 Tasted by Zinlady on 1/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Decanted for four hours. Very young tasting. Dark. Closed in. No finish Will wait three years to try again (3313 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/30/2014: Coffee on nose. Medicinal. Not ready for prime time. Let it sleep and try again in 10 years. (3009 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 12/20/2014 & rated 97 points: It is always a nervous time when first trying a bottle from an Australian auction. Fortunately the colour was still ruby and there were no oxidised notes on the nose or palate. The nose was initially closed but was far more open after one hour in the decanter. It had a classical bordeaux aroma dominated by blackcurrant. It was still relatively young. The medium to full bodied palate was refined with a strong blackcurrant spine. It had good length. Parker says this wine " will hit its prime in 2020" and then last another 30 years! I think it is quite remarkable that a 14 year old wine can taste so young. Coravin first pour. Riedel bordeaux glasses. Drunk at 16 degrees after 1 hour decantering. (3159 views)
 Tasted by lolo66 on 10/17/2014 & rated 93 points: NY Wine Experience 2014 (Marriot Marquis): more cedar shavings, some cigar smoke and earth. followed by black currant and then some sweet dark plums/deep and brooding. heady stuff. (4456 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/16/2014 & rated 96 points: New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): This wine (now 14-years-old) still shows a youthful opaque ruby color. Intense and primary on the nose and palate, it delivers ripe black currant fruit, graphite, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Full-bodied, fresh, massively extracted, seamlessly alcoholic and with big sweet tanninns, it sails through the middle in solid fashion and closes long. Classic quality here, but still a baby. Drink 2020-2045. (4768 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 10/1/2014 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux 2000 tasting (The Traklin - new location): uncorked 2 hours prior to enjoying
dark purple.
quality black fruits, dusty/earthy/leathery aromas with notes of blackcurrant and raspberry and cedar hint.
rich delicate palate of CS fruit with intense blackcurrant & red fruits flavours, light spice, earthy & licorice tones. full bodied, surprisingly already-integrated tannins, still young but already in its best period. Well balanced.
medium+ finish. (3562 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 8/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Dinner at Samir's (Fremont, CA): Youthful color with very little bricking; complex nose with dusty red fruit, slight bell pepper, good depth; palate is full bodied, youthful, still quite structured tannins, good underlying fruit but needs time; finish is medium length. Excellent balance, nose>palate, a few years too young, but very enjoyable. 91-92+. Wait 3-5 years before my next taste. (4094 views)
 Tasted by MicklethePickle on 8/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Still a baby. Dark ruby with a red rim. Glorious legs. Very tight when opened last night, has emerged after 20 hours. Rich, ripe, red cabernet fruit. Iodine and spice with red fruit in the nose. Huge, chewy wine, full body, excellent flavor profile with full red fruit. Very long, rich finish. Still tannic, but approaching maturity, decanting highly recommended. 5-13-17-9: 94/100. (3851 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 8/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Second Sunday Group: 2005 CdP Traditional Cuvees vs. Tete de Cuvees (Neil's): Opened by M.Y. before dinner. Deep crimson color with notes of sandalwood, blackberry, tobacco and earth. Leather, spice box and roasted herb notes emerge as it opens in the glass. Full-bodied with firm tannins and flavors of blackberry, tobacco and spice. The fruit becomes more apparent as it opens. This really needed a good hour in the glass to show itself, as it was still quite tight and reserved initially. Everything is there though- fruit, structure and acid, so be patient. From 2020+ though 2025 is probably even better. (3322 views)
 Tasted by hiker_guy on 6/27/2014: This wine was decanted for 8 hours before dinner.
While enjoyable I was a little disappointed. It lacked the depth and complexity I was expecting and came off somewhat austere. It was enjoyable and paired well with the meal. I'm wondering if that long a decant might have been over the top. (3900 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 6/6/2014 & rated 96 points: Ännu en flaska av detta superba vin.
Se noteringar 2014-04-02 (3769 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 5/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Just beginning to be drinkable, brooding, complex, edging away from a bit austere, revealing enormous depth, promise, should go for decades. A magnificent wine that should rate points better in a few years (3949 views)
 Tasted by esburgundy on 5/15/2014 & rated 93 points: Drank at Costata, beautiful bord, just showing first hints of secondary aromas of cedar, truffle and mushrooms. Plenty of fruit and very integrated, I found myself wanting more! Thx David (3568 views)
 Tasted by Donjcorleone on 5/10/2014 & rated 89 points: Decanted for several hours yet did not really ever open up. The nose offered a brooding essence of blackberry liqueur and a little vanilla which echoed on the one dimensional palate that was still tight as nails with drying tannins. I am going to leave the rest of my bottles alone for another decade before retrying. (3428 views)
 Tasted by Khon Kaen on 4/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted 1.5 hours in advance. Very nice dark color. Great nose with tobacco and leather. Smooth and elegant. Not so high acidity and long tannic finish. I think it is still young. Hope to enjoy it after one or two years later. (3841 views)
 Tasted by MWiking on 4/3/2014 & rated 97 points: världsklassvin! på väg att komma in i sitt mognadsfönster på riktigt, fortfarande mycket primärfrukt kvar, tror att detta vin om bara 2-3 år är helt perfekt. Tät frukt, tokbak, lite rökigt och ek är några av de smakord jag hittade på detta vin. (3874 views)
 Tasted by Patrik H on 4/2/2014 & rated 96 points: On the nose, Violet, soil, stable, cherries, and a hint of roses.
On the palate, Nice structure and a very elegant mouth feel perhaps little withdrawn at this point. Well balanced fruit with hints of tobacco and smoke. Not very present acidity
Medium + finish (3108 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 4/2/2014 & rated 96 points: Horizontal blind tasting of 10 Bordeaux wines from the 2000 vintage tonight.
Hmm… do I sense a small hint of cork in this glass?
It came and went a few times during the evening, before finally disappearing completely.
Anyway, not enough to ruin the experience.
Mainly red currant and cassis on the nose.
Some herbs and hints of oak (vanilla).
Big and quite bold, with a long way to go yet, so great room for further improvement.
Still very primary, but became better and better in the glass as the evening went by.
This is really good! (3763 views)
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Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/17/2010)
(Château Montrose) Opaque black red violet color; ravishing lavender, blackberry, lead pencil, smoke, berry, floral nose; youthful berry, blackberry, tart plum, lead pencil palate; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.  95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, 2000 Bordeaux (12/1/2007)
(Montrose) The 2000 Montrose was ‘massive.’ There was certainly more t ‘n a here than in the previous two, and the wine had loads of spice and spine, as well as a nutty edge. The style of St. Estephe shone through all three wines in this first flight, as they all had this similar style underneath it all. Mike found the Montrose a bit ‘angular and sharp,’ while also noting that the Cos was ‘well-connected.’ The Montrose was spiny and long but a bit brutish at the young age of seven  93 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
(Montrose) This bottle was far from that experience. I found myself about halfway between pomp and circumstance. This bottle, or the experience of this bottle in the context of the evening, was above average but not even very good. I gave the wine 88 points and found it uninteresting overall. All three wines from the 2000 vintage did not rock my socks on this night. Again, I was suffering from some palate fatigue in the second part of the night, but regardless the discrepancies were large  88 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai (9/19/2005)
(Montrose) seemed to have tightened up, certainly having much more structure and much less baby fat than the 2003 at this point. There were great aromas of smoke, cedar and minerals; the wine had breed and was elevated and stylish, though definitely in reserve. The nose had impressive length; it was deep, dusty and a veritable spice box of dried herbs. Frank wondered if it was 'a little green,' but I found that to be a quality of the 1996 more so and not here really. Michel Bettane found significant bottle variation between the two bottles of 2000 that were served. Some fireplace action emerged with the wood, ash and brick, and some sweetness slowly slinked out. The acidity kept gaining in the glass, and as previously mentioned, three hours later the wine was still going strong. The structure was indubitably outstanding; there was great balance to its body and flavors between the front and back ends, but it did not quite have the weight I expected, perhaps a stage. The wine was still outstanding, don't get me wrong. Clive called it 'glorious,' though 'a bit adolescent,' and that it had 'gone into its shell, which you'd expect. Drink after 2015.' While the 2003 was more enjoyable right now, the 2000 reeked of more potential  95+ points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/4/2004)
(Montrose) How about a case for your great grandchildren? Here it is. Montrose 2000. This wine hurt me, but is still oh so good. Huge nose of minerals, wet stones, chocolate, earth, spice. Almost Pessac-like was my first impression. Palate was really primary and fat with unreal density and precision. Very backwards with a long finish and a resounding thump of tannin at the end. Incredible wine in need of 20-25 years. A monster.
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Château Montrose

Producer website – Read more about Chateau Montrose

This was acquired In 1778 as part of the Calon estate, by Etienne Théodore Dumoulin. After his death, his son, (also Etienne Théodore Dumoulin) cleared the vegetation and discovered the soil beneath was gravelly and suitable for the vine. Planting was completed by 1815 with good results. By 1820, Dumoulin had expanded the vineyard and built a small chateau. This vineyard has changed hands many times over the years. New equipment in 1975, and again in 1985, and a new barrel cellar helped sow the seeds for Montrose's renovation, which reached a peak in about 2000 with some excellent wines. The estate and the wines were enjoying a great reputation when, in 2006, it changed hands once more when Martin & Oliver Bouygues bought the vineyard. The vineyard is currently 65 hectares with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wines go into oak, 70% new for eighteen months for the Grand Vin Chateau Montrose (typically 19,000 cases per annum).

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Estèphe

Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.

A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.

Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.

Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):

In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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