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 Vintage2000 Label 54 of 330 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 1994 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 114 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.5 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 135 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Uffo2 on 1/31/2016 & rated 95 points: Decanted 1½ hour. My first Montrose and what a start! It is so balanced, intense and complex as it keeps on developing the glass. Very smooth and with a +45 sec lenght. Was overrun by Pontet-Canet 2000 on the night, but perhaps it will be even better in 5-10 years. Buy it and bury it in the cellar. (623 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 1/29/2016 & rated 97 points: This 16 year old Bordeaux from St Estephe is fully mature. I tasted it at 14 and it still had some youth about it then. Now, the colour has mellowed from ruby to mahogany still retaining an inky core. The bouquet has several layers with a bottom note of earth,forest floor and decayed wood. There is a top note of violets and roses. There are spices like cinnamon.There is a hint of youthful blackcurrant. The palate is fullbodied which is not surprising as 2000 was one if the greatest vintages in Bordeaux. Well balanced and elegant. Art, history and nature in a glass. (606 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/22/2016 & rated 96 points: This is a super wine and vintage of Montrose that keeps improving with age. We should all age this well. Still young, the wine retains a depth of color. The perfume, with its black fruit, cigar box, spice and forest floor nose grabs. On the palate, the dense, powerful wine is even better with a concentrated blast of ripe, dark berries, ripe tannins and sweet cassis in the end note. This beauty is good now and will be even better in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years! If you like Montrose, or just great Bordeaux, this is worth laying a few bottles down in your cellar. (1428 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 1/17/2016 & rated 90 points: My friend Loek made a very nice selection of four Bordeaux wines from the 2000 Vintage: Labegorce-Zédé, Langoa-Barton, Carruades de Lafite and Montrose. The fourth wine in this little flight was this Montrose.
The wine (this bottle!) showed more age than the Langoa and Carruades, smoky (as the other 2000s) juicy, but missing the complexity I notice normally (see my previous notes), maybe not wholly representative. (1163 views)
 Tasted by steinersing on 12/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Develps with a glacial pace - stillvery early and tannic, but seems a fine example (2288 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/7/2015 & rated 95 points: Weekly tasting group; St. Estephe (The Judge): Still much too young, but great to taste this wine again! In the bouquet still lactic cherries and dark berries, some chocolate and beautiful, perfectly integrated oak. On the palate creamy red and dark forest fruits, still very primary, some bell pepper and herbs and spices, good and firm acidity and round tannin with still a firm bite and a great length. Overall a great and still extremely youthful, lush and round wine with some pleasant sweet impressions. Probably wise to wait until at least 2025, because this wine really develops very slowly. 95+ (2549 views)
 Tasted by wcchang on 11/29/2015 & rated 95 points: Excellent nose right after opened. Very enjoyable earthy note with rocks, dark fruits and spices. Profound and well balanced. Body was thin in the beginning, as well as a short finish. Tannis is smooth right from the start. It evolves well after 45mins in the bottle. Nice medium to full body. It hits all corners of my palates with an elegant balance, but the balance didn't maintain well after 1.5 hours. Nose continues to improve though. Very subtle structure. Good 45 secs finish. You can argue that it lacks a knock out character, but it is still a very enjoyable wine on a special occasion. I remembered someone wrote it's like a nice piece of Baroque music. Indeed, nice and gentle, if you are not expecting a climax. (2455 views)
 Tasted by COMUS-ONE on 11/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Not much on the nose, closed and astringent at the moment. Tough to get a good read on tonight. Tight and tart with some red cedar and cranberry. Really love Montrose but this wine isn't in a great place right now. Hopefully this will open up soon. (2225 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 11/5/2015 & rated 94 points: WCC Blind Tasting of Chateau Musar and Chateau Montrose (Salty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NY): [Double decanted for two hours the previous evening.] Tannic and luscious. This must be the youngest wine of the evening by quite a bit. We have traveled a long way from Flight 1! (2773 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 10/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): One of the most earth-driven wines today. Lots of dust and a slight barnyard funk. Also one of the darker 2000s, though this had really good acidity to it. Quite masculine, this has a definite beefiness about it. (2750 views)
 Tasted by felixp on 10/13/2015 & rated 90 points: everything in the right place, but simply lacks any sort of excitement. Good length, full bodied, nice precision and focus, but pretty much your standard left-bank offering. Certainly disappointing, especially when compared to the greats like 89 and 09. Could use another five years, maybe adding complexity, but will never be a great wine. (2552 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 9/13/2015 & rated 93 points: During a tasting. Ex Chateau bottle. Decanted for 2h. Dark ruby. Nose of earth, pine tree, dark fruit. Medium bodied on the palate, still a bit charmeless to me with tannins that need softening. Not nearly as exciting as the 2009 and 2010. (3005 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 9/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Montrose dinner (Singapore): Best wine at the tasting. Garnet, pencil lead, dark fruit, a touch of vanilla remains to be integrated, cleaner than the 1990. Still a touch closed when drinking on its own but great with food. (2827 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 8/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Wine-Septet meeting hosted by Hanan (Herbert Samuel restaurant): dark opaque red-purple
quality tertiary aromas of black fruits, dusty/earthy/leathery aromas with notes of blackcurrant & raspberry plus cedar hint
rich delicate palate of CS fruit with intense blackcurrant & red fruits flavours, light spice, earthy & licorice tones. full bodied, dry firm tannins, still young but already in its best period. Well balanced.
medium+ finish. classic. (3137 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 8/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Arriving at Loek's 'Mas' there was still a drup of a Montrose 2000 (opened two days before). A severe wine, close to rubbery in the start, but also showing a glimp of ripeness in the aftertaste . I have to become old to taste this wine in full maturity. (2783 views)
 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. (2968 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. (3450 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 5/10/2015 & rated 96 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! (3400 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. (3696 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. (3228 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. (3695 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. (3425 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 (4037 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. (3749 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. (3892 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/25/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/18/2010)
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, 2000 Bordeaux (12/1/2007)
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JancisRobinson.com (5/25/2006)
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, The New York Tasting of 2005 (10/2/2005)
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JancisRobinson.com (9/20/2005)
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Vintage Tastings, Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai (9/19/2005)
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JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2003)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
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Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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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 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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History of Bordeaux

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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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