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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 154 
ProducerChâteau Montrose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe
UPC Code(s)400009798807

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2024 (based on 50 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 146 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SimonS on 7/12/2015 & rated 93 points: First bottle from this case was stripped - I guess lightly corked. This 2nd was much better. Just starting to drink, lovely black currants and berries, good purity, tannins still in evidence, but fine. (652 views)
 Tasted by liber on 6/28/2015 & rated 93 points: 2nd of 24, decanted an hour, as note of November 14 with earth/hot brick notes more evident, again impressive depth of fruit, long life ahead. Fine plus (18/20). (968 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 5/18/2015 & rated 89 points: I appear to be in the minority here but to me this wine is out of balance with too much acid and too little fruit. Loads of graphite and some earthiness and spice. Day two about like day one. (1932 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 5/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Still quite tannin though very expressive. Expressive nose of pencil, mocha, smoke and game. Palate is quite fine and narrow, with a dark plummy character. Moderate leathery finish with a little funk. Still needs a little time to integrate the wood notes, but otherwise the fruit is showing some early maturity. Should be a good, not great Montrose that will start to drink well soon. (1805 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 5/3/2015 & rated 93 points: 31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: Lots of power here as well. Montrose must have handled the 2001 in an admirable way because the fruit is just perfectly ripe. Quite big acid, linear wine. However, the complexity is not there (yet). Drinkable, but better to wait 10-20 years. (2080 views)
 Tasted by Ericsson on 4/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Bordal chez RPB (Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Lafite...) (Vessy): Après la série double aveugle, nous avons encore bu cette bouteille, après passage en carafe.
Jolie couleur groseille foncé, brillant. Nez sur les arômes de cassis, de havane. Belle bouche avec beaucoup de matière, dense.
La finale est longue avec des tanins encore râpeux, signe que le vin n'est pas encore tout à fait prêt. Lui donner 3 à 5 ans. (1896 views)
 Tasted by Cheungtp on 3/22/2015 & rated 93 points: The dark purple profile tells you that this gem is still young, but it's really drinking quite nicely now. With 1+ hours decant, aromatics of gravel, cassis, floral, cedar and cigar wrapper came out sweetly. Medium body, rich palate with dark fruits and forest notes. Not the grandest Montrose you'd expect, but the beautiful blend of elegance and masculinity will leave you satisfied. A real nice Bordeaux, and it certainly will improve some more with additional time in the cellar. (2192 views)
 Tasted by thebonnydooner on 2/27/2015 & rated 92 points: The Wine Night at Bellevue Wine Storage - Part 1 (Bellevue, WA): Fresh and tasty bordeaux that unfortunately was blown away by the richer and riper wines of the evening. This is still showing quite a bit of tannin along with fresh currant acidity. Overall a nice complex bottle of Bordeaux that probably needs another 5 years. (2315 views)
 Tasted by Ivin on 2/26/2015 & rated 89 points: 2 hour decant. Never really opened up. Very lean and acidic. No charm whereas 2002 Sociando Mallet last night was delightful in its restrained richness. (2067 views)
 Tasted by leecon on 1/16/2015: Still quite restrained, nice structure, gravel, leather, coffee, nice sweet blackcurrant, a little thin finish. Decanted and left for a couple hours. I guess would develop more with time but not one that seemed particularly built for the long run (2525 views)
 Tasted by ecrogers on 12/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Never been dispointed with Montrose! Probably one of the best wines on the market and personnaly find it better than Cos d'Estournel... The nose is reconizable to the estate, the tannins are balanced and finale is up to it's expectation. Surprisingly, I believe it's not yet at it's peak and should be a real bomb in the next 3-4 years! Just Love Montrose (2772 views)
 Tasted by fhmesq on 12/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Stereotypical Bordeaux, loaded with earth, tobacco, leather. Took a couple hours to really open up and definitely not past its peak. Probably not even at it. Last glass had a nice bit of chocolate on the finish as well. Nicely balanced. Will wait a couple years before trying again. (2958 views)
 Tasted by liber on 11/24/2014 & rated 93 points: 1st of 24, decanted 3 hours, perfect fill - deepish garnet, purple rim; primary, blackcurrant, dark plums, touch of graphite and earth, fresh not baked; fullish, long and complex, high quality, complexity developing as opened in glass, lovely balance and energy of fruit largely hiding not quite resolved fine grain tannins, a baby yet. Should merit higher than current fine plus (18/20). (2647 views)
 Tasted by Ianjaig on 10/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Decanted for an hour. Nose was relatively closed and whilst displaying some nice secondary flavours, I was somewhat underwhelmed by this (and therefore disappointed). Would have preferred to have opened this when younger. (2453 views)
 Tasted by MikeATL on 10/25/2014 & rated 92 points: 2001 Bordeaux plus Rhones, Burgs and More: More approachable than I expected, with plenty of dark fruit, anise, and a little earthiness and ample, but well-integrated tannin. (3039 views)
 Tasted by spillwine on 9/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Décanté 2 heures, délicieux jus de fruit, peu de puissance (2683 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 8/12/2014: From half bottle from a single batch so with all the question marks that come along.
Definitely not a pnp wine. Needed like 1.5hrs to develop, shed the acidic side and show a good nose. Still the palate remained sharp and difficult and this was not the wine we expected. We hope its a bottle issue as we do have a full on case sleeping IB somewhere near Basingstoke... no rating today. (3369 views)
 Tasted by BABLUES on 7/2/2014 & rated 97 points: Judgement of Chicago (Nomi): Tasted blind. Nose was clean, with a little metal and black licorice. Flavors were very similar to the Heitz, though a little more acidic than the others. By far the best French wine of the tasting. (3399 views)
 Tasted by rjbr on 5/29/2014 & rated 93 points: drank it together with a 1995 Calon Segur , this one seemed more rounded and ready to drink (3268 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 3/6/2014: tannic beast....still incredibly dark and dense...not a ton on the nose. Decanted and with that some fruit and elements beyond cedar start to emerge...would have thought even Montrose would be more open given age and vintage...need to open this early next time to see (4259 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Un nez complexe, cèdre, poivron rouge, tomates séchées, ketchup.
Un vin encore jeune, mais ouvert, viril, il s'affiche plus en structure que sur le fruit. Un vin qui se révèle pleinement à table, noble et imposant, droit, la finale surprend par sa finesse. Il n'est pas charmeur mais montre une belle profondeur. 91 pts (4599 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/11/2014: Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Black, fleshy fruit with firm tannic structure that was somewhat unwelcoming today. Lots of power matched with lots of tannins. Needs lots of time. Probably not a Bordeaux for me. (4078 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 1/1/2014 & rated 91 points: 30 minute decant and then followed over at least 4 hours - very little change during that time. The nose is amazing. The palate is slightly austere but friendlier than many Bordeaux. Like many, it is intellectually satisfying but not very tasty. (3753 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/31/2013 & rated 93 points: New Years Eve Celebration Offline (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark purple color. Decanted for 45 minutes. Drank 2 glasses over 3 hours. This has a great nose that mesmerizes you with the first whiff. There is ample floral perfume, with cedar box, crème de cassis, boysenberry and leather. The palate is quite nice too, medium full body, elegant, cassis, dark berries, graphite, cigar box, and minerals. The tannins seem round and integrated already. I thought this showed very, very well with the nose being the star, and a palate that that is quite good too. Classic Bordeaux. I think this has probably hit its stride, though it may improve somewhat. 92+pts to 93pts. (2982 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 12/31/2013 & rated 93 points: New Years 2013 at Kevin's (Minneapolis, MN): Outstanding showing with funk, raspberries, forest floor, gravel and coffee beans. The nose was a top five of 2013. Palate while not as good added a cigar component and had a medium finish. Should age five plus years but honestly why wait when it is this good now. (3516 views)
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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

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


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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