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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 154 
ProducerChâteau Montrose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe
UPC Code(s)3258691277783, 3448821104069

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2018 and 2037 (based on 79 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.1 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 82 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BenBlu on 7/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Had a glass for lunch next to Leoville Poyferre 2005. I had a clear preference for the latter (which I rated 95). However, the Montrose is certainly a fantastic wine but it feels that this one will really benefit from another 5-10 years before you get rewarded. It feels a bit (too) reserved and diplomatic right now - compared to the Poyferre the fruit was barely noticeable. Although a good wine I really hope this one improves with age as I have almost 2 cases left. Time will tell... I have a half bottle left of this one as I accessed via Coravin - I will look to give the remaining bottle a healthy decant of 5 hours + (for this tasting it was pop and pour and left in glass for half an hour). . (1458 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 96 points: A big, juicy, mineral driven, blackberry filled, tobacco, smoke, cigar box, Asian spice, Cuban cigar and cassis filled perfume lets you know you’re not in OZ anymore. This is concentrated, full bodied, powerful, rich, intense and very tannic. Yet, the tannins are so ripe, there is so much rich fruit, the wine can be enjoyed today if you like a primary drinking experience. It’s lush, mouth filling, regal and refined. (2368 views)
 Tasted by MAXIMUM SATISFACTION on 5/30/2015 & rated 95 points: A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and a bit of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot shows excellent complexity and also massive tannins. Very rustic nose and palate (reminds me of an obscure Languedoc). Medium body with notes of barnyard, lead, raspberry, eucalyptus, chocolate covered blueberries, and minerals. A 5 hour decant only hinted at this wines future potential.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/120328575364 (3043 views)
 Tasted by RajivAyyangar on 5/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Bordeaux Confidential SF (SF): decanted 3 hours in advance)
54% cab 46% merlot
Star-bright gorgeous ruby-red in the glass.
On the nose, bretty, and a bit of lambic character (some refermentation in the bottle?).
On the palate, undeniably great balance. Alcohol is only 13.2% but feels a bit more elevated. It makes sense to me that this is dominated by cabernet - it’s ripe, it’s full, but with less of the fur coat of Merlot.
Less plummy, dominated by tart dark cherry. But still a bit plush. Oak isn’t apparent to me. Good structure, aggressive tannins, ripe fruit.
Score: Around 9. (3306 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 5/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux Confidential USA, nose of cigar box, black currants, mocha, and allspice, more of the same on the palate, big body, mouth coating fruit, just lovely, at it's best with a minimum decant to promote the bouquet, almost elegant, great complexity, long, long finish and flavorful aftertaste. (1606 views)
 Tasted by Phenol73 on 5/16/2015 & rated 96 points: (Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: My wine of the event. It is all here! The bouquet just fills the glass and is revealing a complete panoply of flavours. Very sweet & ripe tannins, balanced with incredible earth, minerals and clay, forest, mushroom, lifted aromatic herbs, flowers, a hint of mint. Exceptional. (3282 views)
 Tasted by dchain on 5/14/2015 & rated 95 points: Way more impressive than the 2009 had at the same lunch, much more approachable but after all is a Montrose and their wines take so long to come around! Beautiful ruby with a very delicate perfume of ripe heathy Cassis fruit. Lovely mouthfeel and balance, great length and flavour. Sell 2009 to buy this better vintage! (2824 views)
 Tasted by JJA on 5/14/2015 & rated 95 points: Tasted at the Zachys Bordeaux Confidential tasting on 5/14/15. This was one of the best reds I tasted that evening. Cherries, mushrooms. Medium-bodied, well integrated and long, chewy finish. Terrific. (3319 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 5/10/2015 & rated 98 points: The 2005 Montrose is a young classic from this great property. The nose is still properly primary and reserved, with fresh, perfectly ripe blackcurrant fruit, graphite, rich soil tones, hints of cigar ash and a nice framing of cedary new oak. Dense, deep, concentrated and very pure, this wine is savoury and structured—an archetypically masculine Montrose that is surely destined to emerge as a benchmark in the decades to come. (2656 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Mini vertical of 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012. More detail to the nose than the 2010. Spices, tobacco, liquorice and smoke. A bit more approachable on the palate as well, still quite firm and grippy, but no hard edges. Great structure, fresh and powerful, quite savoury with great length. Needs time. 93-94+ (2747 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 5/3/2015 & rated 96 points: 31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: Big, complex smell, dark berries. This turned out to be surprisingly open for a ’05, wonderfully balanced, intense and long. Big ball of fruit, yet elegant. Will become even more glorious. (2910 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 4/24/2015 & rated 96 points: Commanderie de Bordeaux dinner. Dark ruby. Discrete nose of spices, dark fruit with some foresty spicy tone, brooding and complex. On the palate medium bodied "only" which may surprise you given the vintage but and with still gripping tannins. Ripe fruit while keeping a medium body with excellent balance and freshness really is the hallmark of the 2005 vintage. Consistent to my last tasting note, open this from 2020 onwards. (2720 views)
 Tasted by BenBlu on 3/26/2015: Tasted single blind. From the nose I had this down as St Estephe. It was in a line up with one other St Estephe and some other from St Julien. From coravin after half an hour in glass I noted shy on the nose a bit medicinal, on palate berries, mainly red, and a hint of vanilla. I guessed this to be the Cos 2006, which in this instance was better. After half an hour additional time in glass I noted improving. I withhold rating as I think this unlike the Cos 06 needs decanting, serious decanting, 3-5 hours I reckon, or wait another 10 years, these 2005s are just not ready yet. (3414 views)
 Tasted by Dobi77 on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Blyantspiss, kirsebær, plommer. Litt varm rødfrukt. Slank, syrlig og livlig, og flott intensitet og en fin lengde. (3162 views)
 Tasted by hman888 on 3/12/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for three hours before pouring. I knew this was still young but wanted to see how it tasted at the ten year point. Deep dark purple, color consistent with it being very young still. Nose was big, with a ton of dark fruit, particularly dark cherries and blackberries. Palate was a combination of very big fruit, but larger than life tannins. This wine could age for a lot longer, the tannins are very grippy. Whenever the glass was empty we could smell barnyard, which would be overtaken by fruit if we poured more into the glass.

This is a bold wine with serious length. Plenty of fruit that will persist as the tannins gradually resolve. We will open the next bottle of this in 2-3 years to see how it develops. (3530 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/12/2015 & rated 95 points: Dark fruit, some minerality on the nose, also showing spices and graphite. Grippy and pretty firm on the palate, backward, powerful tannins, again mineral, great structure, very long. Needs time, but lots of potential. 94-95+ (3656 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/12/2015 & rated 93 points: 2005 Red Bordeaux with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Dark red in colour. Glossy. Young wine, but its opening up. Mineral, rich fruit and show very nicely even at this very very young stage. Light spice.
Classy and elegant wine very similar to Cos albeit a touch more linear at this stage than the more giving Cos. No oak feel. Give this beauty time, 5yrs minimum or 10 better. 93 for now but watch the numbers grow with time. (4278 views)
 Tasted by PanosKakaviatos on 1/29/2015 & rated 95 points: Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): A more substantial palate, tasted after Calon Segur. Focused. with ripe, high tannin, pronounced flavors and aromas of red and black fruit, and power and structure on the full bodied and long finishing palate. This is built to last and a top wine from 2005. Not quite as wow like as LLC, but in that ballpark. (4716 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/30/2014 & rated 86 points: Tight as a drum but started to open up after a few hours. Time will tell if this will rival the 2009. Fruit is there but too much structure for now. Maybe time will mellow it out. (4074 views)
 Tasted by Indran Rajendra on 12/24/2014 & rated 98 points: You will be shaking every drop from the glass with this one. It has an opaque core and on the meniscus, at 9 years old, is a hint of mauve suggesting slow ageing and exceptional cellaring. After an hour in the decanter the nose was fully open offering up roses,gravel and a core of black cherries, blackcurrant and raspberries. I must admit to a having a life long preference for this "cusp of maturity" in Bordeaux. The palate was solid, full bodied and elegant. A masculine wine. The tannins were huge but unobtrusive.There was great intensity of fruit perhaps not surprising in this drought year. The length was also exceptional. Coravin first pour. 16 degrees C. Riedel Bordeaux glasses. Delicious. Parker in a tasting this year gives it 96 with a window of 2014 to 2064! The cork was pulled 3 days later at Tetsuya's with the same impressions as above. (3870 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 12/24/2014 flawed bottle: The cork was half soaked and totally dry. It collapsed on recorking. The wine was oxidized. (3820 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 11/30/2014 & rated 95 points: Huge, tannic brooding wine with fantastic concentration - this needs more time. Red and black fruits, minerals, graphite and touch of cedar. Long long finish. (4392 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 11/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Complex nose, forest floor, big tannins but also generous fruit, long finish. This is accessible but really needs much more time. 94+ (4191 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 11/28/2014 & rated 95 points: Taste during a Wine advocate event - A matter of taste. Dark purple. Discrete but complex nose of wet forest floor, some barnyard notes with dark fruit and earth, similar to a Latour. Medium-full bodied with gripping but ripe tannins, excellent length and good balance. Decant for 2h if you plan to drink it or wait until 2020. Similar to the 2010 in style but not as silky and precise. (3548 views)
 Tasted by Nicholas81 on 11/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Dark, big and brooding. Quite closed at this point of time. Suggest holding any bottles for some while before opening. Very good potential for the future. (3442 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Montrose (St Estèphe)) A fine opportunity here to taste this, as I have some in the cellar. The aromatic profile consists of a very rich but well-honed presence of fruit, clearly very youthful, but pleasingly still open to assessment even though we are now at five years of age. On the palate the fruit has an intense but still very primary character, well polished despite its youth. Having had such attractive aromatics lull me into a false sense of security, the palate is more as I would expect at this moment, showing all substance and structure and no pleasure at the moment. The texture has a great, polished style, very firm and composed, bitter almost, with firm and ripe tannins which are actually very well hidden, together with an appropriate seam of acidity. Very savoury, restrained, masculine and in need of time. Perhaps a couple of decades, or maybe more, will do it?  18.5+ points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Bordeaux Horizontals (5/11/2009)
(Montrose) The 2005 Montrose had a bigger nose with much more fruit. It was concentrated and rich with big, buttery flavors, coffee again and some toast while Alexander The Great noted ‘bitters.’ Despite its bigness, it maintained elegance and had softness. Although its tannins were long, they were fine (94).  94 points
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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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