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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 334 
ProducerChâteau Montrose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2012 (based on 11 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 31 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by chefdilletante on 11/11/2015: Mess of a year, hell of a wine. This is as good as it's going to get. Bouquet meets you as soon as the cork is pulled, and maintains after decanting. Fully resolved tannins. It's elegant, svelte and lithe; and a complete delight. (641 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 7/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Une petite bouteille à déguster tranquillement avec les gnocchis maison à la roquette/ricotta et zeste de citron avec mozz di buffala,tomate cerise et huile de basilic.
Un nez superbe qui annonce un Bordeaux avec une belle fraicheur.
J'aime de plus en plus les vieux Bordeaux avec une teneur en alcool moindre que maintenant.
Plus accessible à mon avis..
Beaucoup de fruits compotés rouge, tabac blond, un petit boisé à peine goûté.
Côté 89.9 sur CT ?? Nann...beaucoup mieux que ça à mon avis.
93 et il est sur son plateau...pente à peine descendante..
Ne pas se priver de le boire maintenant plus frais que chaud !!! (1119 views)
 Tasted by Benj on 12/21/2014 & rated 89 points: Last tasted 6 years ago. Looking back on my note it looks pretty consistent with my new note. Major changes: (1) the nose now has much more lacquered wood, some noticeable graphite and also - sadly - some alcohol coming through; (2) my comment back then about muted tannins seems strange because there's plenty of tannin to keep this going. Unfortunately I'm not sure the depth of fruit will keep going for much longer. Still very pleasurable, but I have to agree with other reviewers that the palate is on the light and short side (and on the decline). Despite still having a delightful nose, this wine's best years are behind it. 13%, $55 back in the day at Trader Joe's. (1753 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 11/7/2014: A great maturing Bdx nose on this, old school with currant, tobacco, pepper, soil, cedar. On the palate it still has plenty of life and round fruit, and it holds up well over the course of the night. More about the nose than the palate, I suppose, but it gives a lot of pleasure and was actually one of the best wines of the night. Holds its ground. (2076 views)
 Tasted by andrewdl on 12/30/2012: Fairly flat. Good start but tough finish. (4668 views)
 Tasted by monahanchris on 12/16/2011 & rated 91 points: Stood two days, decanted off the sediment for an hour. Slight bricking. The nose was powerful even before pouring from the bottle. Cedar, tobacco, and earth. Delicious and layered flavors, more cedar, earth, and some dark fruits. Nice tannin for its age and supposed drinking window. Probably has life yet. Finish was medium length. Very enjoyable wine. (5965 views)
 Tasted by Andice on 10/9/2011 & rated 90 points: A supposedly diluted vintage in Bordeaux, but boy did the oenologist overcome the odds w great winemaking. Light orange brick colour indicative of age. Silky entry that builds up into a surprisingly powerful mid-palate. Substantial, assertive and weighty, but all in a classy sort of way. Traditional style w touch of austerity. Still v tannic w lots of life left in it. V fine tannins, almost powdery sendiments. Even after more than a decade of bottle age, still v forceful and impressive. Indeed the 'Latour of St Estephe' (9.0/10). http://sgbordeaux.blogspot.com/2011/08/montrose-1997.html (5381 views)
 Tasted by Svinvan on 8/25/2011 & rated 93 points: Gedronken met Papa en Mama thuis. Super lekker! (5314 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 10/14/2009 & rated 85 points: Canadian Tbone meets montrose; 10/13/2009-10/15/2009: Immediately , the nose showed nice aged claret aromas . Barnyardish, slighlty peppery, some capsicums and lots of leather with hot minerality and hot stones topped up with good exotic fruits. Lovely ready palate with rainy day berries and hints of cigarette ash. Very consistent wine that has quite a lasting finish . (6543 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 4/19/2009 & rated 89 points: Nose: Wet hay that blew off, cassis, licorice, smoky, yeasty, pencil shaving
Mouth: bit subdued after the nose, blackcurrant, wonderful rich coffee mid, long mouth filling finish. Nicely balanced.
Had this with roast rib of beef and it went just fine. Not the best Bordeaux I've had but okay none the less. (4626 views)
 Tasted by ThMeyer on 2/22/2009 & rated 90 points: nose that has concentrated fruit but also some tobacco leaves and sweaty socks. Concentrated palate with still strong but fine tannins - we all liked it. (4444 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/8/2009 & rated 87 points: White pepper and smoky bouquet with toasted oak. So far so good. But this was about it. The wine is juicy alright and certainly interesting, but there is too much acidity and a drying finish. This will never be great. The bouquet saved the score. (4571 views)
 Tasted by Benj on 12/23/2008 & rated 90 points: This wine was better than I was expecting it to be. It's definitely ready to drink now; I can't say how much longer it'll last but I think the drinking window given here on CT is probably pretty good. Loads of cassis on the nose, with blackberries and spice, a little wood (actual wood smells) and grape-flavoured sweets. The palate is significantly lighter than the nose and is a little disappointing in comparison, but is still decent, with fruit and spice, particularly sour cherry and cinnamon. Fruit comes through more on the front, spice on the back giving a nice warm medium-length finish. Tannins are very muted now, definitely ready to drink. The mid-palate is pretty empty and overall the wine is a little thin / lacks density but it smells and tastes great so you've gotta give it credit for that! . For the price, however, this has got to be a pass. (4485 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 11/2/2008 & rated 83 points: Crystal French Wine Sale (Bordeaux) (Crystal Wines): The most green capsicums I have smelt among the wines of the tasting. Also has cat's pee and smoky cherries. Lightish palate that is with decent fruit and length but not all that impressionable. (4967 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 6/22/2008 & rated 90 points: big complex nose but short finish, filled out a bit with air, good but not great (4549 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 3/26/2008: Deep red. Lots of cassis and mint with some smoked meat notes. Really tasy. I lost my focus while tasting this one but must have loved it because it disapeared real fast. (4617 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 11/27/2002 & rated 89 points: Reddish/Purple color. The fruit was on the bitter side. Notes of cassis and licorice and not as deep as many of the other wines. Medium bodied. 88-89 points. (5167 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/30/2005)
(Ch Montrose St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
(Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
(Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2003
(Chateau Montrose St Estèphe) A dark, mature colour. On the nose this wine is inky, dull, fairly closed. On the palate it has a rounded texture, with somewhat sweet fruit, and good balance. Fresh, cleansing acidity. Some tannins and a little length. After tasting the remaining wines it becomes apparent that this is one of the better wines of the tasting.  15.5 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.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

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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