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 Vintage1976 Label 1 of 334 
ProducerChâteau Montrose (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1994 and 2007 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Montrose on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 35 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by taiwan on 1/12/2016 & rated 88 points: Dinner with Herve Berland. Not my favorite, bit watery and weak in my opinion. (297 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 5/3/2015 & rated 89 points: 31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: Brownish color, some vegetables, limited concentration. In spite of the green elements, the fruit - strangely enough - has a decent maturity. Good length. (1769 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rayas on 12/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Afternoon session with Sid, JJ, Ham and Lobster post Uncle Tom lunch (Wine Vault): ex chateau bottle recorked in 2000. amazingly fresh and youthful with pleasant notes of spice and tobacco. a very pleasant surprise. (1916 views)
 Tasted by Stylo on 11/13/2014 & rated 90 points: 13.11.2014 vurdert til 90 poeng

Aldring mot kant, noe uklar. På nesen, fine, delikate tertiæraromaer som sjokolade, hint av mynte, toast, i tillegg til modne røde og mørke bær, som solbær. I munnen, middels fylde, glatte, avslepne tanniner, som likevel gir et delikat, tørt gripp. Flott konsentrasjon og lang pluss lengde. Strålende kvalitet. (1794 views)
 Tasted by Wine Trader on 5/8/2014 & rated 90 points: 375ml. Perfect condition. Cork was only about 1cm wet past it's seal and came out with suction. This wine is drinking much better than the 1975. An easy 90 points. Superb 38 years later even from a half bottle. (2558 views)
 Tasted by Raycheng77 on 12/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Condition is good if consider the age. Pale garnet in color, clear, with sediment of course, some legs.

Nose is clean, with some red fruit, dry fruit, dry plum. behind the fruit there are some vanilla, coffee and caramel, afterwards the forest, wet leave, herbs and truffle.

Lovely! But need to drink now as the peak has already passed.. (2811 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 12/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Tasted blind in an older Bordeaux line up. Light red in colour, just beginning to brown. Relatively fresh, lively aromas of raspberry, spice, cherry and cassis. On palate, a relatively sweet entry, followed by good mid palate weight and intensity and ultimately a savoury finish. Some tasters liked this, but I worried about a lack of balance in the acids, the fruit fading and the wine finishing a little short. For me, a nice Bordeaux, but not a great Montrose (Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 10%). 91. (2448 views)
 Tasted by Comte Flaneur on 11/18/2013 & rated 89 points: This is the second time I have tried this wine in less than a week. In the context of the vintage it is a triumph. Most 1976s, if they haven't already fallen off their perches, are about to. The 1976 Montrose by contrast is holding together very well, has an impressive density and grip on the mid-palate and is a pleasure to drink. Compared to more modern vintages of Montrose, it is neither opulent nor long on the finish, but it is nevertheless an enthralling throwback to the old school. (2171 views)
 Tasted by Klugi Wine on 10/4/2013 & rated 82 points: Not quite sure, if this bottle was clean. I had some musky overtones on the bouquet overshadowing the rest what could have been left. Drink up or get better luck... (2237 views)
 Tasted by Ary on 6/28/2013 & rated 89 points: Bordeaux 1990 (semi blind) (Amsterdam Wijn Antiquariaat): Light brick color. A well kept bottle. Stable, milky and herbaceous tones on the nose. Mostly secondary notes on the palate and some fruit notes as rose hip. Drying on the finish. If you're born in 1976 this is probably the wine you want to get. (2143 views)
 Tasted by CManthei on 12/8/2012 & rated 93 points: Had a different experience than a lot of other reviewers... Thought this bottle was excellent. The balance really stood out. Great old world favors of earth, mud, and the farm along with bright red fruits like cherry. Enjoy this soon if you have it!! (2523 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 8/6/2012 & rated 91 points: Casual Wines Session on Monday night (Extra Space, Boon Keng): Dark core with garnet hue. For a 36 yrs old wines it is still quite youthful on appearance. The nose is dominance by graphite, along with deried fruits, pencil lead, mineral and chalk. Again there is plenty of graphite on palate, with other secondary flavours like pencil lead, earth and dried fruits. Still vibrant acidity , soft chewy tannins and end with medium+ finish. (3299 views)
 Tasted by pskard on 3/11/2012 & rated 89 points: Light brick with brown edge. Fully mature with forest floor, mushrooms, wood and some cherries. Slender and elegant body with good acid. The tannins are all gone. Good wine, but lacking a bit in fruit. (3565 views)
 Tasted by VdB on 11/19/2011: Dark ruby with a brief tawny rim. Very dry fruit nose, some tobacco, tar, cassis, black cherry and lots of dry flowers. Very dry palate with smooth tannins, but no astringency, perfectly ripe black and blue fruits. Very elegant, smooth wine; not a powerful blockbuster. Somewhat shorter finish than the nose and palate suggest. Still quite fresh and could have a few more years though probably not many. (3675 views)
 Tasted by SteveG on 9/20/2011 & rated 92 points: Ruby with a brief tawny rim. Nose of tar, cassis, black cherry and lots of dry flowers. Thoroughly dry palate with smooth tannins, but no astringency whatsoever, perfectly ripe black and blue fruits; in this wine the elegance far outpunches the the power. The finish is somewhat modest, but perfectly in keeping with the previous. Still very fresh to my taste, but perhaps fading, a beautiful wine but less substantial than I expected. (3235 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 3/26/2011 & rated 90 points: 4th Saturday Brown Bagger (Rich & Dana's): Crimson color, slight bricking at the edge. Aromas of iron, pencil shavings, currants, sandalwood and forest floor. Full bodied, with slightly chewy tannins. Flavors of dark fruit and currants; slight earthy quality. Guessed 1990 Bordeaux. (3647 views)
 Tasted by astroman on 12/24/2008: Drank during Charlize birthday celebration with family. Nice aged bordeaux with some good freshness, forrest floor, some tobacco. Palate surprising still have some tannins. Beautiful drink and well worth the money paid for it. (4489 views)
 Tasted by BIlgen on 1/22/2008 & rated 88 points: Remarceble bright medium red, no sings of old age
Soft nose, tobaco, soft fruits
Great taste, mature, well developed, not very dominant but long lasting very subtile, more Margaux style (2873 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1997 & rated 90 points: great bottle.

this note is written after the fact to document consumption. (11/2010) i wish i knew then, how long this wine was destined to live. i would have resisted temptation and saved a few bottles until now. (4160 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1996 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (4155 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1995 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (4105 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1994 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (4254 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1993 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (3960 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1992 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (4252 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1991 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (4646 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.


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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