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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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!
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
Way up there with a nose of abundant flavours and offset against a current near ideal balance of alcohol and acidity that in themselves are a testament to this exceptional this wine is. Fine and distinct tannins that complement rather than detract from the mouthfeel of the wine, and a spiced perfumed mid palate enjoins a long finish. A great vintage for a great Chateau.
If you like truffle with your cigars, you came to right place. From a blend of 65% Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and just a dab of Petit Verdot at 05%, the wine is deep, long and concentrated with the needed structure and ample tannins to age. There is a lot of depth of raw material, but this requires serious time in the cellar to come around and be fun to taste.
Young and full promises, this superbly balanced wine offers a deep, inky, ruby core and fragrant aromas of black currant, cinnamon as well as notes of Indian spice. Berries, chocolatey spice and licorice are the dominant flavors of this full bodied beauty with loads of lush tannins and an oh so unctuously soft texture. The long silky finish does not fail to live up to expectations either. This is a wonderful effort and yet another masterpiece of this epic vintage. It is already drinking exquisitely but won't reach its peak for another three years, where it should stay comfortably for three decades.
Montrose tasting with Herve Berland (HK Wine Vault): Young and likely still in the resting phase, but opened rather nicely and a pleasure to try at the tasting. The dark purple gem opened up with energetic cassis, earth, cedar and mesmerizing note of rose petal, a soothing touch to a wine that's sharp and deep. Excellently balanced palate, rich texture, packed with black cherry, wood, truffle and spice. Structured tannic spine, all elements pointing towards a great wine in the future.
Over dinner. Typical Montrose in early years, with really great nose of red berries, menthol, earth, currant. Palate still quite dry with big rich cherry fruit and smoke. Day 2 still quite tannic, not giving up much. Very classical and powerful, much like the '00 vintage. Will be great, most likely a 95-97 in five years.
Superbe Bordeaux, élégant, intense, costaud, raffiné...impressionnant même. Le nez est sur la terre, le fenouil, les mures et la truffe avec une belle rasade d`épices sucrées. Enn bouche, ample, concentré et puissant, les tannins sont charnus mais bien enrobés et assez granuleux. Un beau fruit mur et corquant avec du graphite et une belle acidité enveloppe complètement le palais. Superbement long et tout simplement délicieux. Sera grandiose dans 5-7 ans!
Like the 2009 roughly 65% CS, 30% merlot. More noticeable berry aromas. This is superb wine. It is not as opulent as the 2009 but is extremely well balanced and very long, rich and powerful. It still needs a long time, but is starting to show a glimpse of its potential.
This is a classical wine! Concentrated bouquet with ripe dark fruits, cedar, spices etc. On the palate concentrated and juicy cassis and other dark fruits. A lot of good acidity and firm tannin which is drying in the finish. Forget about this wine at least until 2020. This will definitely be even greater around 2024+ Score 94++
The most enjoyable wine tasting experiences are usually due to a discovery. It could be a vintage not previously tasted, or a wine could show better and I am forced to rethink my view on that wine. 2005 Montrose tasted last night has me singing me a different tune. Previously, I found the wine impressive, but tannic and masculine. It lacked elegance. That's not my opinion today.
Licorice, earth, truffle, cassis and spice aromas required little effort to bring them out. Full bodied and intensely concentrated, this still tannic wine sported a muscular personality, but it was refined and elegant, in a masculine way. The long, powerful, ripe, round, dense finish remained on our palate for over 40 seconds, This will require decades to mature, but due to the ripeness and finesse of the tannins, fans that cannot wait for full maturity will enjoy an outstanding Bordeaux wine. I prefer 2003 Montrose, but make no mistake, 2005 Montrose is an outstanding Bordeaux wine.
Montose Dinner (89, 90, 95, 96, 99, 00, 01, 05) Plus Others: I expected the worst after the 2000, but this showed surprisingly well. Red fruit and oak on the nose, but enjoyable. More red fruit and oak on the palate, but more like the '01 than the '00. Great texture and nice balance, but with tons of tannin from the mid-palate to the finish. Needs many years, but still showed surprisingly well.
Color is a wonderful claret light red/purple. The nose shows a nice definition of minerality and poise. Lead pencil, touch of dried leather, herbs and dark fruits. The palate shows an old world class with wonderful depth and power but great precision. Drinking wonderfully now despite substantial tannic structure.
rett fra flasken, nydelig opulent og fokusert nese, masse modne og sødmefulle solbær, bly og en fin steinmineralitet. Svært elegant nese. I munnen svært konsentrert, høy syre og kraftige tanniner. Balanseres av flott frukt. Ganske stram vin. Lang. En klar lagrigskandidat. Dekantert 6 timer. Nesen er ganske lik. I munnen flott konsentrert og dyp frukt, masse solbær og mocca. 95p. Det som overrasket meg mest med vinen var hvordan den presterte dag 2. Frukten hadde tørket en del inn. Det kan skyldes at det var lite vin igjen i karaffelen for dette oppleves som en klar lagringskandidat.
Luxurious and creamy bouquet with a lot of luxurious oak and some smoke; very tempting. On the palate black fruits and firm but round tannin which still needs (a lot of) time. A full bodied and great wine with a lot of potential. Wait at least until 2020. 93++
Last tasted about three years ago. Three years ago it was unpleasantly backward and tannic, with almost no fruit. But now the unmistakeable black currant fruit has emerged. A sweet perfume is also there. It's still too young and backward to recommend to drink. But this wine is guaranteed to mature into something special.
Nose is already showing some secondary charecter, mushrooms, red fruits, a little barnyard Palate- Tooth coating tannins, medium red fruit, cherry, high acidity Medium finish I'd give this one 10-15 years in the cellar 94+?
CT Wisconsin Offline 2; 10/5/2012-10/6/2012 (Madison, WI): Fairly reticent nose and palate, ample smooth tannins. This probably has more to show with further aging, but what comes through now is rather generic and unpromising. Still, there is nothing unpleasant here at all. Tasted blind. Group #9 of 10, my #7 of 10.
Cos-Montrose Battle (Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent): Inky, dense and sultry, earthy, great spicebox component, wonderful mystique nose. In the mouth this is very much overdone, lots of make-up. Very tannic, mountains of oak, needs a lot of time. Fantastic nose, brutal palate. 18-18.5/20
Youthful purple with a slightly garnet rim. Vivid nose with evident new oak around black fruit and mint. Dense. Lovely texture with refreshing acidity, fruit purity and firm fine-grained tannins. Fat and fresh. Intense with a bright future. My kind of wine.
dont attempt to open tis bttl unless u hve excess $.its a great bttl but far too young to drnk.tis bttl mite slightly outshine the gruaud larose 00 in time to cm.pls read my gruaud larose 00 tasting notes
Decanted for 3 hours, very youthful purplish dark burgundy color. Exotic nose of tobacco, red earth, cassis and spices. Very soft entry on palate but very tannic, very mineral, not to be touched for another few years as the fruit is subdued by the massive tannins. Very powerful wine but way too young.
Chateau Montrose vertical (Tower Club): Alcohol :: 13% I was surprised how expressive the nose was: the aroma is nothing but exotic and complex: tobacco, sandalwood, smoke meat, leather, creme de cassis, blackcurrant liquor, mushroom and floral at the background. Structured, highly intense and powerful but well delineated and refine. This has superb sappiness on the palate with endless layer of sweet dark fruits, mineral and dry extract all wrapped in an ultra fine package. Massive level of tannin here, but the tannin is chewy, sweet along with firm polished structured that will permit it to continue evolve for the next 2decades. The finish was a little bit tight but offer better juiciness and great length when it opened up more. 94-95
I opened this out of curiousity, just to see how does a top wine from a top vintage taste at such an early stage, given the fact that I have another 3 in my cellar. Very dark, opaq color. Liquorice, ink, graphite and dark berries on the nose. Full bodied, with incredable concentration and extract, very firm but of excellent quality tannins, high acidity and an almost endless aftertaste. At its current stage it tastes more like a wine concentrate than a real wine. Amazing potential, but I do not intend to open the next bottle before at least 5 years. I scored this wine somewhere between its current enjoyability (say 93) and its future potential (say 97). On day 2, the nose was fruitier and the tannins had softened, allowiing the fruit to shine on the palate as well. A majestic pairing with risotto and roast lamb.
Montrose Vertical Tasting 1989 - 2005 (Work in Progress) (Switzerland): Tasted blind: Very dark in color. Nose of leather, berries and dark fruits (plums). The wine still shows quite hard tannins as one would expect from a 2005 of this quality. The wine is concentrated and long, showing wonderful flavors of dark chocolate, dark berries and tar/smoke. At the moment quite backward. I am quite certain that this will be a blockbuster Montrose once it finds its blance/harmony. Still very youthful. Drink 2020 - 2040
Tasted on the 12th April 2011. This wine had incredibly seductive nose of truffles and cocoa powder, strong backbone, powerful attitude, iron strong structure, wonderful balance and mega long finish. A fantastic example of how exceptional this vintage really is!
Monthly Miscellaneous Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Deep ruby. Closed but some creosote and anise-one of those wines where you'd swear that you can actually smell the tannins. Dry but incredible extract and underlying blackberry confit. Long with ripe, round tannins and some perceptible wood which will surely be absorbed over time. Outstanding potential but it must be decades away from maturity. Despite this, it is not too severe to taste and appreciate now, which is quite different than old style St. Estephes.
Deep purple colour with lovely elegant and complex dark fruit and oak nose. Fabulously intense blackcurrant flavour with a hint of liquorice. Tannins present but very smooth. I think in a few more years it will be incredible. One of the most enjoyable bottles of Bordeaux wine I have ever drank.
When opened the wine was medium ruby with a rim wiht purple highlights, the next day if I'm not mistaken the colour deepened dramatically to become almost opaque! Nose is very youthful and of medium intensity with aromas of excellent new oak dominating. Fruit is red, concentrated and there are also sweet spice and floral notes. Very focused and tight. In the mouth it is medium + bodied with ripe silky tannins, vanilla and creamy oaky flavours are supported by ample fruit and both are balanced by quite high acidity. Wine of elegance and finesse at the moment and in no way a monster. Still not even approaching readiness to drink as it is rather tight, focused and oak needs integration, yet it is still a pleasure to drink.
Caramel, spice, black currants, black cherry and tobacco notes make up the nose. Tannic, full bodied and concentrated, as well as tight. Not very expressive in the mouth. This wine is sleeping and needs at least another decade before it beings to open. This is not in the class of the great vintages for Montrose like 89, 90 or 03
Impressively deep purple hue with a ruby rim exhibiting elegance and finesse! Complex nose with meaty, dusty and mineral overtone leading to an outburst of very dark fruit with black currant, blackberry, black cherry aromas adorned by some subtle but noticeable black licorice undertone. First reaction is barn-yard manure coupled with rocky, earthy soil on a vegetable farm. The bouquet shows some vanilla chocolate, cedar, leather and cigar box components. It is a warm, intense and spicy nose overall, which shows the full power and sturdiness of St. Estèphe and this great Château! All of these translate into a full-bodied wine, very rich and viscous on the palate. The attack is tannic but opens up quickly. It's like taking a bitter chocolate bite, followed by an explosion of opulent fruits with lots of black currant, black cherry, ripe plum and licorice. There's bracing acidity and firm tannins on the mid-palate, forming a solid and balanced structure supporting the other nuances. Very long finish and the intense heat persists for almost 20 seconds before the panoply of balanced acidity, licorice, leather, cigar box and layers upon layers of fruit shows up harmoniously. Excellent depth and complexity on the finish! Great longevity: this wine will evolve gracefully in your cellar for years to come. Already accessible with decanting, but best after 2014.
P.S. Caught a bad cold the very next day... couldn't smell just about everything else in the world, but the nose of the wine was still going strong! Amazing intensity!.... then after a week in the bottle (with a stopper on) when I got my smell back, the wine still maintained its structure and vibrant fruit characters. You can of course feel the oxidation, but it was still quite nice!
Score may be impacted by tasting with the humbling 2000 Montrose. Still, a great wine in it's own right. Purple color and a little tight despite 2 hrs+ in the decanter. Great flavors and length, will hold for decade(s).
Opened 18 hours before drinking. I limit the air flows by put the air in plastic bag covered the top of the bottle.
Hints a bit of new technology smell then gone. Typical young and old style of Montrose scent, tannin, less fruit but mild wood, earth, good deep and dramatic. Still plenty of delicate tannin, very good balance, firm structure, firm texture. These elements can hold on for 50-60 years from now. Aftertaste is beautiful, deep, firm but not aggressive, long...long finished. The promising one !!!
Opaque; black as night. Very concentrated blackberry, cassis, earth, but still very tight after a four hour decant. To be expected I suppose. Gripping tannins. I didn't score this one, but I'm sure it'll be beautiful in about twenty years.
What a difference between the Montrose and the Cos, the two stars of St. Estephe. Montrose tends to be less showy, less velvety when young, but more brooding. This was a case in point, at least from barrel. The first impression was of tannic bite, but then I realized the sheer power of this wine with a focus not unlike that of the Latour. With 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Merlot (plus a bit of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot), this wine showed backbone. It will certainly turn out to be something special after its barrel aging. Not quite as refined as the Cos.