Red

1996 Château Montrose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 332

  • vintage_whine wrote:

    October 10, 2021 - Short finish, very little evolution. Still very much alive, with the development of dirt, roots and bark, but hasn’t really evolved to become anything greater than it was in youth. Perhaps the vintage is simply a perfect 50+ year agability and we have committed infanticide, the ‘96 lafite certainly suggests the same. But it’s simple despite its promise of greater development

  • MC wrote:

    September 5, 2021 - Splash decanted an hour before dinner. This was the WOTN and really singing. Ripe blue fruits, great balance, long and expansive finish with the tannins fully resolved. In a perfect spot right now. A

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rralls wrote: 95 points

    July 24, 2021 - This was really good tonight.

    1 person found this helpful Comments (1)
  • William Kelley Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 3, 2021 - When there's brettanomyces in the bottle, you never know what you're going to get; and this bottle of the 1996 Château Montrose, a wine I hadn't drunk for several years, showed a bit too much brett for my palate (bottles I've drunk in Europe have tended to be cleaner). Rich aromas of smoked meats, bandaid, cigar ash and loamy soil dominate the wine's dark fruit tones, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and impressively broad, ample, lower-acid palate in this often tightly wound vintage. There's a great wine in here trying to get out, and I have had great bottles in the past, but this example was just a bit compromised.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Francophile1 Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 28, 2021 - This wine is finally in its sweet spot right now. Fully mature with an incredible Bordeaux nose that is actually more Pauillac in style than St Estephe. Utterly delicious demonstrating the strength of ‘96 Cabernet dominated left bank wines at age 25. Yum!

    1 person found this helpful Comments (3)
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  • By Jancis Robinson
    7/15/2015 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005

    (Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Montrose
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe
  • UPC Codes 0400006550354, 087000327122, 3419466162523

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  • Pending Delivery 67 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,196 (70%)
  • Consumed 2,171 (29%)

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