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1996 Château Montrose

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 8564380 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Amount Total
nicfr4 $195 $195
$195
Item Sold Amount Date
I8564380 1 $195 Dec 4, 2022
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RATINGS

94Stephen Tanzer

...Deep aromas of smoky black cherry, black olive, minerals, cedar and game; I was reminded of a Montecristo No. 2. This really presents the full range of young Montrose aromas. Dense, sweet and layered; really reverberates on the palate...

92Wine Spectator

Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and vanilla, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with sweet fruit and silky tannins. Long and caressing. Beautiful now; may improve a bit with age, but why wait?...

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

It is dark ruby/purple color, and aromas of new oak, jammy black currants, smoke, minerals, and new saddle leather. This multi-layered wine is rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a nicely-textured.

17.5Jancis Robinson

...Very developed bouquet that is super correct and pleasing to a classical claret lover. Lovely integrated fruit freshness, vitality. The tannins are dissipated but this is a really nice, fresh wine for now...

PRODUCER

Château Montrose

Château Montrose, a Second Growth Bordeaux, acquired its name in 1778, when Etienne-Theodore Dumoulin bought 200 acres in St.-Estèphe. The site, an elevated ridge, was covered in blooming heather and it inspired its new owner to name it “mount rose,” or Montrose. In the 19th century the estate was bought by the owner of Cos d’Estournel, who eventually sold it to his son-in-law, Louis Charmolue. In 2006 the Charmolue family sold the estate to brothers Martin and Olivier Bouygues, French industrialists with major businesses in construction, telecommunications and media. The Bouygues family brought in key new personnel, most recently Hervé Berland, Chief Executive Officer since 2012. Mélissa Bouygues, wife of Martin Bouygues, is Chairwoman. Since 2006 the new owners have spent lavishly on modernizing the winemaking facilities, completing a state-of-the-art winemaking center that includes solar panels and other energy efficient systems. Montrose has 240 vineyard acres planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Wine Advocate rated the 2009 and 2010 vintages at 100 pts, with Robert M. Parker Jr. calling the 2010 “a fabulous wine.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Estephe

Saint-Estèphe is in the northern Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde River. Although it has no First Growth estates, its five Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Growth châteaux are notable, and, in recent decades, have become favorites with reviewers and consumers. Some reviewers also note that the appellation is today making excellent Cru Bourgeois wines, which frequently offer good value. There are 3,404 acres of vineyards and a variety of soil types, from gravelly soil to soil with significant sand or clay. The two Second Growth Châteaux in St.-Estephe are Cos d’Estournel and Montrose. The Third Growth Calon-Ségur is widely admired. The principal grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.