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2005 Château Montrose

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

(Neal Martin's Wine Journal) ...redcurrant, cranberry, limestone, a hint of cedar & graphite all very finely tuned.... a firm masculine structure typical of Montrose with a terse grippy finish, sous-bois lingering beautifully... Superb.

96James Suckling

This continues to be very tight yet I loved drinking it the other night at dinner. Loads of spices, berries, meat, cloves and chocolate on the nose. Full body with soft, silky tannins and lots of rich fruit.

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries.

94Wine Spectator

Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral, lead to a full-bodied palate. Very chewy, with loads of tannins, yet this follows through with beautifully ripe fruit, mineral and mint. Fascinating.

93+ Stephen Tanzer

Very ripe aromas of plum, flint and nutty oak. Large-scaled, rich and explosive...

15Jancis Robinson

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.