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1961 Château Montrose

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; mid shoulder fill; light label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...huge bouquet of ripe cassis fruit and mineral scents, the full-bodied, dense, compelling richness and length, plus gobs of tannin, all point to a monumental bottle of wine for drinking during the first 20-30 years of the next century.

93Stephen Tanzer

...aromas of smoky red fruits, minerals, olive and bitter chocolate. Flavors are fully mature, but this powerfully structured wine has elevated acidity and grip of steel.

90Wine Spectator

The tight, concentrated aromas grow in the glass. Big, tannic, chewy and young, with excellent fruit and much style.

17Jancis Robinson

***/**Michael Broadbent

...archetypal Montrose, soft yet tannic, velvety yet dry, with wonderful '61 concentration. Sinewy, mouth puckering...

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.