2009 Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe

SKU #1084423 94 points James Suckling

 Deep aromas of blueberries, spices, fresh chanterelles, and grapes follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a spicy finish. Intense and structured. Second wine of Montrose. Try after 2018.  (2/2012)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. The wine feels very soft, with sweet spice and light tannins. It is packed with blackberry fruits, although there is a sold, firm structure under the ripe fruit.  (3/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Over the last twenty years, Montrose's second wine, La Dame de Montrose has been an excellent buy. The 2009 La Dame de Montrose (almost all Merlot with a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon) is a seductive, succulent effort revealing silky tannins, abundant blueberry and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of damp earth, truffles and camphor, and an appealing, luscious personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.  (2/2012)

89-90 points John Gilman

 What Jean Delmas and his team have accomplished at Montrose in 2009 is monumental, as these are the most classically balanced and seriously structured wines to emerge from this property in many decades, and both wines here clearly throw down the gauntlet to those who would change Bordeaux’s classic style of long-aging wines of terroir and youthful structure. The Dame de Montrose is primarily merlot in 2009, as little was used in the grand vin this year. The nose is deep and utterly superb, as it offers up scents of perfectly ripe black raspberries, cassis, French roast, tobacco smoke, gravel and a deft touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush on the attack (from the higher than normal percentage of merlot in the blend no doubt), with a rock solid core of fruit, impeccable focus, firm tannins and excellent length and grip on the nicely reserved finish. Like the Forts de Latour from Château Latour this year, the Dame de Montrose will demand some extended cellaring time before it really starts to hit on all cylinders. Impressive second wine! (Drink between 2018-2040) 89-90+ points  (4/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A frank austerity frames the dark fig and plum sauce notes, with tangy chalk and sanguine notes rippling through the finish. Not expansive, but concentrated, well balanced and with solid typicity. Best from 2013 through 2024.  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Great dark purplish crimson. Low-key nose suggests great concentration and possible hidden depths. Ripe Cabernet aromas. Then dry well-judged tannins. Very appetising and superior. Bone-dry finish. One of the more youthful St-Estèphes. 17+/20 points. Drink 2018-2034. (JR)  (1/2013)

K&L Notes

2nd wine of Chateau Montrose. Chateau Montrose is a Second Growth St. Estêphe comprised of 95 hectares in exposed gravel along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6 % Cabernet Franc, 2 % Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend will vary from year to year).

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.