2009 Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).