2008 Montrose, St-Estèphe
The purity and precision in this wine is very exciting. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long finish of currant and spice. Black tea and bark too. Better in 2020 but beautiful now. Decant before serving.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare which is slightly less than the 2010's 45 hectoliters per hectare. Forget it for 5-8 years and drink it over the following 20+. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* Powerful yet still retaining a sense of restrained style, this wine is packed with ripe plum and sweet berry fruit flavors, laced with firm, dusty tannins. Acidity filters through the dense texture to give great freshness. (RV)
This has a density that sets it apart, with a pleasantly firm edge to the plum, black cherry and currant fruit, all wrapped with notes of iron, tobacco and savory herb. The long, rock-solid finish is still a bit tight, but it should meld nicely in the cellar. A fine effort for the vintage. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Fresh black fruits and licorice on the nose. Juicy and penetrating, with excellent focus and purity to the flavors of blueberry, blackberry and minerals. Tightly wound and very firm on the aftertaste, with suave tannins and excellent length. An excellent Montrose with a modern touch. (ST)
Fragrant, expressive Cabernet aroma. Full, round harmonious palate with chunky expression. Has a nice lift of spice, integrated tannins and lots of extract.
Chateau Montrose is a classified Second Growth Bordeaux estate in St-Estêphe, the most northerly commune in the Médoc on the "Left Bank" of the Gironde Estuary. It encompasses 95 hectares in exposed gravel and sand, with a subsoil of clay and marl, along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend of the wine will vary from year to year).