2014 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201303 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Montrose 2014 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. It was picked from mid-September via five or six tries through the vineyard. The aromatics represent a clear step in quality from the second wine, attired with far more precision and focus, much more purity with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit, now with touches of violet and vanilla. It is beautifully defined and actually, at least at this juncture, closely aligned with Cos d’Estournel 2014. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that underpin layers of pure mineral-rich black fruit. There is an enthralling sense of energy and precision here and it fans out remarkably on the finish. Dare I say, this is one grand vin that comes perilously close to matching the heights of the 2009 and 2010. This is a brilliant Montrose, one of the best you will find on the Left Bank this vintage. Tasted on five separate occasions, twice at the château. (NM)  (4/2015)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a hugely structured wine, almost severe in a way that is typical of this estate. It has power and concentration, with intense fruitiness and a rich, generous texture. The finish is fresh and lingering. (RV)  (4/2015)

94-97 points Wine Spectator

 As sleek and tightly coiled as they come, with wonderful purity and cut to the red and black currant and red and black cherry fruit. The long iron spine is thoroughly embedded and a gorgeous echo of charcoal lingers at the very end of the lightly pebbly finish. Everything finally seems to be coming together here. (JM)  (4/2015)

93-96 points Vinous

 The 2014 Montrose is one of the most intriguing wines of the vintage. An elegant, beautifully layered wine, the 2014 Montrose comes across as incredibly silky and polished. The typical Montrose power, richness and breath take a backseat to a total sense of refinement, as the 2014 is a remarkably nuanced and noble wine. Beams of acidity and minerality give the finish its salivating energy and brightness. Given that Montrose is slow to develop, my sense is that the 2014 is not ready to show all of its cards just yet. Today, it's all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. Sweet red cherry plum, dried flowers and spices are some of the notes that are laced into the exquisite, alluring finish. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. (AG)  (4/2015)

94-95 points James Suckling

 This is a fabulous young red with blackberries, currants and wet earth. Full body, firm tannins. Very long finish. It really takes off.  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

Saturated, sweet black-red fruits with hints of black licorice. Features a powerful attack of fruit, with great texture and a long finish. We love the 2014 Montrose—more so than their 2015. A must for the serious Bordeaux collector.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/23/2016 | Send Email
Montrose made a fantastic wine in 2014-in fact i think it is far better than their 2015 effort. Most of the better 2014s from St-Estephe were a notch better than their 2015 counterparts--mainly because of the weather conditions, Great vintage for this "almost" 1st growth quality property. Plenty of richness on the palate with red berry fruits and toasty oak dominating the nose. Silky texture, but plenty of punch underneath. Cellar it a few more years.
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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2016 | Send Email
This looks to be the must-own wine of 2014 Bordeaux and a Montrose to rival their all-time classics...doing so somewhat under the radar. And that's for a Chateau that can rival the First Growths when they're on point. 2014 is a bit of an anomaly in St. Estephe since it is often considered much better than the more expensive 2015s. The wine itself is beautifully delineated and shows a purity that counterbalances the estate's classic tannic structure. There's a really high ceiling for 2014 Montrose, one that far exceeds the relatively modest pre-arrival pricing. Load up!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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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.