2013 Montrose, St-Estèphe

SKU #1257917 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* This is a firm wine although with superb fruit. It is structured and dense, dark with tarry tannins as well as juicy fruitiness. It is a powerful wine that certainly has the freshness of the year while also having dark, dense tannins. (RV)  (3/2016)

91-94 points Vinous

 Graphite, camphor, incense, tobacco, smoke and game burst from the glass in the 2013 Montrose. A dark, brooding wine, the 2013 boasts notable depth and tannin considering its mid-weight structure. The 2013 will require at least a few years to come together. Graphite, scorched earth, sage and rosemary are some of the notes that inform the intense finish. This has real density for the year. Based on two tastings so far, the 2013 Montrose is making a very strong case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. The blend is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, with quite a bit more Cabernet than the more typical 55%. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

93 points Decanter

 Dense black-red, cassis and some tobacco, spicy, almost taffeta texture over classically firm Montrose fruit, great clarity of expression, very fine. (SS)  (4/2014)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of black currant and dried flowers such as violets. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a delicate. Fruity finish. Seamless tannins.  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rock-solid, with lightly steeped red currant and damson plum fruit that fills outs nicely with air, while singed alder, tobacco, iron and warm pebble notes show in the background. The pure finish has good energy. A great effort for the vintage. (JM)  (3/2016)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Perfumed red fruit aromas are complicated by peppermint and flint on the pure nose. Crisp and fresh, with vibrant flavors similar to the aromas, but hard as nails now. Finishes long, tight and austere, with a steely minerality and a violet topnote. Given Montrose's track record for gaining in volume and flesh while aging in the bottle, I am hopeful that this will develop more charm and sweetness in the process. Very clean and precise: Montrose had fewer botrytis problems than most other Medoc estates thanks to the windy conditions on the plateau where this estate's vineyards are located. (ID)  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Lovely aromas, though in a rather constrained fashion. Luscious fruit and beautifully plush tannins. Attractive dark chocolate and tobacco-smoke flavours, good persistence. Very good – delicately rendered, but with no compromise on fruit character. 17.5+/20 points (RH)  (4/2014)

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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.