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2014 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201303 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Incredible aromas of currants, blackberries, slate and flowers. Full-bodied yet so tight and beautiful with superb polish and brightness. The length is fantastic. Truly superb. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *Cellar Selection* This is a very fine wine showing a new level of quality at Montrose. With its almost velvet tannins inside the intense black fruits, the wine is rich, smooth and generous. Blackberry and black-plum fruits are to the fore along with the fine acidity and great structure. A wine to age for decades, it will be ready to drink from 2027. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended—one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I loved the 2014 Montrose and it has an incredible purity and elegance that sets it apart from its peers. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a deeper, richer profile with gorgeous cassis and currant fruits intermixed with licorice, chocolate, graphite and beautiful minerality. A spitting image of class on the palate, with fine tannin, integrated acidity, and medium to full-bodied richness, this terrific 2014 is up with the crème de la crème of the Médoc and keep for two to three decades. Inner quote mark (11/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2018 | Send Email
I understand why so many of my colleagues are calling the 2014 Chateau Montrose the wine of the vintage. It is the best young Bordeaux I have tasted in many, many years. This tremendous, dark fruited wine is loaded with power, but also packaged perfectly elegantly. Is it tannic? Of course- it is Montrose! But the tannins are ripe, and lifted by graceful acidity. The only ingredient that is missing is a lot of time... I am afraid that the perfect balance will cause much of the production to be drunk far too young.
Drink from 2024 to 2074

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/23/2016 | Send Email
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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.
Drink from 2020 to 2040

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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