2014 Le St-Estèphe de Montrose, St-Estèphe (Previously $27)

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Third wine of Château Montrose from a great vintage in the Northern Médoc. Originally only available to employees of the winery, this lively wine is perfect for drinking early and often.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2017 | Send Email
Here we have the power of Chateau Montrose but at a more approachable price. Scents and flavors of bright Bing cherries, earth, leather , sweet dark fruits and flowers expand as this takes on air. The finish is long and fresh in this wine of impeccable pedigree. Decanting for at least an hour is highly recommended.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
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Save your 2014 Montrose and drink this "baby Montrose." 60% Merlot from a great value north Medoc vintage. Tobacco and coffee aromas. Plenty of minerality on the palate. I just love this wine. No hard edges. The 3rd wine of Montrose.
Drink from 2017 to 2032

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
Value alert!!! This is the 3rd wine from Chateau Montrose, in St-Estephe. A big wine with a lot of fruit that needs decanting, this bottle is perfect for someone who likes a full bodied wine with some earthiness.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2017 | Send Email
Showing absolutely beautifully right now, lots of elegance and poise. It is approachable and yet could be put in the cellars for a while.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
Since the "Dame" is the official second label of Montrose, I guess that makes "Le St. Estephe" the the third wine, but pound for pound I think it's right there with the great lady. Considering most properties generally use their youngest vines for their second and third label expressions, you can really see just how much effort Montrose put into revitalizing their vineyards with this release. The "Le St. Estephe" is a gorgeous and precise claret, one that seamlessly weaves delicate fruit, dry earth, and soft tannins into a medium-bodied, old school style. Far from a fruit bomb, the wine never lacks ripeness or roundness, but it's beautifully integrated into the other elements here. 2014 is not only a great vintage for the grand vin, it's a great vintage to demonstrate just how deep the quality runs at Montrose today since the new owners took over in 2006.

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:

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.