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2018 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407997 98-99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a big and muscular wine with great structure and depth of fruit. Blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of fresh leaves. Cool earth. Incredible depth, yet so polished. Concentrated. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The top wine of the estate as well as one of the wines of the vintage, the 2018 Château Montrose is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. Crème de cassis, smoky oak, graphite, and violet notes all emerge from this magical Montrose that has thrilling purity, building, layered tannins, integrated acidity, and a blockbuster finish. Deep, concentrated, and built for the long-haul, yet with the sexiness of the vintage, it’s in the same league as the 2016 and will be drinkable in just 4-5 years and keep for 40+. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested from September 17 to October 5, the 2018 Montrose has a very deep purple-black color and opens with tantalizing notes of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, hoisin and mocha with nuances of molten licorice, fertile loam, cast iron pan and incense. Big, rich, full and powerful in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit has a rock-solid backbone of very firm, very ripe tannins to match with tons of freshness and an epically long, exotic spice finish. A magnificent monster of a Montrose! (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This superb wine offers intense, spicy tannins and rich black fruits that yield an impressive, ageworthy bottling. Its black plum flavor and juicy acidity are enhanced by the firm tannins, with a touch of nutmeg on the finish. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Montrose balances finesse and power to a degree I don't think I have seen in a recent young Montrose. The 2018 has plenty of depth, intensity and thrust - all signatures of Montrose - but it also has a striking sense of elegance. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice meld together in the glass. Although it is naturally very young, the 2018 Montrose appears to have a tremendous future. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which is to say more Cabernet and less Merlot than is the norm. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018, but it is a stellar wine in the making. Montrose presents an en primeur sample aged 100% in new oak (while the final wine is aging in 60% new barrels) to show a wine that is more ready to taste young. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is wonderfully rich, with the precision of 2016 but the seductive quality of 2009. It feels architectural in the way that truly great vintages do in the Médoc, and it seems to have consumed its alcohol rather effortlessly. There's plenty of liquorice and exuberant but well buttoned-down brushed damson and cassis pit notes that maintain the signature of Montrose. You can see the concentration in the legs and in the depth of the colour. 20% press wine was added, which is typical here, but the vintage yielded an extremely low 25hl/ha, due partly to drought, partly to mildew and partly to coulure - with drought accounting for most of that/ The Cabernets were affected more than the Merlots because of the later harvesting (which ran from 17 September to 5 October), which meant careful sorting was essential. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

95-97 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Montrose was picked from 17 September and finished on 5 October, comprising of 61 lots of free-run juice. It has a very refined and composed bouquet with blackberry, blueberry, violet and rose petals, the oak (100% new) seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin that form a symmetrical frame around the pure black, graphite tinged fruit that lend it a Pauillac-like personality. This is a brilliant Montrose that manages to express all the leitmotifs of this St-Estèphe and keeps the excessive tendencies of the growing season in check, thanks to a combination of terroir and skillful winemaking. The alcohol level is 14.7% and we need to see how that plays out, but for now this seems to deliver." (11/2019)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2019 | Send Email
Concentrated, minty aromas, dense and intense in the mouth. Always a masculine style, this wine is a classic Montrose. A good cellar candidate. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. A quite high 14.5% alcohol level.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2019 | Send Email
Wow, this is about as intense a young Ch. Montrose as I have ever tasted. Super bright, strong and direct, spicy red fruits and minerals. Classic as they come! Needs serious time in the cellar. 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
This was one of my early wines of the vintage, starting with brilliant aromas that are all too easy to get lost in. On the palate there is waves of cassis and blackberry, with a layered and seamless texture, resounding acidity, and fine, grippy tannins. The depth in 2018 Montrose is stunning and it is extremely long. It is rare for a wine to offer this much at such an early stage. It is hard to go wrong with any of the elite St-Estephes in 2018, but for the complexity of the wine, I'm putting my vote in for Montrose. Another great addition to an amazing portfolio.

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