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2018 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407997 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A full-bodied powerhouse as well as a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Montrose is a final blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc that was raised in 60% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple hue as well as awesome levels of crème de cassis and smoky blackberry fruits and notes of tobacco, lead pencil, scorched earth, and chocolate, it's deep, opulent, and incredibly concentrated on the palate, with no shortage of mid-palate depth, tannins, or length. It reminds me a little of a fresher version of the 2003, although there's more Cabernet Sauvignon in 2018 as well as less Merlot. It has that classic Montrose minerality and backward, mineral-laced style, yet I suspect this will be drinkable in just 5-6 years and should evolve into a modern-day legend from this terroir. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Rich and deep with beautifully nuanced dark chocolate, mocha, cocoa bean and liquorice. Just full of understated power and silky tannins. This is gorgeous and among my top wines of the Left Bank. As it opens in the glass you get sweet black cherry and cassis flesh, and a sense of lilting sappiness. Great stuff from Montrose. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Purity and beauty on the nose with blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, crushed-stone and violet character. A full-bodied red with masses of polished tannins and intense flavors of currants and blackberries. Juicy finish. Super depth to this. Goes on for minutes. Try after 2027. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Montrose is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a good amount of air to unlock the vibrant scents of crushed blackberries, preserved plums and cassis with suggestions of star anise, cedar chest, underbrush, Indian spices and iron ore, plus an emerging waft of violets. The full-bodied palate features the most exquisitely ripe tannins, offering a rock-solid backbone with tons of freshness lifting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long and mineral laced. Going back to this wine over a period of hours and then days further reveals a Montrose of great opulence, richness and depth. Incidentally, the IPT level this year is 82, which indicates a very high level of tannins, and yet they are so, so ripe. The alcohol is around 14.5%. But sit back, close your eyes and forget the numbers—this is pure hedonism in its youth with a fantastic 40+ years of cellaring ahead of it, during the course of which do not be at all surprised if you are blown away by a three-digit experience. (LPB) 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Montrose is dazzling. Whereas so many 2018s are opulent and broad, Montrose is a wine of vertical explosive power. Ripe Cabernet aromatics soar out of the glass, making a strong first impression. Black cherry, leather, licorice, graphite and menthol develop later as the 2018 starts to open in the glass. The energy, vibrancy and drive here are palpable right out of the gate. Montrose is one of real stars of 2018. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine confirms the place of Montrose among the top Bordeaux estates. With its rich tannins and powerful structure, it exudes concentration and density. But the wine also shows a sense of style. Fruit purity will make it impressive and allow it to age for many years. Drink this wine from 2028. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and winey, with a well-built core laden with cassis and dark plum puree while flashes of anise, lilac and charcoal fill in throughout. Finish has hints of chestnut and warm earth for a burly edge, but there's ample fruit for balance. Plenty grippy in the end too; cellaring required. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black core with narrow purple rim. More obvious oak than on La Dame de Montrose but still with hints of violets alongside pure cassis intensity. Almost a mintiness in the ripe (but not in the least overripe) black fruit. Oak spice and fruit spice. Amazingly juicy even with the density and concentration of both fruit and tannins. Needs lots of time but has great harmony and length. Powerful without being aggressive. Very oaky at the moment but has the stuffing and the wonderful fruit to hold its own. 18+/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Montrose delivers on the promise that it showed from barrel. I gave this a three-hour decant before broaching, since Montrose is always backward, albeit far less ferociously than even just a decade ago. It offers copious blackberry and blueberry scents on the nose, plus pressed violets and a light estuarine scent that becomes accentuated with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky-smooth texture. Finely chiseled tannins frame multilayered black fruit infused with crushed stone, and it has retained that subtle graphite element that lends it a Pauillac-like personality, though less so than out of barrel. This is a beautifully defined Montrose with entrancing symmetry, and it should drink earlier than other recent vintages thanks to a little more pliancy." (3/2021)


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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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