Montrose 2017

Cult Wines Price: £500.00 / 6x75cl
Chateau Montrose, Montrose, 2017

Tasting Notes Montrose 2017

96-99

The 2017 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little closed at first, but with coaxing, it opens to reveal remarkable earth and exotic spice notes of crushed rocks, black truffles, star anise, cassia and fenugreek over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves, violets and blueberry pie with touches of cigar box, charcuterie and black soil. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame and an exquisitely ripe, very fine-grained texture, it has wonderful freshness with electric energy and a very long, minerally finish. Possessing great poise and intensity, this is one of the greatest Montrose's I have tasted!

Wine Advocate
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - robertparker.com
96-97

This is pure and tight with gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character of blackcurrants, blueberries and crushed stones. Full-bodied, yet compacted and polished. It shows a long and beautiful tannin texture at the end. Just rolls off the palate.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com
94-96

The 2017 Montrose represents 37% of the total production this year and it was cropped at around 45hl/ha. It has a little more volume and intensity compared to the Cos d’Estournel that was tasted immediately prior to my visit. Blackberry, raspberry, cedar and pressed flowers bloom in the glass, though there is a noticeable change with aeration after 20 minutes – hints of juniper and bay leaf, rendering a more nuanced and complex array of aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin and it feels a little chalky in the mouth, yet also tensile and certainly extremely focused. There is already a palpable sense of energy in situ, well structured and vivid, though not as complex or as nuanced as the 2016 Montrose on the finish since the growing season forbade that. I appreciate the pastille-like purity on the aftertaste and the potent tang of cracked black pepper and graphite that hang around for 45 seconds after the wine has departed. It is a fine, very classic Montrose and I suspect more approachable than those of yesteryear. Tasted twice at the château.

Neal Martin
Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18
92-95

The 2017 Montrose is wonderfully polished and nuanced. Silky tannins and mid-weight structure confer finesse to a Montrose that possesses superb harmony from start to finish. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. In 2017, the Grand Vin (35% of the production) is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Because of the late season rains, Montrose has more Cabernet Sauvignon than is typically the case. The winemaking team opted for a large number of smaller-lot vinifications (82 instead of 50-ish, to be exact), in order to optimize picks according to ripeness. Although alcohol alone can never tell the whole story of a wine, at 13.5% alcohol, Montrose has a very attractive freshness to it. The Grand Vin represents about 37% of the chateau's production. The 2017 is all class.

Antonio Galloni
Antonio Galloni - vinous.com - May '18
91-94

This has nice breadth, with cherry and cassis notes moving through atop light tobacco and warm earth flavors. Very bright savory and iron elements add lift and cut through the finish. Tight, but everything is in place.—J.M.

Wine Spectator
James Molesworth - winespectator.com

Montrose Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Montrose 2018 Chateau Montrose POA 12x75cl
Montrose 2017 Chateau Montrose £950.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2017 Chateau Montrose £500.00 6x75cl
Montrose 2015 Chateau Montrose £1,040.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2015 Chateau Montrose £520.00 6x75cl
Montrose 2014 Chateau Montrose £920.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2014 Chateau Montrose £475.00 6x75cl
Montrose 2013 Chateau Montrose £615.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2012 Chateau Montrose £660.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2011 Chateau Montrose £675.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2010 Chateau Montrose £1,750.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2010 Chateau Montrose £875.00 6x75cl
Montrose 2009 Chateau Montrose £2,120.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2008 Chateau Montrose £770.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2007 Chateau Montrose £750.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2006 Chateau Montrose £809.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2005 Chateau Montrose £1,170.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2004 Chateau Montrose £793.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2003 Chateau Montrose £1,700.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2002 Chateau Montrose £780.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2001 Chateau Montrose £1,080.00 12x75cl
Montrose 2000 Chateau Montrose £1,410.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1999 Chateau Montrose £872.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1998 Chateau Montrose £1,130.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1997 Chateau Montrose £840.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1996 Chateau Montrose £1,650.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1995 Chateau Montrose £1,295.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1990 Chateau Montrose £5,892.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1989 Chateau Montrose £4,583.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1986 Chateau Montrose £1,176.00 12x75cl
Montrose 1982 Chateau Montrose £2,340.00 12x75cl