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D
98
Decanter
JD
100
Jeb Dunnuck
RP
98
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
WE
97
Wine Enthusiast
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Chateau Montrose 2018

Last unit sold for $354.00

Product description

2018 marks an important step in converting the vineyard to organic viticulture. The weather conditions resulted in great pressure from parasites, requiring extreme vigilance. Vineyard management was complex, but our environmental approach's direction was firmly maintained. The fine weather and heat at the end of summer, comparable to 2009, made the vintage which showed incredible potential for cellaring. The first tastings show the signs of a great vintage, a subtle combination of the fruity aromatic profile of the 2009 and the precision of the 2016.

Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

A full-bodied powerhouse and a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Montrose is a final blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple hue as well as incredible 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, tannin's, or length. It reminds me a little of a fresher version of the 2003, although there's more Cabernet Sauvignon in 2018 and less Merlot. It has that classic Montrose minerality and backward, mineral-laced style, yet I suspect this will be drinkable in 5-6 years and should evolve into a modern-day legend from this terroir.

98+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Montrose is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple in colour, 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 for hours and then days further reveals a Montrose of great opulence, richness and depth. Incidentally, the IPT level this year is 82, indicating a very high level of tannins, yet they are so ripe.

98 Points - Decanter

Rich and deep with beautifully fine dark chocolate, mocha, cocoa bean and licorice. 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.

97 Points - Wine Enthusiast

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

95 Points - Wine Spectator

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. The 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. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2036.