2016 Chateau MontroseBlend from France
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"Very dark colour, deep and intense. The complex, lively and precise nose presents aromas of well-ripened fruit with by oaked toasty notes and a spicy touch. The attack is gene...
- 100 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 99 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
- 98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 97 Wine Enthusiast
- 96 Wine Spectator
100 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"Unquestionably one of the top 2-3 wines of the vintage, the 2016 Château Montrose is a monument in the making. Checking in as a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc raised in 60% new French oak (the balance was in once-used barrels) and representing a tiny 36% of the production, this deep purple-colored 2016 possesses powerful, incredibly classic Saint-Estephe notes of creme de cassis, graphite, damp earth, lead pencil shavings, and burning embers. With a powerful, full-bodied style on the palate, a huge mid-palate, lots of underlying structure and tannic grip, and perfect balance, this magical wine will need upwards of a decade or cellaring and keep for 40-50 years."
99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Montrose is a little youthfully shy to begin, but with coaxing, it unfurls to reveal the most beguiling scents of wilted roses, oolong tea, crushed rocks, wild sage, star anise and candied violets over a wonderfully pristine, well-defined core of crushed blackcurrants, black raspberries and kirsch plus wafts of pencil lead and wood smoke. The taut, muscular, medium to full-bodied palate straddles jaw-dropping intensity and finesse superbly, featuring a solid backbone of ripe tannins and giving a firm frame right through the incredibly long, exquisitely nuanced finish."
99 Neal Martin - Vinous Media
"The 2016 Montrose has a tightly wound bouquet that is extremely well focused. This is one of the most pixelated aromatics I can remember on a Montrose at this stage, featuring blackberry, boysenberry and cedar and real mineralité underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with fine density and wonderful salinity. There is tremendous precision with razor-sharp tannin, and a brightness on the finish that is exceptional. This is a Montrose that will comfortably sit alongside the canon of great vintages from this Saint-Estèphe estate. As my score implies, it’s up there with the first growths. Stunning."
98 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"The floral and fresh aromas to this are mesmerizing. Roses and lilacs galore. The pure cab aromas coming from the glass – blackcurrants and blackberries – are so memorable. Full-bodied, deep and profound. The ultra-fine tannins on the palate are so polished and fine-grained. The finish goes on for minutes with subtle yet superb fruit. It’s all about precision and form here. A modern classic for Montrose. Better after 2026"
97 Wine Enthusiast
"Big in tannins and fruit, this is an impressive, complete wine. Its structure and density are magnificent, as is its black fruitiness. The wine has an edge of austerity, along with dry tannins that promise considerable aging. A major performance from this estate."
96 Wine Spectator
"Very pure, with lilac, violet, cassis, bitter cherry and damson plum notes streaming through in lockstep right from the start. A fine chalky underpinning gives the finish a sleek and racy edge. A beautifully precise wine, with a lot in reserve, that could benefit from a little added weight in the cellar. Best from 2025 through 2040."
"Very dark colour, deep and intense. The complex, lively and precise nose presents aromas of well-ripened fruit with by oaked toasty notes and a spicy touch. The attack is generous and opulent. The full and fleshy palate reveals silky and precise tannins. The full finish is incredibly long. An exceptional Montrose, powerful, classy and elegant, a good representation of the signature of our terroir." - Winery
100 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
99 - Neal Martin - Vinous Media
98 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
97 - Wine Enthusiast
96 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|