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Château Montrose St. Estephe 2005
Château Montrose St. Estephe 2005
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Region: France » Bordeaux » St. Estephe
Producer: Château Montrose
Alcohol: 13.2%
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Château Montrose

2005 was known as the year of drought. The water deficit was constant and alarming: by the harvest, the volume of rainfall was less than half the average quantity of the past 30 years. Once more, the clayed sub-soils of Montrose played an important role. On the other hand, the temperature was significantly good, particularly during the summer with a profitable alternation of hot days and cool nights, sign of a very good ripening of the grapes. Period of harvest: September 23rd - October 9th 2005 impresses by its exceptional power, the amazing pure fruit, and the extraordinary engaging elegance without having the overwhelming charm of the 2003. Stylistically, very classical and very Bordeaux-like, without austerity.

Wine Advocate

The 2005 Montrose is an exceptionally tannic, broodingly backward offering displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with a provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries. It continues to add weight and richness, good traits considering the substantial, forbiddingly high tannin levels and zesty acidity. If you are over the age of fifty, this backward, powerful wine will probably be more enjoyable to your descendants. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040+

Score: 95. —Robert Parker, April 2008.

Wine Spectator

Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral, lead to a full-bodied palate. Very chewy, with loads of tannins, yet this follows through with beautifully ripe fruit, mineral and mint. Fascinating. Best after 2012.

Score: 94. —James Suckling, March 31, 2008.

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