Montrose was created in the 18th century by Alexandre de Segur, a chap with a rather nifty portfolio of properties that included Mouton, Lafite and Latour. In the early 19th century Montrose was just one part of the Calon Ségur estate. The owner sold Calon Ségur, but retained the Montrose component, fully planting the vineyard and building the chateau that is on site today. The property changed hands several times, developed and grew and was latterly sold in 2006 to the Bouygues brothers. They added Tronquoy Lalande to their stable shortly thereafter and hired senior Bordeaux figures. They also spent heavily on renovations: €55 million at last count. It is now more environmentally sound...and boasts an ultrasonic hail cannon to protect the vineyard during the growing season.
Case of 6 Bottles
price shown is under bond
duty paid price: £725.27
"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 in May 2018
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