Chateau Montrose St. Estephe 2nd Grand Cru Classe 2019
The 2019 Château Montrose from St. Estephe is a 2nd Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux blend consisting of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It has a deep ruby color and a nose of blackberry, cassis, and leather. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with ripe tannins, juicy acidity, and flavors of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. The wine is a classic expression of the power and elegance of the Saint-Estèphe terroir.
The wine has a massive structure, great concentration. It now really shows the results of the massive investment of the owners, the telecom magnate Bouygues family. The powerful tannins mask the impressive black fruits and the wine's rich berry flavors. This magnificent wine will develop slowly over many years. Drink from 2027. Roger Voss
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
The 2019 Montrose has turned out very well in bottle, wafting from the glass with a dramatic, perfumed bouquet of wild berries and cassis mingled with notions of lilac, violets, pencil shavings and warm spices, framed by nicely integrated new oak. Full-bodied, layered and seamless, it's deep and multidimensional, with lively acids, beautifully refined tannins and a long, resonant finish. Checking in at 14.4% alcohol (rather higher than, for example, the brilliant 2009's 13.7% or the 2016's 13.3%), this is an undeniably powerful, ripe Montrose, but for now everything appears to be kept in check. - Reviewed by William Kelley