|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
An explosively rich, exotic, fruity Montrose, the 1995 displays even more fat and extract than the 1996. There is less Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1995 blend, resulting in a fuller-bodied, more accessible, friendlier style. The wine exhibits an opaque black/ruby/purple color, as well as a ripe nose of black fruits, vanillin and licorice. Powerful yet surprisingly accessible (the tannin is velvety and the acidity low), this terrific example of Montrose should be drinkable at a young age. Anticipated maturity: 2003 - 2028. Last tasted 11/97.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998|
Bright crimson. Very grown-up minerals sort of nose with lots of development. Lift and lightness on this wine with real confidence and it’s ready to drink. Perhaps not an enormous depth of fruit but nice balance and very refreshing. Quite racy. And then sinewy, dry, angular on the finish. There is real lift in this wine but the tannins are a bit dry. Drink 2012 - 2022.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2011|
A youthful deep ruby/purple core. This oozes juicy blackcurrants, liquorice and smooth oak. Soft and integrated with evolving floral notes adding to the flavour profile. The tannins are nicely rounded and add a fine texture and gentle framework to the wine. Underneath there is a hint of mineral structure and then a long open finish where the tannins still assert a gentle hold and promise further development along the way.
| ||Farr Vintners, August 2006|
A wine which now after ten years is just beginning to show its full potential. Attractive ruby hue. A polished nose of cassis & cherry with some clean cedary oak and a hint of pipe tobacco. Round, succulent and warm on the palate. Remarkably supple and forward with rich ripe tannins and plenty of blackcurrant fruit - quite atypical of what one might expect of a young St Estephe. Lovely overall balance with plenty of sweet red berry fruit and cedary Medoc character on the finish. Classy wine to drink now and over the next 5-10 years.
| ||Farr Vintners, August 2005|
Excellent red-ruby color. Plum, currant, animal fur, smoked game, roasted nuts and graphite on the nose, plus a note of toffee. Lush and smooth in the mouth, with notes of minerals, leather and game. Still rather tightly wrapped following the mise, but very nicely balanced from the outset. Firm acidity gives the wine superb delineation and grip. Tannins are dusty and firm-and more obvious today than in the '97, despite the fact that the later year featured higher polyphenol levels.
|Score: 91||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 1998|