Montrose 2001

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Estephe
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Sweet notes of earth, compost, and thick, juicy black currant as well as cherry characteristics jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2001. Medium-bodied and rich, with moderately high tannin as well as surprising power and density, it is the most backward St.-Estephe of the vintage. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it requires 5-6 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 15-16.

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

Yields were a mere 32 hectoliters per hectare, and the 2001 Montrose (which represents 64% of the total production) is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. It is one of the vintage's most powerful and concentrated wines. An impressive powerhouse as well as a thick, unctuous effort, it possesses freshness, full body, high tannin, low acidity, admirable extract, and loads of creme de cassis fruit intermixed with leather, chocolate, liquid minerals, and earth. There is noticeable tannin in this blockbuster. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

The 2001 Montrose is backward, tannic, and impressively concentrated. The wine possesses good freshness, full body, high tannin, low acidity, admirable extract, and loads of creme de cassis fruit intermixed with chocolate, liquid minerals, and earth. There is more noticeable tannin than in the blockbuster 2000. The 2001 will require a decade of cellaring to shed its tannic clout. Montrose is justifiably proud of having fashioned one of the vintage's most powerful and concentrated wines. Yields were a mere 32 hectoliters per hectare, and the 2001 Montrose (which represents 64% of the total production) is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. This is a classic effort in the style, according to the chateau, "of the highly successful 1955."

Score: 90/91+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

This has a very deep garnet core. The nose is very broody and introspective with tightly coiled earthy black fruits, opening to offer limestone, graphite and cooked meat. Good delineation and complexity. The palate is medium-bodied, very classic in style with dry grippy tannins and graphite infused black fruits. Firm backbone, very Pauillac in style with great definition and length on the finish. It has the edge over Cos d'Estournel this year.

Score: 95Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2011

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002

Mid crimson. Rather monolithic on the nose. Very dry and dense. Solidissimo! Chewy. Very like the Montrose old-fashioned stereotype. You would really need to know and love Montrose to love this rather surly wine. Drink 2012 - 2024.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2011

Rather muddy nose. Thick and dense and rather rustic but very positive attack. Needs lots and lots of time. Drink 2012-2020.Date tasted 6th Nov 07.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2007

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2004

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