The 2005 Montrose has a saturated purple color. As backward as one would expect of a St.-Estèphe, it offers notes of sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, earth, graphite and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and still a decade away from prime-time drinkability. This 30+ year wine is clearly outstanding, but not one of the vintage’s most prodigious efforts. Drink 2025 - 2035.
|Score: 94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
In 2005, a very serious drought year stressed most vineyards in Bordeaux, which are all dry-farmed. The volume of rainfall was less than half the average of the previous 30 years. The clay subsoils at Montrose have always played a major role in not only dry years, but also in extremely hot ones, such as 2003, as they retain more moisture. The grapes were harvested between September 23 and October 9. This is a very powerful, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, but the tannins are relatively velvety. The wine is rich, complex, majestic, multi-dimensional and also avoids any of the austerity that some 2005s possess. It has done quite well in its bottle evolution and should turn out to be a great Montrose, capable of lasting 30 to 50 years.
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
Rated 96+ points by Robert Parker in an email news letter, dated 13.10.09...''Again, the most remarkable thing about this tasting was the extraordinary quality of the wines. Cos d'Estournel and Larcis Ducasse were both very closed, and I was shocked by how open, rich, and sweet the Ducru-Beaucaillou was. I wasn't surprised by the great performances of Pavie, Pape-Clément, Angèlus, La Mission Haut-Brion, l'Eglise-Clinet, and Troplong Mondot. While 2005 is a frightfully expensive vintage, it is the real deal, and I was glad to see the sweetness of the tannins throughout the wines as well as their incredible stuffing and richness.''
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, October 2009|
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, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
Fashioned from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2005 Montrose exhibits huge tannin, powerful floral, blueberry, and cassis flavors, and more weight as well as richness than last year. While surprisingly high in alcohol (13.2%) for a Montrose, that component is nicely balanced by the high tannin and decent acidity. This blockbuster will need a decade or more of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The big news in Bordeaux is the potential sale (it had not been finalized at the time of publication) of Chateau Montrose. The 2005 Montrose does not quite measure up to the 2003, but it is a beautiful effort. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc as well as a dollop of Petit Verdot, it possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a sweet, provocative nose of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and subtle wood. Medium to full-bodied, elegant yet powerful, fresh, and nuanced, the acids are higher and the pH lower in 2005 than in 2002. The 2005 should be a long-lived classic, but patience will be required despite the relatively high alcohol (13.2%), which is counterbalanced by some of the highest tannins ever measured. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.
|Score: 92/94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
The 2005 Montrose replicated previous showings of that formidable wine. The bouquet is backward and here exuding more black fruit than previous bottles, rendering it more akin to the 2010 Montrose. With aeration those telltale scents of pencil lead emerge, although this bottle shows a touch more brine. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a Montrose with huge backbone, solid to the point of being obdurate. Yet that would be overlooking the poise and delineation of this Montrose, the manner in which it gathers momentum towards the grippy finish. It is a truly great 2005 Bordeaux but it deserves a couple of decades in bottle. Tasted blind at "Philip's Belated February Christmas Lunch." 2025 - 2065
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), July 2018|
The Château Montrose 2005 has a quite brilliant bouquet with intense blackberry, cedar and tobacco scents that unfold in compelling fashion - but don't give too much away. The palate is full-bodied, a Montrose of ""architecture"" thanks to its vaulted tannin, perfect acidity and immense precision on the long finish. Everything here feel natural and effortless and yet it is clearly a 50+ year old wine. This is a fabulous Montrose, one built like a Bentley. Drink 2020 - 2060
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015|
This continues to be very tight yet I loved drinking it the other night at dinner. Loads of spices, berries, meat, cloves and chocolate on the nose. Full body with soft, silky tannins and lots of rich fruit. Still chewy. This is just starting to open up now. Drink or hold.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, October 2015|
|Score: 94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Raspberries, currants and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with a very focused palate of fruit and fine tannins. Fresh finish. Long. Racy wine.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Tasted blind. Sweet, luscious nose. Lots of raciness and grace. Masses of tannin buried under really rather fine fruit. Dry but not drying finish. Pretty sophisticated.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Heady, sweetly perfumed. Quite a bit of acidity and then very stolid indeed. Half way between classic St-Estèphe and something more modern. A transitional wine? Dry, light finish. 13%
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015|
Dark and chewy and much sweeter and less rigorous than usual. Perhaps because the tannins are so exceptionally ripe. Deep and dense with very fine depth- more lift than the samples of Cos tasted, though perhaps not the sheer density and solidity. Very fine dry mouthful. Fine tannins. Quite sinewy. Very fine and the power is relatively well hidden. The infamous IPT (tannin index) was apparently even higher here than a Cos- though perhaps we don't want to get into competition in this respect. Drink 2017-30
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Good bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, flint and nutty oak. Large-scaled, rich and explosive, offering impressive volume and a sensation of power. The ripeness here verges on syrupy and this lush, round wine may well need a decade to lose some of its baby fat and assume its adult shape. The big, ripe tannins coat the teeth.
|Score: 93+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Savoury, berry nose and generous mouth-feel. Fruit closed and chewy tannins. Lots of promise and a big finish. Drink from 2011. Awarded 3 stars.
|Score: 15.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008|