What a nose for a second wine! Lovely cassis and delicately leafy/earthy aromas. It’s a rare beast: a really mineral red Bordeaux. This has excellent balance of ripeness and fresh dry tannins and acidity. Long, clean finish.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
A gorgeous second wine, the 2014 La Dame de Montrose is soft, open-knit and very pretty. Bright floral notes add lift and a measure of elegance to the dark-fleshed fruit. Medium in body, with good depth and fine overall balance, the 2014 is just about as good as it gets for a second wine. I won't be surprised if it is still delicious at age 20, although I think its best drinking will take place earlier than that.
|Score: 92+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 La Dame de Montrose presents a distinctly savory profile. Sweet red cherries, flowers, orange peel, herbs and white pepper give the 2014 much of its aromatic lift. Beautifully layered to match its gracious, understated personality, the 2014 impresses with its striking balance and laid-back sense of power. All the elements meld together in a wine of total grace. The 2014 showed better each time I tasted it over the course of two weeks. This is a very sexy second wine from Montrose. The blend is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% % Petit Verdot that represents 37% of the total production.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015|
The second wine of Chateau Montrose. With new owners, and a new wine-making team and new cellars at Montrose, this label has benefitted greatly from a more serious selection process at this famous Chateau. 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep colour. Intense nose of sweet cherry, blackcurrant and cedar. Polished and refined but open and appealing. Juicy, rich, and rounded on the palate with fresh acidity and a smooth texture to the tannins. Black fruits and a little freshness on the finish give balance.
|Score: 15+||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
As to the 2014s, these are beautiful wines and certainly a match for the 2015s. The 2014 La Dame de Montrose offers a deep purple color and classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes as well as a touch of violets, spring flowers and leafy herbs. This medium-bodied, elegant, spicy, complex 2014 has loads of charm yet should keep nicely for 15+ years. 2018 - 2038
|Score: 90||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Offers a brisk, racy feel, with red currant, damson plum and Campari notes coursing through, carried by a bright iron spine through the savory-flecked finish. Very pure and firmly grounded in terroir. Best from 2018 through 2026. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
|Score: 90||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
The nose is firm fresh but a bit tight the start of the palate bright with a mix of bilberry and red fruits. There is some sweet fruit in the middle but at the back the fresh fruits are to the fore the finish fragrant and fresh a slight lack of depth. 2026-37
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
As there was in 2010 and 2012, there will be a third wine at Montrose, which means that 37% of the production went into this, the second wine. It's pretty tight at the moment with medium weight tannins, sweet, bramble and black plum fruit and aromatic oak. One to keep any eye on.
|Score: 91||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 90+||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|