The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it!
|Score: 97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Montrose has a bouquet that exudes class and sophistication: pure and mineral-driven black fruit, cedar and pencil lead, hints of blueberry developing with aeration although it never impedes upon the sense of terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, filigree tannin, a sweet core of blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a satin-like texture towards the finish. There is obviously some high quality oak used here, but it is simpatico with the fruit. For Montrose, you might argue that this is more modern in style and yet it is undeniably crafted with real panache to create a modern classic. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drink 2022 - 2055.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended—one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. Tasted September 2016. Drink date 2024 - 2050
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Montrose 2014 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. It was picked from mid-September via five or six tries through the vineyard. The aromatics represent a clear step in quality from the second wine, attired with far more precision and focus, much more purity with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit, now with touches of violet and vanilla. It is beautifully defined and actually, at least at this juncture, closely aligned with Cos d’Estournel 2014. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that underpin layers of pure mineral-rich black fruit. There is an enthralling sense of energy and precision here and it fans out remarkably on the finish. Dare I say, this is one grand vin that comes perilously close to matching the heights of the 2009 and 2010. This is a brilliant Montrose, one of the best you will find on the Left Bank this vintage. Tasted on five separate occasions, twice at the château. Drink 2020-2045.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
Incredible aromas of currants, blackberries, slate and flowers. Full-bodied yet so tight and beautiful with superb polish and brightness. The length is fantastic. Truly superb. Drink in 2021.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
This is a fabulous young red with blackberries, currants and wet earth. Full body, firm tannins. Very long finish. It really takes off.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Montrose is one of the most intriguing wines of the vintage. An elegant, beautifully layered wine, the 2014 Montrose comes across as incredibly silky and polished. The typical Montrose power, richness and breath take a backseat to a total sense of refinement, as the 2014 is a remarkably nuanced and noble wine. Beams of acidity and minerality give the finish its salivating energy and brightness. Given that Montrose is slow to develop, my sense is that the 2014 is not ready to show all of its cards just yet. Today, it's all about potential, and there is plenty of that here. Sweet red cherry plum, dried flowers and spices are some of the notes that are laced into the exquisite, alluring finish. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production.
|Score: 93/96+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015|
Tasted blind. Strong primary Cabernet notes with some polish. But it falls away a bit on the end. Good but not very good. Clean and fresh though. Just slightly sour. Brooding.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
Very muted nose. Seems rich and heavy but not that expressive aromatically. Big and bold and ambitious with a good balance between fruit and tannins. Acid reasonably well in check. And very definitely St-Estèphe. Pretty brutal - without the charm and glamour of Cos - but probably very true to the archetype. Good tannin management but nothing at all confected or too modern. Inky finish.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015|
This great second growth vineyard is majestically situated overlooking the Gironde in the Southern section of St Estephe. Recently purchased and re-invigorated by the Bouygues family, Montrose is on top form. Hervé Berland, formerly of Mouton Rothschild, is now in charge and large amounts of money have been spent on stunning new facilities. 47% of production is in the Grand Vin this year. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 60% new oak. Deep ruby with a purple hue at the rim. Blue and black fruits on the nose with is rich and opulent. Quite spicy, with a slight anise note layered by vanilla and smoky cedar. The palate is intense with mouthcoating tannins that are ripe and quite soft for Montrose. The fruit concentration leaves a plush, opulent and spicy impression on the finish. There is lots of glycerol but a fresh acidity to keep the wine balanced. Spicy with camphor, mint and blackcurrant. A very Cabernet style as you would expect from this impressive Montrose.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
I loved the 2014 Montrose and it has an incredible purity and elegance that sets it apart from its peers. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it offers a deeper, richer profile with gorgeous cassis and currant fruits intermixed with licorice, chocolate, graphite and beautiful minerality. A spitting image of class on the palate, with fine tannin, integrated acidity, and medium to full-bodied richness, this terrific 2014 is up with the crème de la crème of the Médoc and keep for two to three decades. 2020 - 2050
|Score: 95||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035.
|Score: 95||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
Rich and ripe fruited the nose had depth the start of the palate sweet with some rich flavours. Lighter and fresher in the middle purity the fruit supported by fine tannins. The richness on the back palate is underpinned by freshness the finish long and fragrant. 2027-40
|Score: 92/95||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
For several people, this was one of the wines of the vintage, but it didn't quite sing for me, partly because of the high level of oak in the sample. It's certainly a rich, densely coloured wine with sumptuous black fruits, a hint of orange zest and a tannic core. Just give the oak time to integrate.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 95||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|