Dame de Montrose 2015

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Estephe
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose has an attractive bouquet of well defined brambly red fruit, orange peel and rose petal, quite bullish and generous in style. The palate is medium-bodied with lighter tannin than expected, moderate depth, a fine bead of acidity yet slightly lactic toward the finish that steps down a few gears. Fine, but could be better. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 89Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose has a tight-knit, blackberry and bilberry-scented bouquet with just a touch of violet borrowed from Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite minerally and energetic with a well-judged, Pauillac-inspired, graphite-tinged finish. This deuxième vin has come on nicely during its élevage. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2030.

Score: 90Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that was picked between 15 September and 8 October. It has a perfumed, floral and pure bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and violets, all with commendable delineation for a deuxième vin. The palate is well balanced with a more sumptuous texture compared to its fellow Saint Estèphes, thanks to that lush Merlot that forms the core of this wine. It has commendable energy and feels approachable, therefore with 3-4 years in bottle, you should have yourself a fine if not exceptional La Dame de Montrose. Drink 2019-2032

Score: 88/90Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A very refined red with berries, chocolate and walnuts. Full body and a round, juicy texture. Spicy and salty. Delicious already. Needs two or three years to come together. Second wine of Château Montrose.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

Polished tannins with lovely integration and finesse. Full body, round texture. Persistent finish. Second wine of Montrose.

Score: 91/92James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a super-appealing second wine. Fresh and light on its feet for a wine from this property, La Dame is all about silkiness, precision and aromatic presence. Red cherry fruit, white pepper, spice and mint add to the wine's sensual, open-knit personality. The 2015 is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, and spent 12 months in French oak, 30% new. 2020 - 2030

Score: 90Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a very pretty second wine. Dark, radiant and open-knit, yet with plenty of nuance, the 2015 offers lovely precision and silkiness throughout. The wine's mid-weight structure suggests it will drink well relatively early. Raspberry jam, white pepper and mineral notes add the closing shades of complexity. The 2015 is an attractive Saint-Estèphe, although it lacks the depth and overall follow through of the very best versions, but it makes up for that with its finesse. Tasted four times.

Score: 89/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Relatively evolved on the nose. Slightly simple fruit dominates the dusty tannins.
Drink 2024-2038

Score: 16.5-Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Deep crimson. Scented and sleek. Very ripe and flattering. Not at all like the classic Montrose style - presumably deliberately made to be drunk young. Polished and even rather sweet! Not that St-Estèphe ...
Drink 2023-2030

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a classic wine from this fabulous estate. Notes of graphite, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and that classic cassis fruit of Saint-Estèphe gives way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant 2015 that’s already drinking beautifully. Tasted twice. 2018 - 2039

Score: 91Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Sweet and ripe the nose has depth and the start of the palate is fleshy and supple with a rich mix of black fruits. There is an underlying freshness the mid palate lighter and at the back bilberry and bramble refreshes and brightens the finish.

Score: 90/92Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Montrose appears to have taken the slightly tricky harvest conditions in its stride in 2015,
producing some stellar wines. This second label is spicy, peppery and intense, with a bloody,
ferrous note to its tannins. It’s austere, yet wonderfully, unambiguously St. Estèphe.
Drink: 2022-35

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

A more successful lady than in years gone by, the slight dominance of Cabernet has tipped it over into a better shape with
more fitness of flavour and also a more obvious link to the Grand Vin (something which has been lacking in the past). A
small adjustment but vital adjustment, this gives the wine character and also accuracy.

Score: 16.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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