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The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Montrose opens with broody black fruits, menthol and anise notes with a core of cassis, blueberries and mulberries plus a touch of cedar chest. The medium-bodied mouth is firm and chewy with a good core of muscular fruit and a long, earthy finish. 2022 - 2042
The 2015 Montrose has a very intense bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, iodine and violet scents that blossom in the glass, demonstrating more exuberance than (what transpired to be) the 2015 Meyney. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very well judged acidity, taut and linear with satisfying freshness and poise on the finish. Maybe this just has the edge over the Meyney. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
The 2015 Montrose was bottled in July 2017, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. I remember that Herve Berland felt that I was rather mean to the 2015 after the splendid 2014. Certainly I find that élevage has meliorated this Montrose and lent the aromatics a little more complexity and cohesion compared to its showing in barrel. There is still plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, also a subtle floral component that becomes more conspicuous with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth and almost silky in texture with a fine bead of acidity. This is certainly one of the more elegant and graceful Montrose in recent years with a lovely saline, marine-influenced finish. I maintain that it will be surpassed by the 2014 and nascent 2016, but it remains a delicious Montrose whose fineness of tannins should render it more approachable than other recent vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring. Drink 2025-2060
Blueberry, black currant, fresh basil and lemon grass flavors. Full body, velvety tannins, clean finish. Spices. Depth.
The 2015 Montrose is silky, super-finessed and nuanced, all qualities that are unusual for a wine that is usually much more of a powerhouse. Black cherry, smoke, leather, graphite, crème de cassis and licorice notes open up in the glass, yet the wine comes across as raw and not fully formed. The 2015 appeared to put on a bit of weight over the two weeks I followed it, but I don't see the depth, structure and personality of the very best versions.
Tasted blind. Extremely deep crimson. Rich and introvert. Smooth as a baby’s bottom. What has happened to the tannins?! Very differently treated than in the other 2015 St-Estèphes. Polished but full of substance. I think there is tannin there but it has been polished out of the picture. You could almost drink this liquorice-flavoured wine now.
Glowing crimson. Smells very Cabernet/cassis. Lovely classy nose with real vigour and perfect balance. So alluring you could almost drink it tonight, although there is a massive tannin level underneath the well-judged fruit. Great stuff.
Very dark and very dramatic. Even a hint of overripeness on the nose. A little stodgy. Could do with a little more lift. A little dry at present. Clearly fashioned for the very long term. Kerpow! Very much in the style of the old Montroses in terms of sheer concentration.
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. There was some very severe selection in 2015 with only 37% of the crop being selected for the grand vin. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour. Immediately aromatic with a powerful nose of wood smoke, damp earth, leather and blackcurrant. The palate is smooth and ripe on entry with a good stuffing of blackcurrant on the mid palate, given backbone by velvets, ripe tannins that will make this Montrose more approachable than some previous vintages. There is a sappy, smoky note to the finish that provides a moreish, savoury edge to pair with the pure cassis fruit flavour.
Another wine I was able to taste on multiple occasions, the 2015 Montrose is a certainly the wine of Saint-Estèphe in 2015. Notes of cassis, damp earth, violets, and graphite/lead pencil notes all flow to a beautifully pure, elegant and multi-dimensional 2015 that has fine, polished tannin, perfect balance, and a great finish. The 2015 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, all of which was brought up in 65% new oak. This isn’t a blockbuster yet is pure class all the way. It will be better in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades. 2022 - 2052
Concentration richness the nose has a powerful mix of black fruits the palate a brooding depth. The tannins are fine and not that obvious but support. The fruit at the back is ripe a rich mix of black fruits yet there is balance with freshness on the finish.
Well, well, well. How good is this? St. Estèphe was supposed to be the least favoured
commune in the Médoc in 2015, but this is a brilliant wine that’s up there with the best
releases of the vintage. Perfumed, dense and super concentrated, with compact tannins,
notes of cassis, blueberry and liquorice and very fine tannins. Drink: 2025-40
Powerful and yet restrained, this is a tangy, firm, taut Montrose with very clean, focussed fruit and a direction which
is unquestionable. The oak is stunning and refreshing and while it is nearly all new oak, the fruit sings and the attack
and balance are stunning. The precision and weightlessness are thrilling and you sense that the tannins are built to last
50 years – this is stunning sleight of hand. Hervé Berland (CEO) explained that by shortening the cuvaison and being
desperately careful with extraction he was able to make a much more precise wine. Careful addition of press wine, of
optimum quality, allowed them to build and intense but not heavy wine. This continued tinkering and fine-tuning as
well as a gradual cutting back on Merlot has allowed Montrose to soar. This is an epic wine.