The 2016 La Dame de Montrose has a lovely bouquet of blackberry, tobacco, light black truffle notes and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip, quite sturdy for a second wine, and lightly spiced with a sprinkling of white pepper on the surprisingly persistent finish. Excellent.Drink 2022-2036.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 La Dame de Montrose is a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. It is often a difficult Deuxième Vin to taste en primeur, and it often meliorates considerably during its élevage. Here, the aromatics took some time to coalesce in the glass: blackberry, graphite and a noticeable oyster shell aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth, grainy in texture with very fine balance towards the finish where the quality of the vintage showed through. Doubtless those aromatics will improve and gain harmony by the time it is in bottle, and indeed, when I returned for a second visit I discerned a little more finesse and prettiness on the finish. This is a delightful La Dame. Tasted twice.
Drink Date 2021 - 2035
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Extremely perfumed and beautiful with bright, violet and plum aromas. Full to medium body, very fine and firm tannins and transparent fruit. Linear and refined with a very long finish. Second wine of Château Montrose. Try in 2022.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
A linear and fine rendition of Montrose’s second wine with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Structured. Racy.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
A gorgeous second wine, the 2016 La Dame de Montrose is incredibly expressive today. Supple, radiant and inviting, La Dame has all the potential to be an overachiever in this vintage. Today, it is quite open, and, even more importantly, flat-out delicious. In some moments, La Dame is rather nuanced, while at other times it is a bit more potent. It will be interesting to see what aging in bottle brings, but one thing is certain; the 2016 La Dame is a stellar wine. Don't miss it. Drink 2022-2036.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 La Dame de Montrose is plump, juicy and seductive from the very first taste. Bright floral notes give the wine lovely aromatic expansiveness. Sweet red cherry, plum, pomegranate and sweet spice notes are all pushed forward. In many vintages, La Dame is a smaller-scale version of the Grand Vin, but in 2016 it is almost unusually polished and sensual, an impression that is enhanced by voluptuous, almost opulent fruit and ripe, silky tannins. In 2016, La Dame is also dominated by Merlot, which no doubt contributes to its personality. Tasted two times.
|Score: 89/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Tasted blind. Deep crimson. Appetising freshness but a little hint of wood shavings (Cabernet Franc?) on the nose. Bone dry and pretty vital but relatively early maturing. Lovely drink with St-Estèphe minerality. Everything in the right place but not a long-distance runner. Very pure though.
Drink 2023 – 2030
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020|
Exceptionally deep blackish crimson. Not especially expressive on the nose but really deep and intense on the palate Very dense for a second wine but with a good raciness and energy. Rather elegant and flattering without resorting to sweetness. Quite cool on the end. Lighter and less dense than the grand vin.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The second wine of Chateau Montrose. With new owners, a new wine-making team and new cellars at Montrose, this label has benefitted greatly from a more rigorous selection process at this famous Chateau. 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot in 2016, which is markedly different from the Grand Vin blend. Very spicy and smoky on the nose with a plummy, cherry-fruited character. Fleshy, round and approachable on the palate, this wine offers light but typical St Estephe tannins in a framework that is still generous and finished lifted with crunchy cassis and peppery cherry fruit.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
Starting with the second wine and more exuberant and sexy than its 2015 counterpart, the 2016 La Dame de Montrose is a seriously impressive wine in its own right and gives a hint of the incredible quality found in the grand vin. Black raspberries, cassis, spring flowers and incense notes all emerge from this ripe, rounded, mouth-filling Saint-Estèphe. It should be a terrific wine and keep for 15-20 years. 2023 - 2043
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Depth richness the nose has a lot of powerful black fruits the palate has concentrated black cherry and cassis. The tannins are firm but well integrated the back palate has depth a brooding richness the finish fresher peppery cassis and cherry. 2025-40
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
As you’d expect from the second wine of Montrose in a top year like 2016, this is a muscular, sinewy, densely constructed wine with lots of smoky, aromatic oak, damson and blueberry fruit and layered, compact tannins. Needs time. 2025-36
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
A little subdued right now but the fresh, floral edging of the grand vin is also clear here, balanced by juicy black fruit flavours and a similar sense of restraint. The blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc represents 42% of the estate's production.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2035
|Score: 92||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|