The 2020 Château Montrose was not sampled widely outside of France, so the principal reference here is from Jane Anson, who awards it 98 points, describing it as "a great Montrose" and interestingly making comparisons with 1986, 2016 and 2010. This is promising, given that 2016 Montrose scored 99 points in bottle and the 2010 scores 100 points.
Dame de Montrose is rightly one of the most popular second wines, wonderfully accessible in most vintages with its high Merlot content, but with a strong connection to the grand vin...great value at just £349 per dozen.
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|RED||2020||Château Montrose||75cl||£770 per case of 6||Château Montrose
2020 / / 75cl
£770 per case of 6
Tasting Notes“64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample. Deep colour. Dark, intense and very pure but with an energy that makes it vibrant. Big tannic frame but tannins really finely honed. Long and persistent with plenty of drive on the finish. Long ageing potential. 13.4%. Drink 2030 – 2050. 18 + points.” (JL), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"A serious wall of blueberry and blackberry compote, and a ton of savoury Cabernet sinew and freshness. This is a great Montrose, inky, broad-shouldered and structured. It needs time to aerate and open in the glass, then you see the precision, the heft, the chiselling of the fruits with a ton of graphite, cigar box and campfire smoke - huge persistency. This will need a long time and will reward patience. One of the few where a 1986, 2016 and 2010 comparison makes sense. A yield around 30hl/ha. 1% Petit Verdot, 3.86pH, IPT 80. 45% of the overall production. Drinking Window 2029 - 2050. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine