Price:  £42.35 | Case Rate: £40.23

Chateau Montrose - La Dame de Montrose 2012

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: St Estèphe
  • Wine Maker: P Ribereau-Gayon
  • Grape: Merlot Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2018-2033
En Primeur
WA: 88 to 90 (2009) NM: 87 to 89 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

La Dame de Montrose is often an extremely austere wine to taste en primeur with the linear tannins of St Estèphe sometimes obtrusively firm. Not so in 2009, where the massive level of tannins are wonderfully succulent and ripe. Dark bramble fruit dominates the nose and the palate is concentrated yet brooding with a gravelly, mocha darkness. This is a very attractive wine.

Winery Information

Chateau Montrose

"The key to success with Ch. Montrose", opined my knowledgeable friend, "is to tuck away a bottle, preferably a wine from an off vintage, in the cellar and then simply forget about it. On returning in fifty years time you will find a vinous pleasure beyond the comprehension of us mere mortals". Sadly my own tasting experience...

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)88 to 90 pts

Wine Advocate # 218. Apr 2010. Reviewer : Robert Parker.Jr Earthy and tannic, but concentrated with firm structure, the 2012 La Dame de Montrose has a distinct spicy, earthy character and some tannins to shed, which is unusual for a second wine. It is nicely concentrated with a dense ruby/purple color, and overall it is well-made. Give it several years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or more years, as this will be an uncommonly long-lived second wine from this famous Médoc château.

Neal Martin (2009)87 to 89 pts

Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, 87-89pts - "A blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has a very agreeable nose of saturated black cherries, redcurrant, a touch of bilberry, The palate is compact, tight, very powerful, a little dynamo. Firm tannins on the finish, just a little hardness at the moment but it should mellow and soften by the time of bottling, I would expect, broaden and fan out. Tasted March 2010."

Vinification Notes

The harvest is done manually, with a sorting before fermentation in stainless steel with up to thirty days maceration thereafter. The wines go into oak, 70% new for eighteen months for the grand vin, Chateau Montrose (typically 19000 cases per annum), and 20% new for twelve months for the second wine, La Dame de Montrose (typically 9000 cases per annum), this cuvée being named after Yvonne Charmolüe who ran the estate from 1944 to 1960.