Chateau Montrose: Long Life in Saint Estephe
© Chateau Montrose

Chateau Montrose: Long Life in Saint Estephe

Chateau Montrose

© Chateau Montrose

Dating to the late 18th Century, the land on which Chateau Montrose now sits originally belonged to “The Prince of Vines,” Alexandre de Ségur, one-time owner of the Lafite, Latour and Mouton estates. However, it was not until after 1778 when the Ségur family sold the land to the DuMoulin family that the land was developed.  Known as the “Lande d’Escargeon”, this highly valued terroir in Saint-Estephe, the heart of the Medoc, was once a vast pink heather meadow sitting upon a slightly hilly, gravelly knoll. In fact, the territory was once a celebrated hunting ground on the Calon Segur estate. But in the early 1800’s, Théodore DuMoulin recognized the area’s potential, cleared the land and built what we know today as Chateau Montrose, meaning “Pink Mount.” With dedication and great care, DuMoulin built the reputation of the estate until it was eventually classified as a Second Growth in 1855.

In 1861, Mathieu Dolfus purchased the estate and rebuilt it from top to bottom. Not only did he modify the winemaking facilities and technical potential, but he progressively sought to improve the lives of his workers. Building automated systems, housing and providing social security for his employees through profit sharing, Dolfus established a new standard in Bordeaux.

Montrose Cellar

© Montrose Cellar

Despite additional changes of ownership and the devastation of the vineyards in World War II, Chateau Montrose continued to innovate and grow in quality. Including, but not limited to, its current owners, brothers Martin and Olivier Bouygues, who have renovated the estate with an eye toward environmental aims. Together the brothers seek to establish Chateau Montrose as a model for sustainable development.

Located close to the banks of the Gironde estuary, the single block of 95 hectares of vines (a rarity in the Medoc) is planted with a south-eastern exposure. Gravel soils provide ideal drainage for hydric management. The strong sun exposure and the proximity of the river create a moderating microclimate that protects against frost and regulates summer heat. The south-eastern exposure is in line with the predominant winds, which dry the leaves and provide protection against mildew and rot. Planted with a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, it is Cabernet Sauvignon that dominates. Traditionally deeply colored, austere and powerful, the quintessential Saint-Estephe wines of Chateau Montrose are some of the longest lived in the Medoc, with a capacity to age for decades.

The Wines of Chateau Montrose

  • Ch. Montrose 2000
  • Ch. Montrose 2005
  • Ch. Montrose 2009
  • Ch. Montrose 2010 
  • Additional Wines
95+ Points, Robert Parker. “Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied, rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. …This blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is indeed a special wine…”

The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2013-2040.

Add to Cart – $226.00

96Points, Robert Parker. “This is a very powerful, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, but the tannins are relatively velvety. The wine is rich, complex, majestic, multi-dimensional and also avoids any of the austerity that some 2005s possess.”

The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2015-2045.

Add to Cart – $180.00

100 Points, Robert Parker. “The blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot…Perfect equilibrium between freshness and concentration… With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice… It has at least 50+ years of aging potential.”

The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2070.

Add to Cart – $370.00

Magnum

As the bottle plays a fundamental role in the aging process, large format bottles are the preferred choice of collectors around the world. This unique large format, a Magnum of the 2009 Chateau Montrose is a rare offering. The perfect addition to any collection, this 1.5 liter bottle is the equivalent of two standard 750mL bottles.

Add to Cart – $695.00

100 Points, Robert Parker. “This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose…The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute.”

The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2100.

Case of 6 Bottles 

Add to Cart – $1620.00

In addition to vintages available in stock, Millesima offers both Chateau Montrose and La Dame de Montrose wines, in a wide range of vintages and formats, as pre-arrivals and futures.

All the Wines of Chateau Montrose

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