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Chateau Montrose 2000

Chateau Montrose 2000
$390 1 Bottle (750ML)
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    Parker : 94+ / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Tasted at the vertical in London, the question was whether the 2000 Montrose would be paradigmatic of a vintage whereby the wines have remained sullen and broody in their youth. On this occasion, to my surprise I found it more open than the 2005 (which admittedly is not saying that it's open for business!). It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 22 September to 7 October. I afforded it a couple of hours in the glass and it responded with plenty of pure ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of cold slate and even charcoal emerging with time. The palate is not as complex as the aforementioned 2005, yet there is wonderful backbone and focus; towards the finish there is a sense of suppleness and refinement that might make this absolutely delicious in 5-7 years' time. Perhaps the 2000 has been usurped by subsequent releases in 2005, 2009 and 2010, but do not be surprised if it evolves into a regal Montrose. Tasted June 2016.
    BordeauxSaint-Estephe
    Alcohol
    12.5

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    17,5

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Wine Spectator
    96

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Estephe

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Montrose

    Classification
    Second Growth

    Parker
    94+

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

    On Special
    No

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