Chateau Montrose 2002

 1 Jeroboam (5L Bordeaux)
Parker : 89 / 100
Wine Spectator : 92 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2002 Montrose was a little fire-cracker in its youth and I had such high expectations. However, recent showings indicate that its either going through an awkward stage or just running out of steam. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 30 September until 12 October. Here, it has a healthy deep color. So far, so good. The nose is quite closed at first and perhaps even curmudgeonly, reluctantly offering blackberry, charcoal and sandalwood aromas. The palate is masculine, aloof, structured but lacking this Saint Estèphe's customary charm, with a slight dustiness on the finish. It is impressive in a surly way. The question is: Do I wish to drink such a stubborn and surly wine? Tasted January 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Estephe
Vineyard
Medoc

Alcohol
13

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Sustainable

J. Robinson
17.5+

R. Gabriel
18

Wine Spectator
92

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Estephe

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Montrose

Classification
Second Growth

Parker
89

Allergens
Contains sulfites