2006 Saint-Estephe 2e Cru Classe
This dense and fresh vintage from Saint-Estephe appellation displays a very deep hue. Though still close, the nose suggests great potential, with delicate notes of red fruits (cherry) from the swirl. The vintage length, strength, and precision transcend through a very straight palate. The structure shows tension, with superb, distinguished tannins. The 2006 Chateau Montrose fierce intensity reflects the sappy character of its terroir. Persistent length and freshness on the finish suggest great keep potential -up to 2035.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the château, the 2006 Montrose has mostly been very inconsistent and frankly disappointing for such a consistent estate. Apart from one bottle, I have been unimpressed and there could well be a reason, given that it was a dropped catch between the change in ownership. It is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, picked between 18 September and 3 October. It was the first vintage where green harvesting was conducted all over the estate and yields were 41 hectoliters per hectare. Frankly, this has long been a disappointing Montrose for me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. The nose just lacks fruité and energy, not as green as I have encountered with other bottles, but just missing personality and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied and chewy in the mouth. Where is the precision and the tension? It just feels static and for want of a better word, rather dull on the finish. Sorry, this 2006 has never done it for me. Tasted September 2016.