2012 Saint-Estephe Deuxieme Cru Classe
Despite the contrasted conditions in 2012, Chateau Montrose included another superior release in their illustrious collection of the past decade.
The 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot display a vibrant, deep purple colour. The first nose is quite closed. Elegant red fruits, black currant bud, and eucalyptus notes are revealed with the swirl. The palate is fresh and forward. The mid-palate is full, strong, and silky. The finish is incredibly long, with hints of anise and brioche. This Saint-Estephe 2e Cru Classe is intense yet distinguished.
Parker : 93 / 100
J. Suckling : 94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the château, the 2012 Montrose is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 24 September and 20 October. It underwent a particularly long maceration period between 26 and 28 days. It offers more fruit intensity than the 2011 Montrose with blackberry, raspberry and bilberry scents, quite backward and primal yet well defined. The aromatics almost mock you because returning after ten minutes, there are glimpses of underlying dried herb and mineral notes. The palate is medium-bodied, intense and very focused, clearly with more depth and sinew than the 2011, yet displaying impressive precision and energy on the finish, which bodes well for the long-term. Tasted September 2016.