Château Montrose 2005, Saint-Estèphe

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Chateau Montrose 2005 is a dense purple colour, almost black. The complex nose is still rather closed, but exudes fragrances of rich black fruit, spices and dark chocolate. Long, full, powerful and complex on the palate offering up intermixed aromas of morello cherry, cocoa, liquorice, tobacco and prune. Full bodied and very structured with beautiful length and precise, linear tannins.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Estèphe
Vintage: 2005
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Classically built
Drink With: Sirloin steak

At Château Montrose, 2005 was known as the year of drought. The water deficit was constant and alarming: by the time of the harvest, the volume of rainfall was less than half the average quantity of the past 30 years. Once again the clay sub-soils of Montrose played an important role in retaining what moisture there was. On the other hand, the temperatures remained beneficial, particularly during the summer when the diurnal swing between hot days and cool nights ripened the grapes perfectly.

The 2005 vintage of Château Montrose impresses by its exceptional power, the amazingly pure fruit, and the extraordinary engaging elegance without the overwhelming ripeness of the 2003. Stylistically this is very classical and very Bordeaux-like, without any austerity. Harvested between 23rd September and 9th October, it is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot matured for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
In 2005, a very serious drought year stressed most vineyards in Bordeaux, which are all dry farmed. The volume of rainfall was less than half the average of the previous 30 years. The clay subsoils at Montrose have always played a major role in not only dry years, but also in extremely hot ones, such as 2003, as they retain more moisture. The grapes were harvested between September 23 and October 9. 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. It has done quite well in its bottle evolution and should turn out to be a great Montrose, capable of lasting 30 to 50 years. 96 Points

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
Dark and chewy and much sweeter and less rigorous than usual. Perhaps because the tannins are so exceptionally ripe. Deep and dense with very fine depth – more lift than the samples of Cos tasted, though perhaps not the sheer density and solidity. Very fine dry mouthful. Fine tannins. Quite sinewy. Very nice neat refreshing though far from obtrusive acidity. Very fine and the power is relatively well hidden. The infamous IPT (tannin index) was apparently even higher here than at Cos – though perhaps we don’t want to get into a competition in this respect. 18.5 Points

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