2005 Chateau Montrose

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 93+
James Suckling: 96
Jeff Leve: 97
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"Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral, lead to a full-bodied palate. Very chewy, with loads of tannins, yet this follows through with beautifully ripe fruit, mineral and mint. Fascinating. Best after 2012. 25,555 cases made." (WS)

"The 2005 Montrose has a saturated purple color. As backward as one would expect of a St.-Estèphe, it offers notes of sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, earth, graphite and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and still a decade away from prime-time drinkability. This 30+ year wine is clearly outstanding, but not one of the vintage’s most prodigious efforts." (WA)

"($140-$179; 13.2% alcohol) Good bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of plum, flint and nutty oak. Large-scaled, rich and explosive, offering impressive volume and a sensation of power. The ripeness here verges on syrupy and this lush, round wine may well need a decade to lose some of its baby fat and assume its adult shape. The big, ripe tannins coat the teeth." (VM)

"What wonderful nose of minerals, spices, dried flowers and currants. Full and dense, with lovely ripe fruit, yet reserved and telling you that there is so much more to come. Give it at least three to four more years of bottle age. This is just a baby. Tannic! SAQ Website/Find the wine" (JS)

"The most enjoyable wine tasting experiences are usually due to a discovery. It could be a vintage not previously tasted, or a wine could show better and I am forced to rethink my view on that wine. 2005 Montrose tasted last night has me singing me a different tune. Previously, I found the wine impressive, but tannic and masculine. It lacked elegance. That's not my opinion today. Licorice, earth, truffle, cassis and spice aromas required little effort to bring them out. Full bodied and intensely concentrated, this still tannic wine sported a muscular personality, but it was refined and elegant, in a masculine way. The long, powerful, ripe, round, dense finish remained on our palate for over 40 seconds, This will require decades to mature, but due to the ripeness and finesse of the tannins, fans that cannot wait for full maturity will enjoy an outstanding Bordeaux wine. I prefer 2003 Montrose, but make no mistake, 2005 Montrose is an outstanding Bordeaux wine. 97 points - Tasted Jul 25, 2011" (JL)