2005 Chateau Montrose 375 ml

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93+
Jeff Leve: 94
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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 is an exceptionally tannic, broodingly backward offering displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with a provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries. It continues to add weight and richness, good traits considering the substantial, forbiddingly high tannin levels and zesty acidity. If you are over the age of fifty, this backward, powerful wine will probably be more enjoyable to your descendants. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040+" (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." (IWC)

"Caramel, spice, black currants, black cherry and tobacco notes make up the nose. Tannic, full bodied and concentrated, as well as tight. Not very expressive in the mouth. This wine is sleeping and needs at least another decade before it beings to open. This is not in the class of the great vintages for Montrose like 89, 90 or 03" (JL)