2014 Chateau Montrose

Year: 2014
Appellation: Saint-Estephe
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 97
James Suckling: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 97--Jeff Leve: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$124.95

JUST MIND-BLOWING FOR THE PRICE!!

"This is seriously built, with an admirable core of red and black currant paste and bitter plum fruit inlaid with notes of tobacco, bay and smoldering charcoal. The finish is ramrod straight thanks to an iron girder supporting everything with ease. A tremendous effort for the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2035. –JM " (WS)

"Tasted at the château, the 2014 Montrose builds on the promise it showed in barrel with gorgeous blackberry, raspberry, cedar and orange sorbet scents that are extremely pure and refined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very precise acidity and layers of crisp black fruit laced with vanilla from the new oak at the moment. That will be subsumed in time. What you have here is a very precise, multi-layered, almost sensual Montrose that is going to delight many for years to come. This is highly recommended-one of the finest Left Bank wines this vintage. Tasted September 2016." (WA)

"The 2014 Montrose is without question one of the standout wines of the vintage. Black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and lavender are some of the many aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. But the 2014 is a much deeper wine than just a bunch of descriptors can conjure. In 2014, Montrose is a wine of exceptional finesse and polish. The late-ripening vintage allowed for perfect maturation of the tannins and resulted in a silky wine that exudes class and pedigree. The 2014 is not an obvious or bombastic Montrose, but rather a wine of sublime enchantment. Don't miss it!" (VM)

"Incredible aromas of currants, blackberries, slate and flowers. Full-bodied yet so tight and beautiful with superb polish and brightness. The length is fantastic. Truly superb. Drink in 2021." (JS)

"This is a very fine wine showing a new level of quality at Montrose. With its almost velvet tannins inside the intense black fruits, the wine is rich, smooth and generous. Blackberry and black-plum fruits are to the fore along with the fine acidity and great structure. A wine to age for decades, it will be ready to drink from 2027." (WE)

"Roasted nuts are the first thing you catch, as you begin nosing the wine. Tobacco leaf and cassis are next in line. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, fresh, vibrant and classy. There is a strict, but refined quality here, ending with dark, dense, spicy fruits that linger. The wine was produced from a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 95 points - Tasted Mar 30, 2017" (JL)