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Originally rated 96, this wine confirmed its early rating, although again, the backwardness and still very obvious tannins suggest another 7- to 8-year wait. Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied , rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. For a wine that is already 10 years of age, it remains infantile.
Second growth classified in 1855. With its terroir of big gravels located by the river Gironde, its classic and powerful style, Montrose is often called the Latour of Saint Estephe. Montrose needs time to express its incomparable delicacy. In the first decade, its fantastic potential are hidden behind a certain austerity. In the second decade, the wines open themselves. In the third decade, they explose and the terroir expresses itself. In the hands of the family Charmolle from 1896 to 2006, it is now run by Martin and Olivier Bouygues.
Owner: Martin & Olivier Bouygues
Manager: Philippe de Laguarigue
Cellar master: Laurent Savovitch-Vuk
Vineyard manager: Bruno Sauquet
Oenologist: Pascal Ribéreau Gayon
Blend of the 2000 vintage: 4% Cabernet Franc, 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Ageing: 65% in new barrels
Area: 68 hectares
Average age of the vines: 41 years
Yield: 41 hectolitres per hectare
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