Imported Red Wines
Direct ImportSainte Estephe, Bordeaux, FRANCE$320.00 Bottle
The Château Montrose 2014 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. It was picked from mid-September via five or six tries through the vineyard. The aromatics represent a clear step in quality from the second wine, attired with far more precision and focus, much more purity with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit, now with touches of violet and vanilla. It is beautifully defined and actually, at least at this juncture, closely aligned with Cos d'Estournel 2014. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that underpin layers of pure mineral-rich black fruit. There is an enthralling sense of energy and precision here and it fans out remarkably on the finish. Dare I say, this is one grand vin that comes perilously close to matching the heights of the 2009 and 2010. This is a brilliant Montrose, one of the best you will find on the Left Bank this vintage. Tasted on five separate occasions, twice at the château. Drink 2020 - 2045
Neal Martin eRobertParker.com # 218 (Apr 2015)
As sleek and tightly coiled as they come, with wonderful purity and cut to the red and black currant and red and black cherry fruit. The long iron spine is thoroughly embedded and a gorgeous echo of charcoal lingers at the very end of the lightly pebbly finish. Everything finally seems to be coming together here.-J.M.
Dense, irony Cabernet nose and deep chalky fruit typical of Montrose. Rich but with clarity and precision, robust yet elegant - one for the long term
This is a fabulous young red with blackberries, currants and wet earth. Full body, firm tannins. Very long finish. It really takes off.
- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2019-2025)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Very deep black dark red core with a dark red hue. Slightly reticent at first, aromas of blackcurrant, a hint of liquorice and ripe mulberry gradually evolve from the glass and build in intensity. Ensuing are subtle scorched earth, vanillin cedar and spice. Medium bodied the palate is quite forward approachable revealing rich ripe blackcurrant and subtle liquorice fruit over mulberry, vanillin cedar, light earth and spice. Good acid structure with cleverly concealed tannins. Excellent length with a savoury, medium to long, red to dark fruit laced finish.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
The 2016 Sérilhan has a wonderful, quite high-toned and generous bouquet with ample blackberry and raspberry scents laced with violet and hints of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip in the mouth, quite symmetrical and focused with impressive precision on the finish. This feels dialed back in terms of power to the benefit of this elegant Saint-Estèphe. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Drink 2019-2034.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Layered and very intense with dark-fruit and spice character. Hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, juicy and fruity. Long finish. Best ever from here?