What is there to say about Chateau Montrose besides that this is a historic Saint-Estèphe that has shown incredible success for several decades. The wines are built like a tank but also find a way to take your taste buds on a joy ride that makes you question why you do not have more in your cellar.
The 2009 and 2010 vintage were rated 100-Points from Robert Parker and he even goes to say that the 2010 is “the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009.” (RP100).
With being priced under $350 a bottle, this is a wine that has to be deep in the cellar. Why? You will be tempted to keep pulling these bottles to share with anyone and everyone. The greatest reward is going to be seeing this at age 30 and 40. If you want to get a look at the trajectory for these wines…open and 1989 or 1990 Montrose. Yeah…that is where its going!
"A brilliant wine that stands out as one of the high points of the vintage, the 2009 Montrose unwinds in the glass with a rich and incipiently complex bouquet of dark berries, cigar wrapper and loamy soil, framed by a deftly judged touch of new oak. Full-bodied, broad and enveloping, it's a velvety, layered and impressively dynamic wine that's deep and concentrated, exhibiting terrific balance and a long, resonant finish. While it is still five or six years away from showing all its cards, I have drunk this benchmark for contemporary Montrose with immense pleasure three times this year. In style, it's hard to find an obvious comparison (and I have drunk Montrose back to 1895), but I would be inclined to invoke a fresher, more complete and more powerful version of the estate's very successful 2003"
100, Wine Advocate
"This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose, right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990 and 2009. Harvest was October 15 to 17. The wine has really come on since I last tasted it, and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers. Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute. This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes. (Note: The Chateau Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2100.)"
100, Wine Advocate