2017 Chateau Montrose La Dame de Montrose Saint-Estephe, France
Château Montrose is located in Bordeaux’s Saint-Estèphe appellation. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen 2èmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The soil in Montrose's 168 acres (0.68 km2) uniquely consists of gravel and black sand with a subsoil of clay and marl. They are planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25%Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Château Montrose produces two red wines: its eponymous Grand Vin, and La Dame de Montrose, its second wine. The 1970 vintage was placed third among the ten California and French red wines at the historic Judgment of Paris wine competition.
Rated 93 points Wine Enthusiast
Dense, dark garnet color, drawing on purple in its youth. The bouquet reveals notes of cassis, violet, mocha, vanilla, spices and licorice. The wines of Saint-Estèphe have strong tannins and thus reach their maturity more slowly than most other appellations. They offer black fruits, a note of freshness, often a woody or smoky aspect and a floral touch.