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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. Montrose, Grand Cru Classe, Saint Estephe, 2016 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot & 7% Cabernet Franc

Ch. Montrose
Grand Cru Classe
Saint Estephe
2016

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The producer

Montrose is one of the two 2nd Growth chateau in Saint-Estephe (the other is Cos d’Estournel). Long considered one of the best estates in Saint-Estephe, located in the eastern end of the commune directly north of the Marbuzet village, and with beautifully ventilated vineyards only 800m from the Gironde River. Construction company Bouygues acquired the estate in 2006 and have invested significantly in the vineyards – defining microclimates and suitability for grape varieties, and in building new cellars.

68 hectares of vineyards with south-east aspect and deep gravel and clay soils are planted with two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, a little less than one third Merlot, and the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Montrose is known today for its concentration, flesh and depth with a fine tannic structure that ensures most vintages will age for decades. This same balance and fruit concentration also makes Montrose accessible much earlier than other wines from the area.

The wine

Fruit is sourced from vineyard plots surrounding the main chateau building, some of which were planted in 1932. The blend varies with vintage conditions but usually includes up to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats of varying size, along with malolactic fermentation, and is followed by ageing for around 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels.

Montrose is known for its concentration, flesh and depth with a fine tannic structure that ensures most vintages will age for decades. This same balance and fruit concentration also makes Montrose accessible much earlier than other wines from the area.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2016
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Saint-Estephe
Grape: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot & 7% Cabernet Franc
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2025 - 2075
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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