(2007 Vintage) Apart from April being hot and dry, at the time the buds were opening, 2007 was notable for being warm and humid, with some rain, up until August. Autumn (September and October) was very dry and sunny, perfect for the ripening of the grapes. Again, this year, Montrose’s unique terroir played its important part with both the soil and the microclimate. Also, the permanent breeze from the Gironde combined with aeration of the grapes by careful « effeuillage » (removal of part of the leaf canopy) and a moderate green harvest hindered the development of mildew and grey rot. Time spent in the vineyard was most important this year, but this work (green harvest, preventative measures, and treatments) was essential to ensure perfectly healthy vines. Thus, we followed the maturity of the grapes with great confidence and were able to make our selection from evenly ripened parcels, high in quality and maturity.
Very pretty aromas of blackberries, spices and milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Still tight but refined and long. Just as I remember. Best after 2008. 12,500 cases made. -- J.S. 07/10/2012 Aromas of vanilla, dark fruit, compote, dried fruit and spice. Pronounced sweetness and chocolatey richness in the mouth. Balanced, with a chunky frame. Drink 2012-2016. Alc: 13%. (15.17 points) Decanter
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
Robert Parker(2009 Vintage) Rating: 100/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/21/2014
Wine Spectator(1921 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/06
Wine Spectator(1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage) Concentrated, Cassis, Mineral, Full-bodiedWine Advocate - 2nd Growth, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France- "Boasts aromas of new oak, jammy black currants, smoke, minerals, and new saddle leather. This multi-layered wine is rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a nicely-textured, concentrated mid-palate, and an impressively long finish."