2003 Chateau Montrose St. Estephe
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105 Ratings
2003 Chateau Montrose St. Estephe

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1995 Vintage) Good depth of color and a tight and compact nose of dark black fruits and eucalyptus. Very generous fruit on the palate accompanied by fine, ripe tannins. A very good finish.

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    WA97+ Drink 2010-2030 Very deep garnet-black colour. The nose is a little closed giving moderately intense aromas of blackberry, ripe cassis, freshly cracked black pepper and a touch of cedar. The palate reveals this wine’s potential with buckets of juicy, warm berry fruit seasoned with a smattering of earth and spice. Finely structured giving medium to firm, tightly knit tannins and medium+ acidity. Very long, purely fruited finish. Drink 2010 t0 2030+. Tasted March 2009. By Lisa Perrotti-Brown The enormous 2003 Montrose is built along the lines of the 1989 rather than the 1990. It boasts a dense black/purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of scorched earth, blackberries, and cassis, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture, and substantial tannin in the finish. This superb, huge, ripe wine is one of the vintage’s most prodigious offerings. However, patience will be essential for anyone purchasing this 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035. By Robert Parker

    over 3 years
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    WA97+ Drink 2010-2030 Very deep garnet-black colour. The nose is a little closed giving moderately intense aromas of blackberry, ripe cassis, freshly cracked black pepper and a touch of cedar. The palate reveals this wine’s potential with buckets of juicy, warm berry fruit seasoned with a smattering of earth and spice. Finely structured giving medium to firm, tightly knit tannins and medium+ acidity. Very long, purely fruited finish. Drink 2010 t0 2030+. Tasted March 2009. By Lisa Perrotti-Brown The enormous 2003 Montrose is built along the lines of the 1989 rather than the 1990. It boasts a dense black/purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of scorched earth, blackberries, and cassis, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture, and substantial tannin in the finish. This superb, huge, ripe wine is one of the vintage’s most prodigious offerings. However, patience will be essential for anyone purchasing this 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035. By Robert Parker

    over 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Decanter
    (From 1989 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Divine, complex and wonderful nose of damson and tobacco, with a hint of leather and tar. Soft, spicy blackcurrant and damson fruit on the palate, with wonderful extract, firm tannins and good acidity. Real breeding here!
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2001
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 1998 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1921 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/06
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96