Chateau Montrose 2016 - Case of 6 Bottles (75cl)
The 2016 Montrose is picked between 23 September to 14 October and matured in 60% new oak. It has a very sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, briary, a touch of blue fruit and violets. Sometimes this Saint Estèphe can be a little broody at en primeur, but this certainly is more expressive, maintaining very fine delineation and precision, unfolding with each swirl of the glass and revealing a hidden graphite/marine influence. The palate is very fresh on the entry. The first facet of this wine that strikes you is the freshness that lasts from start to finish. This is an animated, vivacious Montrose that starts in almost understated fashion yet builds in the mouth towards what is almost a sensual finish, not a descriptor often applied to Montrose. It is a disarmingly and hauntingly beautiful 2016, extremely long and the aftertaste lasting two or three minutes. NB This is one example where I felt my second visit, over a fortnight after the first, revealed a wine with much greater potential, and I therefore raised my banded score accordingly. Drink 2026 - 2060.
Country/Region: France, Saint Estephe
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 68%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 7% (no Petit Verdot this year)
Packaging: OWC - 6x750ml
Robert Parker: 97-99 /100