ABOUT THE WINE
Originally a hunting estate owned by Alexandre de Segur, known as La Lande de l'Escargeon, the estate that would come to be known as Montrose passed into the ownership of Etienne Dumoulin in 1778, whose son built the chateau. The name was derived from the heather-clad hills, which would turn pink when the flowers were in bloom; sailors on ships passing through the Gironde Estuary called the hill upon which the chateau was built la Mont Rose. By 1815 the estate was regarded as one of the finest in Saint-Estephe. Many owners later, the estate was purchased by the Bouygues brothers in 2006; renovations have followed, including work to expand the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon planted. The second-wine was first released in 1983, and typically accounts for 30% of the production of the estate.
12 months in 30% new oak barrels to produce a more accessible style than the Grand Vin; this is nevertheless regarded as one of the more powerfully structured second wines from Bordeaux. In keeping with the priorities of the new owner, the second wine is dominated by Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon reserved for the Grand Vin. Bright violet colour, with cassis and raspberry aromas, and a floral, red-fruited palate with mocha, cedar and dusty, fine-grained tannin on the finish. A classic style, ready for drinking now, after 10 years.
Best with rich stews and beef-dishes.
The exposed terroir of Montrose protected the estate from the dangers of rot in this vintage, providing an excess of quality fruit, of great benefit to the second-wine.
ABOUT THE WINE