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Château Montrose 2002

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Parker : 89 / 100
J. Robinson : 17.5+ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2002 Montrose was a little fire-cracker in its youth and I had such high expectations. However, recent showings indicate that its either going through an awkward stage or just running out of steam. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked from 30 September until 12 October. Here, it has a healthy deep color. So far, so good. The nose is quite closed at first and perhaps even curmudgeonly, reluctantly offering blackberry, charcoal and sandalwood aromas. The palate is masculine, aloof, structured but lacking this Saint Estèphe's customary charm, with a slight dustiness on the finish. It is impressive in a surly way. The question is: Do I wish to drink such a stubborn and surly wine? Tasted January 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Estephe
Alcohol
13

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Sustainable viticulture

J. Robinson
17.5+

R. Gabriel
18

Wine Spectator
92

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Estephe

Color
Red

Producer
Château Montrose

Classification
2e cru classe

Parker
89

Allergens
Contains sulphites

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