Harvesting began at chateau Montrose on the 15th of September and a larger-than-usual team of pickers worked quickly and efficiently until the last grapes were brought in on the 8th of October. The grapes were of a very high quality. Parcel selection was particularly rigorous, sometimes requiring repeated passes through a single parcel so that the grapes were picked at optimal ripeness. On arrival at the cellar, the reception line ensured a high degree of precision: the bunches were sorted at three sorting tables and the berries were then sorted twice more, first optically, then by hand. The grapes have been vinified in accordance with Montrose terroir in different vats for each of the 55 lots from which Montrose team will select in final blending of Grand Vin, with 7 additional lots of carefully selected press wines to choose from. The richness of the lots provided an excellent basis for extremely precise selection of the blend for the Grand Vin, the most radical in 15 years. First tastings indicate that 2015 chateau Montrose will rank among the great vintages at Château Montrose.
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The 2015 Montrose is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 15 September and 8 October, the fruit sorted three times using three sorting tables, then an optical sorting machine and finally by hand. Matured in 65% new oak, it possesses some of the best aromatics you will find in the appéllation - billowing blackberry, cassis and boysenberry scents all beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth and a vibrant bead of acidity that lends this Montrose tension from start to finish. The class comes through strongly in this wine, perhaps the best Saint Estèphe this year. Give this a decade in bottle, more if you can, since Montrose tends to repay cellaring.