Château Montrose 2019

$133.95
Futures   Wine is usually aged for 12-18 months in the barrels before bottling. Delivery dates depend on the bottling schedule.
SKU
3969-2019
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• Domaine: Château Montrose
• Appellation: Saint-Estèphe
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar

Château Montrose is a force to be reckoned with.  Nicknamed the "Latour of St-Estéphe," these wines are hyper-masculine dynamos with extraordinary concentration.  They are often described as, "enormous," with very impressive tannins after decades of ageing.  These wines don’t ask for time in the cellar -- they demand it.

This esteemed Second Growth was known as a hunting area before it was acquired by the legendary Alexandre Segur in the 18th Century.  Alexandre had a lot of experience in the wine trade.  He was the proud owner of Château Lafite, Château Mouton, and Château Latour.  Château Montrose was part of a much larger property that Alexandre Segur had acquired called Château Calon Segur. He gave the property to his son who sold it to Etienne Durmoulin.

Eventually, Etienne Durmoulin created Château Montrose because the terroir was different from the surrounding area. Château Montrose received its namesake because of the pink heather that grew on the surrounding hillside.  When it bloomed, the hill burst into various shades of shocking pink.  The French word for “pink” is rose, and thus the estate earned its name, “Mont Rose,” – or the pink mountain.   The estate was classified as a Second Growth in 1855 and acquired by the Charmolue family.  Louis Charmolue was born at the esteemed St-Emilion producer, Château Figeac. Château Montrose stayed in possession of the Charmolue family for three generations.  Under their leadership, the Château became one of the first properties in Bordeaux to bottle wine at their own estate.  

In the 21st Century, Château Montrose was acquired by the Bouygues family after Thomas Bouygues tasted the exalted vintage of 1989 Château Montrose.  He loved the wine so much he decided if he ever could, he would purchase Château Montrose someday.  His dreams came true when the opportunity presented itself in 2006 and he eagerly bought the estate.  The Bouygues family hired a viticultural dream team that included Jean Bernard Delmas, the previous executive director from Château Haut-Brion and Herve Berland of Château Mouton Rothschild as gerant or manager.  They made sweeping changes to the estate.  Most notably, they wanted Château Montrose to be as environmentally sustainable as possible.  

Château Montrose primarily uses geothermal energy to run its operations, with additional solar and wind energy as well.  The estate also uses a hail canon that sends out ultrasonic waves to protect the vineyard from damage caused by hailstorms that plague Bordeaux.  The team at Château Montrose has also set the goal to be 100% organically farmed by 2025 -- an impressive feat for this 95-hectare vineyard.   The porous soil contains 60% of Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, 32% Merlot plantings, 6% Cabernet Franc plantings and 2% Petit Verdot plantings.  

These beautifully firm and complex wines can last for decades and are certainly not ones to drink in their youth.  Many who have been fortunate enough to taste the 1921 vintage still say it’s in great shape!  With the new winemaking team at Château Montrose, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.

Tasting Notes

Château Montrose was one of the few producers to refrain from dispatching barrel samples of the 2019 vintage to wine critics around the world via courier during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  They view this as a necessary measure to ensure uniform impressions of wine.  At the risk of overzealous stage managing, they find such caution warranted in order to safeguard the integrity of their brand.  Please stay tuned for tasting notes once the wine is available. 


More Information
Brand Chateau Montrose
Shipping Weight 3.000000
Stock Status Futures
Appellation Saint-Estèphe

Notes on sale of Futures, Pre-Arrivals, and potential US Tariffs: 

1.  As of June 15, 2021, the US and the EU reached an agreement to suspend tariffs resulting from the Boeing-Airbus aircraft trade disputes.  Such tariffs are now suspended for the next 5 years.

2.  Futures are expected to be available for delivery 2 years following the sales (e.g. the 2019 vintage, sold in 2020, will be delivered in 2022).

3.  Pre-Arrivals are items currently stored in our Bordeaux cellar, or in transit from France to the US.  It usually takes 1-6 months for Pre-Arrivals to become available for delivery, depending on the stage of the import process.

4.  As far as futures and pre-arrivals are concerned, we cannot guarantee specific delivery dates which may be impacted by factors beyond our control.  We will notify you once your wines have arrived in our cellar.

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