Chateau Montrose 2004

Chateau Montrose
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2004 Chateau Montrose, Cru Classé St-Estèphe 70cl, The Wine Advocate score 90 points

2004 Montrose comes with ripe wild strawberry, dried flowers, cedar-wood and a hint of dried honey

Tasting notes, Robert Parker, 90 points
An impressive effort for the vintage, the 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 15+ years.

Tasting notes, Neal Martin, 91 points
The Montrose ’04 has a delightful bouquet that is feminine for Montrose with ripe wild strawberry, dried flowers, cedar-wood and a hint of dried honey. Very fine delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm entry, well judged acidity with great precision and poise. The finish is fresh and harmonious, thought it perhaps lacks the joie-de-vivre and the ambition of a top-tier Montrose. Tight on the finish, but still, this has much to offer and deserves another 5-6 years cellaring. Drink 2015-2030
The mix of grape varieties at Montrose, with Cabernet Sauvignon predominant (60% of the vines), is typical of the finest Médoc estates. Cabernet Sauvignon gives its best on warm, gravelly and permeable soil with clay subsoil which helps to store the water the vines need in drought conditions. The Garonne gravel terroirs found at Montrose are its preferred home.
Parcels of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Petit Verdot (2%) are also planted where the soil suits them best, enabling the grapes to reach full maturity and express the complexity typical of the terroir.

Main characteristics of the vintage 2004
After a cold and dry winter, the vineyard enjoyed a very fair weather in spring. After 3 years of little crop, 2004 is characterized by its big quantity and generous size of the grapes. We had to pay a particular attention to the management of our parcels in order to avoid a harmful overproduction. Summer was not to hot; July was dry and August was rainy .Like in 2002, the month of September was very sunny. High temperature and cool nights blocked any rotting development. Hints of anthocyanins were particularly high. The fullness of the grapes gave very well balanced and tannic wines. After the richness of 2003, 2004 was a more classical wine, without austerity, showing an extreme finesse and a level of elegance rarely reached at Montrose.

Period of harvest September 24th – October 15th

Blend Cabernet-Sauvignon: 64 %, Merlot: 32 %, Cabernet franc: 3 %, Petit Verdot: 1 %
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