Chateau Montrose 1995

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Chateau Montrose 1995

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" An explosively rich, exotic, fruity Montrose, the 1995 displays even more fat and extract than the 1996. There is less Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1995 blend, resulting in a fuller-bodied, more accessible and friendlier style. The wine exhibits an opaque black/ruby/purple color, as well as a ripe nose of black fruits, vanillin, and licorice. Powerful yet surprisingly accessible (the tannin is velvety and the acidity low), this terrific example of Montrose should be drinkable at a young age. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2028."  93 Parker

Chateau Montrose is known today for it’s powerful, full bodied Bordeaux wine. But that is not what the property was originally known for. In fact, before Bordeaux wine was produced at the estate, it earned fame for being a hunting area.

That all changed when Alexandre de Ségur, who also owned numerous, other illustrious Bordeaux wine properties such as Chateau Mouton, Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour, gave the property to his son, Nicolas Alexandre. Alexandre did not keep the property long. In 1778, he sold it to Etienne Theodore Dumoulin. At that point in time, the true birth Chateau Montrose takes place.

Next, thanks to the direction of Etienne’s son Theodore, the land was cleared and the first vineyards were planted. The family built the chateau, added making facilities ad by 1815, Chateau Montrose was already well known for their unique St. Estephe wines.

How did Chateau Montrose get its name? According to local legend, when the heather was in flower, the hillsides turned pink. Keep in mind, pink is rose in French. In time, sailors on the river referred to the area as Mont Rose. Due to that local strain of dialect, the owner, the Dumoulin family eventually followed along with the sailors and began calling the Left Bank estate, Chateau Montrose.

In 1861, Chateau Montrose was sold to Mathieu Dollfus. Dollfus rebuilt Chateau Montrose from top to bottom. He constructed apartments for the estate workers and erected new farm buildings too. By 1880, a small village was created on the grounds of Chateau Montrose.

In 1896, the next major chapter in the history of Chateau Montrose took place when the estate became property of the Charmolue family. The new owner, Louis Victor Charmoule had a long history in the Bordeaux wine trade as he was born at Chateau Figeac in St. Emilion. By marriage, he acquired Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Chateau Pomys, also located in the St. Estephe appellation. Chateau Montrose remained in the Charmolüe family for three generations.

Montrose has producing one of the best wines in all of Bordeaux for centuries. In fact, the inspiration to purchase the estate by the the Bouygues brothers came after tasting the exalted 1989 Chateau Montrose. Thomas Bouygues was heard to state that the wine was so good, if he ever had the chance to purchase the famous estate, he would buy it. In 2006, that is exactly what took place.

In May 2006, Jean Louis Charmolue sold the estate in 2006 to the Bouygues brothers. For the Bouygues family, it was the perfect addition to their massive business portfolio. In fact, they added a neighboring Bordeaux property to their holdings a short time later, Chateau Tronquoy Lalande.

The new owners of Chateau Montrose, the Bouygues brothers quickly began an intensive renovation project that was completed in time for the 2013 harvest at a cost of close to 55 million Euros! The renovations were designed by the respected architects, Yves Gremont and Bernard Mazieres. One of the key mandates for the renovations was to ensure Chateau Montrose was as green and environmentally conscious as possible. Similar to what was accomplished at Chateau Tronquoy Lalande, Chateau Montrose will obtain as much of its energy though the use of solar, wind and water with the use of a sophisticated geothermal energy systems. To aid in this effort, custom insulation hat is up to three feet thick and windows that are as deep as 1 inch are in place.

Along with the massive improvements and renovations at Chateau Montrose, after purchasing the estate, the new owners brought one of the more popular and revered figures in Bordeaux out of retirement to manage both, Chateau Montrose and Chateau Tronquoy Lalande. Jean Bernard Delmas. Delmas was director of Chateau Haut Brion for decades until he retired and was replaced by his son. The elder Delmas is in charge of both Chateau Tronquoy Lalande and Chateau Montrose. Aside from modernizing the wine making facilities at Chateau Montrose during the renovation, the Bouygues brothers added numerous changes that were environmentally sound at their Medoc estate.

They installed a geothermal pumping technology that is used for cooling as well as heating. Striving to be as green and energy efficient as possible, they added solar power as well to Chateau Montrose. This was quite a change for the traditional estate.

The 94 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Montrose has a terroir of gravel, typical of the St. Estephe appellation with sand and some clay. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot with vines that are on average close to 40 years of age. The vine density is 9,000 vines per hectare. In 2010, Chateau Montrose purchased 22 hectares of Bordeaux wine vineyards from Phelan Segur. The purchased vines consisted of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This purchase increased the vineyard of Chateau Montrose up to its current size of 94 hectares. Vines are replaced slowly at Chateau Montrose. On average, the vines reach between 40 and 60 years of age before they are replaced and replanted. The oldest vines date back to 1933! At 94 hectares in a single parcel, it’s relatively unique in Bordeaux.

For the wine of Chateau Montrose, the vinification takes place in 59 temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks of various size. The vats range in size 200 hectoliters to 50 hectoliters. There are 40, 200 hectoliter tanks, 4 130 hectoliter tanks, 9, 100 liter hectoliter tanks, 4, 80 hectoliter tanks and 2 smaller, 50 hectoliter tanks. These 59 tanks allow for more precision during the vinification of Chateeau Montrose. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. Frequent pump overs are part of the wine making practices at the estate. The wine of Chateau Montrose is aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months. There is a second wine, Le Dame de Montrose.

Chateau Montrose is a powerful Bordeaux wine. It’s big, dense and masculine. At times, the wine can display a barnyard, or horse smell.

Producent Chateau Montrose
Jaar 1995
Appellation Saint Estephe
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering 93