Chateau Montrose

Review of the Estate

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 of Chateau Montrose took 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 and 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. 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. 

Chateau Montrose has been 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 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.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 169.2 acres

Grape Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot 

Average age of vines: 43 years

Density of plantation: 9,000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 42 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 16,500 per year

Plateau of maturity: 3 - 25 years post-1970, 15 - 25 years pre-1970

 

Chateau Montrose Performance History Graph

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Montrose Performance History Graph

Chateau Angelus Wine List

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Wine

Point Score

Chateau Montrose 1990 100
Chateau Montrose 1991 88
Chateau Montrose 1992 87
Chateau Montrose 1993 87
Chateau Montrose 1994 91
Chateau Montrose 1995 93
Chateau Montrose 1996 91
Chateau Montrose 1997 87
Chateau Montrose 1998 90+
Chateau Montrose 1999 90
Chateau Montrose 2000 95+
Chateau Montrose 2001 91
Chateau Montrose 2002 91
Chateau Montrose 2003 100
Chateau Montrose 2004 91
Chateau Montrose 2005 95
Chateau Montrose 2006 94+
Chateau Montrose 2007 91
Chateau Montrose 2008 95
Chateau Montrose 2009 100
Chateau Montrose 2010 99
Chateau Montrose 2011 91+

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