Chateau Montrose 1990

Review of the Estate

Chateau Montrose began as a plot of heather-covered land that was bequeathed to Théodore Dumoulin by his father Etienne. The land at Chateau Montrose was originally part of the Calon-Ségur estate that Etienne acquired in 1778. By 1820, Théodore had constructed a small chateau and vine plantings were already underway. Eventually the area was split from the greater Calon-Ségur estate and was renamed as Montrose-Ségur. By 1855 it had expanded to 50 hectares and was known simply as Chateau Montrose. At this point it was also classified as a deuxième cru (Second Growth).

Eventually Chateau Montrose was sold to M. Mathieu Dolfus, shortly after the passing of Théodore. Under Dolfus, the cellars at Chateau Montrose were greatly expanded and he invested heavily in estate developments and infrastructure. This included the creation of a programme that provided benefits for vineyard workers and the construction of a small railway to transport wine from Chateau Montrose down to the riverside.

Soon after Dolfus passed away, in 1896 Chateau Montrose came into the ownership of the Charmolüe family, who safely shepherded the chateau through the phylloxera epidemic and two World Wars, including the recovery process after the estate suffered bomb damage in WWII.

In 2006 Chateau Montrose was purchased from the Charmolüe family by brothers Martin & Olivier Bouygues and they remain the current owners. However, in recognition of the important role that the Charmolüe family played in the history of Chateau Montrose, the name of the estate’s second wine, La Dame de Montrose (named for Yvonne Charmolüe, who ran the estate from 1944 to 1960) remains unchanged.

 

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

 

 

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Robert Parker Montrose 1990 Review

Score: 100 Points

I have had the 1990 Montrose on four separate occasions over the last several months, and I have consistently rated it either 99 or 100. Three of the bottles came from my cellar, and one was tasted at the chateau. None of them revealed any brett, which is not the case with bottles that were exposed to heat, or had bad storage issues. The wine remains a blockbuster, an inky/ruby/purple-colored effort revealing stunning concentration, amazingly high glycerin, and abundant amounts of sweet black fruits intermixed with notions of earth and spice. It is a fleshy, full-bodied St.-Estephe with atypically high amounts of fatness and fruit extract, but it is settling down nicely and seems set for another 2-3 decades of longevity. Many have felt the 1989 Montrose is better, and it is getting closer to meriting a three digit score, but it remains more tannic and backward.

Score: 100                Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

 

Chateau Montrose 1990 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Montrose 1990 £3,756 £5,136 £1,380 36.74%

Chateau Montrose Wine List

Montrose 1990 Montrose 1991 Montrose 1992
Montrose 1993 Montrose 1994 Montrose 1995
Montrose 1996 Montrose 1997 Montrose 1998
Montrose 1999 Montrose 2000 Montrose 2001
Montrose 2002 Montrose 2003 Montrose 2004
Montrose 2005 Montrose 2006 Montrose 2007
Montrose 2008 Montrose 2009 Montrose 2010
Montrose 2011    

 

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