“One of the best vintages the estate has ever produced”
In June, Robert Parker again tasted the 2010 vintage of Château Montrose, a superb wine which he had given a score of 99 in March 2013. He considers the wine to have “always possessed First Growth potential”.
Joining its 1990 and 2009 vintages at the pinnacle of Parker’s rating system, Château Montrose was given 100/100, a score awarded exceptionally to “extraordinary wine of profound and complex character”.
Robert Parker’s commentary
“This is considered to be among the greatest vintages ever made in Montrose right up with the 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1989, 1990, et 2009. Harvest was September 27 to October 15.
The wine has really come on since I last tasted and it needs at least another 10 years of cellaring. The blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is opaque black/blue, with an incredible nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, with hints of incense, licorice, and acacia flowers.
Tannins are incredibly sweet and very present. The wine is full-bodied, even massive, with great purity, depth and a finish that goes on close to a minute.
This is a 50- to 75-year-old wine that will repay handsomely those with good aging genes. (Note: The Château Montrose website gives an aging potential of 2020-2100.)