||Tasted at the château, the 2006 Montrose has mostly been very inconsistent and frankly disappointing for such a consistent estate. Apart from one bottle, I have been unimpressed and there could well be a reason, given that it was a "dropped catch" between the change in ownership. It is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, picked between 18 September and 3 October. It was the first vintage where green harvesting was conducted all over the estate and yields were 41 hectoliters per hectare. Frankly, this has long been a disappointing Montrose for me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. The nose just lacks fruité and energy, not as green as I have encountered with other bottles, but just missing personality and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied and chewy in the mouth. Where is the precision and the tension? It just feels static and for want of a better word, rather dull on the finish. Sorry, this 2006 has never done it for me. Tasted September 2016.
Le Château MONTROSE est situé sur la commune de Saint-Estèphe. Les 95 hectares de vignes entourent le château d'un seul tenant. Ils bénéficient sur l'appellation d'une formidable situation, face à la Gironde sur des graves pyrénéennes mélangées à du sable noir qui devient ferrugineux à 60 cm de profondeur. La famille Charmolüe, propriétaire depuis maintenant plus d'un siècle, a toujours entretenu une viticulture d'excellence et un travail au chai très suivi.Celui-ci a d'ailleurs été récemment rénové.