In 2005, a very serious drought year stressed most vineyards in Bordeaux, which are all dry-farmed. The volume of rainfall was less than half the average of the previous 30 years. The clay subsoils at Montrose have always played a major role in not only dry years, but also in extremely hot ones, such as 2003, as they retain more moisture. The grapes were harvested between September 23 and October 9. This is a very powerful, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, but the tannins are relatively velvety. The wine is rich, complex, majestic, multi-dimensional and also avoids any of the austerity that some 2005s possess. It has done quite well in its bottle evolution and should turn out to be a great Montrose, capable of lasting 30 to 50 years. 96 points, Wine Advocate (8/2014).
The 2005 Montrose has a saturated purple color. As backward as one would expect of a St.-Estèphe, it offers notes of sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, earth, graphite and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, moderately tannic, and still a decade away from prime-time drinkability. This 30+ year wine is clearly outstanding... Drink 2025-2035. 94+ points, Wine Advocate (6/2015).
The 2005 Montrose does not quite measure up to the 2003, but it is a beautiful effort. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc as well as a dollop of Petit Verdot, it possesses an inky/blue/purple colour in addition to a sweet, provocative nose of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and subtle wood. Medium to full-bodied, elegant yet powerful, fresh, and nuanced, the acids are higher and the pH lower in 2005 than in 2002. The 2005 should be a long-lived classic, but patience will be required despite the relatively high alcohol (13.2%), which is counterbalanced by some of the highest tannins ever measured. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035. 92-94 points, Wine Advocate.
Opens with pretty purple flowers, hint of lavender, chilled cassis and builds into mocha/choc richness, red berries then a singe of cedary/smoky oak. Phew. That's just the aromatic profile. The palate is subdued, classic Bordeaux demureness, a seductive entry to the very lithe and surprisingly fresh yet concentrated fruit profile. A gentle grip creeps into the finish of the wine; a baby's hand clutching your finger. The structure of the wine is very finely kept, there are lathed angles and fine boned tannins keeping everything in check but this beast is brooding. Blueberries, mulberry and a handful of crushed green herbs are the primary flavours, but this isn't about stabbing at fruits, it's all about form. I'm no Bordeaux fiend, heavens I appreciate the great wines and can see beauty and deliciousness in many (from all growths and producers) but it's wines like this that can lead you to the path of righteousness.Will last a long, long time too. Immensely impressive. 95+ points, Wine Front (2011).
The Château Montrose 2005 has a quite brilliant bouquet with intense blackberry, cedar and tobacco scents that unfold in compelling fashion -- but don't give too much away. The palate is full-bodied, a Montrose of 'architecture' thanks to its vaulted tannin, perfect acidity and immense precision on the long finish. Everything here feels natural and effortless and yet it is clearly a 50+ year wine. This is a fabulous Montrose, one built like a Bentley. Drink 2020-2060. 96 points, Wine Advocate (2/2015).
Saint -Estèphe, with 1,377 hectares under vine is the largest of the major Bordeaux appellations in the Medoc. Located in the most northern part of the Left Bank, on average, 585,000 cases of wine are produced each year. The soils see a rich mixture of rocks, clay, limestone and gravel that rests on the surface and of course below, deep in the terroir. Beneath the surface lies a complex blend of different soils, sub soils and terroir. Over the past several decades, the general trend in the Saint -Estèphe vineyards has been to add more Merlot, which has added a lot of softness to the tannins and the wines. Merlot works well in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils. in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils.