Today’s big hitter has entered the fold, Chateau Montrose 2019, priced at £1,200 per case of 12, or £600 per case of six. This marks a £364 discount to the 2018 release price, or a 23% discount. This is exciting news, St. Estephe once again cementing itself as one of the villages of the vintage. Montrose 2019 chose not to send any samples abroad and as such Decanter’s Bordeaux expert, an English rose living among French Thorns, Jane Anson is the only score on the board and was able to make the trip to the Chateau proper. Anson has awarded it 98 points saying, ‘Oh this is good, it steals up on you with real depth of flavour, stately and concentrated in a way that reminds me of a 1996 or a 2016.’ This promises so much, with Montrose and Cos d’Estournel locked in a price and quality battle, we can derive much from one to the other. Cos d’Estournel has been awarded 97-99+ from The Wine Advocate, 96-98 from Neal Martin and 98-99 from James Suckling. It was released at £1,368, thus Montrose has released itself from the pricing competition, yet the quality surely matches its neighbour. Had it been scored by the full complement (I am unsure of the correct collective noun for critic) we can imagine the price would certainly have been 10-15% higher.

The 2019 campaign, now confirmed by all as a truly great vintage, is one defined by discount to equivalent vintages. Glancing at the table below would suggest a score of 97 points or above would make this an exceptional buy. The 2009 and 2010 vintages trade at £1,710 and £2,100 per case of 12 with the 2016 at £1,450. In this respect the 2019 which will surely achieve this level in the coming months, offers a superb discount. We recommend this highly, it is one to secure now before all barrel scores are released, the Chateau won’t release anymore until it is in bottle, so all trading will be on the secondary market.

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Chateau Montrose is a Bordeaux colossus, regarded amongst the very best Estates in the world. It is famed for its wonderful deep crimson colour, combining richness and strong firm tannins; complexity, freshness and harmony of fruit. Its unique micro-climate, due to its proximity to the Gironde, means that Montrose escapes frost and has a capacity to make good wine in less consistent vintages and truly exceptional wines in great vintages.

In addition to the brilliant first wine, Chateau Montrose also make one of the finest second wines – Dame Montrose. This has been released today for £316 per case of 12, or £158 per case of six. It tells the story of the Estate’s brilliant terroir and exacting commitment to quality and as such it comes as no surprise Anson has awarded it 94 points in 2019, which apparently also bears a new label with rose gold roses across it. This is brilliant value at £26 a bottle.