As the En Primeur campaign approaches its peak, we are thrilled to announce another exceptional release, Chateau Montrose, offered today at £770 per six or £1,540 per 12 IB. A stalwart of Saint Estephe and ‘Super Second’ growth Chateau Montrose has a long-standing reputation as one of the finest wines of Bordeaux. In 2006, Montrose was purchased by billionaire brothers Martin and Olivier Bouygues. This marked a significant spike in investment for the Chateau with some 20 million Euros being spent in the last 15 years. Notable projects include a new barrel hall combining cutting-edge technology with traditional 18th Century architecture and a seven year development of new low-energy buildings. Montrose has everything going for it, not to mention its exceptional 95-hectare terroir which geologists call “elite cores” – millions of years of complex geological layering.

The 2020 vintage has so far only been tasted and scored by Jane Anson of Decanter who awards a towering 98 points. Anson admires the “serious wall of blueberry and blackberry compote, and a ton of savoury Cabernet sinew and freshness” along with “the precision, the heft, the chiselling of the fruits with a ton of graphite, cigar box and campfire smoke – huge persistency”. We could not agree more, the 2020 Montrose perfectly balances sheer opulence and grandeur with a precision and freshness that marks this exceptional vintage.

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 de Montrose. This has been released today at £175 IB per six or £350 per 12 IB. Stylistically Dame de Montrose is a more fruit forward, Merlot dominated blend and offers immense drinking pleasure straight off the bat. With its inaugural vintage in 1983, Dame de Montrose has shown great consistency year on year and has garnered a huge following for those seeking top-value claret from one of the most decorated estates in Bordeaux. Jane Anson, scoring a stellar 92 points, praises the “classicism” of the 2020 Dame de Montrose, with a “ton of dark fruits on offer in the form of cassis, bilberry, blackcurrant, brambles of blackberry and raspberry, a ton of spice and sinew”. At only £29 per bottle IB Dame de Montrose offers phenomenal value, hailing from the same plots and adhering to the same rigorous selection standards as the Grand Vin.