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La Dame de Montrose 2014, Saint Estephe

RM279.20

Second wine of Chateau Montrose
Alcohol: 13.5%
Size: 750ml

Grape Variety:

Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Petit Verdot 5%

Tasting notes

The wine has a crimson tint.
Spice and ripe fruit aromas mingle on the discreet and elegant nose.
The attack is fresh, elegant and silky, underpinned by an attractive tannic structure, and the mid-palate very full, well-rounded and silky, leading into a long finish lifted by touches of liquorice.

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Description

La Dame de Montrose

Made to the same rigorous standards as the First Wine, from grapes grown in the same vineyard, La Dame de Montrose is the estate’s second label. Supple and silky Merlot generally predominates in the varietal mix. Its very pronounced red fruit aromas and flavours reflect another expression of the terroir in a distinctive style which is less elaborately complex than that of the First Wine.

Consistently reliable and reaching maturity sooner, the wine was created in 1983 in tribute to Yvonne Charmolüe, who ran Château Montrose single-handedly from 1944 to 1960. Production varies from one year to another but accounts on average for 40 à 45% of the total production of the Montrose vineyard. Aged for 12 months in 30% new french oak barrels.

Main characteristics of the vintage

The weather in winter was mild, with temperatures generally above zero. A considerable amount of rain fell during the early part of the year, until May, renewing water reserves in the soil. Conditions in spring were good for the vine cycle. Mild weather in April encouraged rapid and even vegetation growth across all the grape varieties, while flowering took place evenly in perfect conditions starting on June 5th. July was cooler than the average, and as expected veraison occurred later than usual during a wet August. After slowing in August, the vine cycle picked up again at the end of the month in hot and dry weather which lasted until mid-October. Temperatures often in excess of 30°C, a “miraculous” amount of sunshine and the hydric stress resulting from these exceptional climatic conditions helped the grapes to ripen evenly. 20 mm of rainfall on September 17 and 18th came at just the right time to ensure perfectbalance.

Fine weather overall and cool nights marked an untroubled start to the harvest in mid-September, with a crop in perfect health. Quality was assured, but in the quest for perfect ripeness the pickers went through certain parcels four to six times. In the winery, dense and deep colours started to emerge as soon as pumping-over started. The alcohol level was a little high but the balance was good. Tastings at the end of the maceration period suggested that the wines would be excellent. The wines from different parcels were kept separate when the wines were run off, while careful selection of the press wines in barrels created many opportunities for future blending.

Period of harvest

September 22th – October 16th

Blend

Merlot : 50%
Cabernet Sauvignon : 45%
Petit Verdot : 5%
Tasting notes

The wine has a crimson tint.

Spice and ripe fruit aromas mingle on the discreet and elegant nose.

The attack is fresh, elegant and silky, underpinned by an attractive tannic structure, and the mid-palate very full, well-rounded and silky, leading into a long finish lifted by touches of liquorice.

Source: http://www.chateau-montrose.com/en/millesimes/dame-de-montrose-2014/

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