Ch. Montrose St Estephe 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 31-Dec-2014
2eme, 62% CS, 34% Me, 3% CF, 1% PV, vines around 40 y.o. average, 13.0% alc., the wine aged approx. 18 months in 50-70% new oak. Very dark, black-red colour. The nose is beautifully pure and varietal with classical, perfectly ripened blackcurrant fruit with nuances of cassis and black florals, and the most subtle fragrant herbs. This exudes finesse and youthful, primary aromatics. Essence of Cabernet Sauvignon here with sensitive enrichment and spice from the oak just adding to the aromatics. Medium-bodied, the palate features pure and perfectly ripened blackcurrant fruit with the finest cedary oak in support. This is sweet and succulent, very primary and fresh. The tannins are very fine-grained, quite velvety, building to show serious structure. This has great vitality and energy with ripe acidity in the background. There is much to unfold and the complexities are sure to emerge. This will develop over the next 15-20+ years easily. 19.5/20 Nov 2014

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