Thursday, July 11, 2024

LeDomduVin: Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe 2009

Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe 2009

It was cigar night again on the yacht (not mine; I just work there😅), and I needed to open something that would pair well with it. I usually like to open rich and bold Bordeaux wines with Cigars.

A Pauillac is always a good match, yet I wanted to open something different. I had this bottle of Montrose 2009 in the cellar, and I knew it would not disappoint.

Bordeaux 2009 is a solar vintage offering plenty of ripeness, richness, and boldness that can easily support and enhance the cigar's complexity.

That bottle of Montrose 2009 demonstrated that it could do just that and so much more.

Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe 2009

In the glass, it boasts an intense ruby-red, opaque color. The nose is dark, ripe, warm, captivating, and inviting, offering lots of dark fruits and berries mingling with earthy, smoky notes of coffee, leather, graphite, pencil shave, and toasted oak. The palate is rich, opulent, thick, bold, and beautifully textured. Its structure is balanced between the fruit ripeness, just enough acidity to keep it fresh and juicy, and plenty of earthy tannins (slightly austere, as always, a common trait of Saint-Estephe wines) that will ease with time. The potent and complex mid-palate ends on a long, earthy finish. 

This warm, dense, powerful, charming wine offers excellent aging potential. It is one of the most complex and full-bodied Montrose I have tasted. It is definitely too young if you ask me, but still, I loved it. 

Decanting about one hour and a half before serving is recommended. 

In the absence of a good cigar, have it with food! 😉

This is the epitome of great wine. 

Cheers! Santé! 


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