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Wines of Château Montrose

The history of Château Montrose :

Château Montrose, part of the Bordeaux region, is one of the youngest and most famous grands crus in the Médoc. But it’s also a Second Crus Classé. Château Montrose has been owned by three different families. It all began in 1815, when Etienne Théodore Dumoulin discovered the estate. After inheriting the estate from the Ségur family on the death of his father, he decided to start planting vines on the property and also to begin constructing the buildings needed to produce wine. His father’s legacy became Château Montrose. In 1850, the estate covered 50 hectares. The château’s name is a reference to the colors of the estate’s hillside during the flowering season. After working hard to make wine production possible on the estate, Château Montrose enjoyed rapid success. In fact, in 1855, at the time of the official classification of the Grands Crus Classés, Château Montrose was classified as the second Grands Crus Classés, even though the vineyard was only 40 years old. After seizing the opportunities offered by Château Montrose, Etienne Théodore Dumoulin continued to develop and expand his vineyard.

In 1861, Etienne Théodore Dumoulin died, leaving his work to Alsatian Mathieu Dollfus. At that time, the estate’s surface area was 95 hectares, thanks to the investments and developments of Etienne Théodore Dumoulin. It was exactly in 1866 that Mathieu Dollfus took over the reins of Château Montrose. As a first step, he decided to undertake an administrative reorganization. To achieve this, he refurbished the buildings, decided to change the winemaking and cultivation methods, and modernized and innovated the facilities. At the time, Mathieu Dollfus was bringing the best of the technical side to the winery. But he didn’t stop there: after investing in innovation at Château Montrose, he also took the initiative of hiring staff in ideal living conditions. Staff working at Château Montrose benefit from housing on the property, medical expenses and a share in the profits created by Château Montrose. A unique and generous vision for the employees of Château Montrose. His investment in this château resembled a small village until the arrival of the phylloxera epidemic, which led Mathieu Dollfus to adapt and make changes at Château Montrose. To do this, he sets up a wind turbine that pumps groundwater and floods the land. This futuristic vision will enable him to save his vineyard. The wind turbine was preserved over the years and today represents a symbol of Château Montrose.

In 1896, Mathieu Dollfus died, leaving his place to the Charmolüe family, who ran Château Montrose from 1896 to 2006. The Charmolüe family were wealthy owners of several châteaux. Until 2006, three different generations of the Charmolüe family will be at the helm of Château Montrose. Over the years, Château Montrose has built its reputation. It was during this period that the château produced legendary vintages, even in difficult years. In 1960, Jean-Louis Charmolüe decided to replant the vineyard and modernize the Château Montrose facilities.

Martin and Olivier Bouygues took over management of the château in 2006. They will implement an exceptional renovation project lasting seven years from 2007 to 2013. The project includes the installation of the best winemaking equipment, a reduction in carbon footprint and the installation of photovoltaic panels.

Château Montrose vineyard

The 95-hectare Château Montrose has gravelly soils with sand on the surface. The subsoils are made of clay. Clay favors the formation of natural reserves that keep the vines hydrated. Château Montrose’s vines are exposed to wind and sun. The grape varieties are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Château Montrose’s climate is a temperate microclimate due to the river near the estate.

The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted at the time of cutting. And when the bunches arrive, another manual and optical sorting is carried out. These are not the only tasks carried out on the grapes: Château Montrose also pays great attention to vineyard work, including thinning, tilling, replanting and green harvesting.

Once the bunches have been picked, the berries are stored in stainless steel vats of different sizes to produce a tailor-made wine. Vatting lasts around 25 days, and the wine is aged in new barrels for 18 months. The average age of the vines is 35 to 40 years, with a planting density of 9,000 vines per hectare.

Each plot of Château Montrose has its own personality, with different soil, subsoil, age of vines and grape varieties.

Château Montrose has a second wine: La Dame de Montrose, a lighter wine full of charm and silkiness, more accessible than the château’s first wine. And a third wine: Tertio de Montrose.

Wine pairing and structure of Château Montrose wines

Château Montrose’s magnificent, exceptional terroir produces a red wine of exemplary quality and consistency from vintage to vintage. Their wine is described as powerful, with an extreme, precise texture. This red wine is garnet-red in color, with a nose of ripe red fruit and hints of blackcurrant, mocha and light tobacco. On the palate, a fine attack with powerful tannins. The finish on the palate gives an aspect of balanced freshness. Annual production is 210,000 bottles.

To match this Saint-Estèphe wine with a dish, we recommend baked shoulder of lamb, quail with grapes or a sweetbread cassolette.

The best vintages for this Bordeaux wine are: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2010, 2003, 2000, 1995, 1990 and 1978.

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