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St Estephe. Huge colour and huge natural extraction of dense, clear Cabernet fruit, the real essence of Saint-Estephe from one of its greatest vineyards. Drink 2015-50. Decanter # web (4/11/2006) : 19/20 Maturity: 2015-2050

The 2005 Montrose is an exceptionally tannic, broodingly backward offering displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with a provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries. It continues to add weight and richness, good traits considering the substantial, forbiddingly high tannin levels and zesty acidity. If you are over the age of fifty, this backward, powerful wine will probably be more enjoyable to your descendants. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040+ Wine Advocate # 176 Apr 2008 Robert Parker 95 points

Fashioned from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2005 Montrose exhibits huge tannin, powerful floral, blueberry, and cassis flavors, and more weight as well as richness than last year. While surprisingly high in alcohol (13.2%) for a Montrose, that component is nicely balanced by the high tannin and decent acidity. This blockbuster will need a decade or more of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007 Robert Parker (94-96) points

Dark and chewy and much sweeter and less rigorous than usual. Perhaps because the tannins are so exceptionally ripe. Deep and dense with very fine depth- more lift than the samples of Cos tasted, though perhaps not the sheer density and solidity. Very fine dry mouthful. Fine tannins. Quite sinewy. Very fine and the power is relatively well hidden. The infamous IPT (tannin index) was apparently even higher here than a Cos- though perhaps we don't want to get into competition in this respect. Drink 2017-30. Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com. 18.5 points

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