Château Montrose Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$315

This has a superb nose with redcurrant, cranberry, limestone, a hint of cedar and graphite all very finely tuned. Intense rather than powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with a chalky entry, good acidity and tension, a firm masculine structure typical of Montrose with a terse grippy finish, sous-bois lingering beautifully in the mouth. Superb. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

The great 2005 vintage. Power and structure, rich black fruits, pencil shavings, saddle leather, tobacco and spices. Finishes with exceptional length and complexity. A bottle that can be enjoyed thoroughly now or age for decades. A terrific treat at Tak Room.

The great 2005 vintage. Power and structure, rich black fruits, pencil shavings, saddle leather, tobacco and spices. Finishes with exceptional length and complexity. A bottle that can be enjoyed thoroughly now or age for decades. A terrific treat at Tak Room.

9.5

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

All the pieces in place for greatness and starting to drink now .

All the pieces in place for greatness and starting to drink now .

9.4

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Needs LOTS of time.

Needs LOTS of time.

9.2

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

The Montrose group were the most disappointing of this tasting, but it is known that they did not put their best foot forward in 2005, and even somewhat in 2000 as both showed some balance issues that showed more heat and medicinal than power and harmony as one would expect from this storied chateau.

The Montrose group were the most disappointing of this tasting, but it is known that they did not put their best foot forward in 2005, and even somewhat in 2000 as both showed some balance issues that showed more heat and medicinal than power and harmony as one would expect from this storied chateau.

8.6

J D Delectable Pro

Impossibly dense. Generous, mouth-filling tannins. With air, the ripe black fruit emerges, but this is equally driven by graphite, smoke, black pepper, and some savory development. Obviously built for the long haul, but starting to strut its stuff. 375 mL

Impossibly dense. Generous, mouth-filling tannins. With air, the ripe black fruit emerges, but this is equally driven by graphite, smoke, black pepper, and some savory development. Obviously built for the long haul, but starting to strut its stuff. 375 mL

9.2

Michael Heintz Delectable Pro

As my wife would say, 'scratchy'

As my wife would say, 'scratchy'

8.9

Chelli Webster Delectable Pro

VP Marketing/Sales Webster Cellars

Mmmmmm, so enjoyable

Mmmmmm, so enjoyable

9.2

Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe Delectable Pro

Still has a long way to go, but harm in checking in now with some decanting. Dense dark berry and black cherry, firm earth, bit of vanilla. Look forward to trying again in 10+ years.

Still has a long way to go, but harm in checking in now with some decanting. Dense dark berry and black cherry, firm earth, bit of vanilla. Look forward to trying again in 10+ years.

9.5

Gus Kalaris Delectable Pro

2005. Very youthful out of 375ml. Special

2005. Very youthful out of 375ml. Special

9.6

John Sweeney Delectable Pro

Super nose, great complexity. Deep, dark, rich. Great stuff.

Super nose, great complexity. Deep, dark, rich. Great stuff.

9.5

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