Château Montrose, 2018

On one level, this is bold and ripe enough for Napa, while on another level, it may turn out to be … a legend. The 2018 low acidity and 14.8% alcohol. It is quite amazing in terms of smoothness of tannin. I get a sense of balance, but not the same energy as in the 2014 or 2016 vintages. Still, impressive, and polished. Again, should we worry about the alcohol level and low acidity? I did get a slight sense of heat on the finish. By comparison, the 2016 at 13.2% alcohol and high acidity comes across as more fresh… Give it time, and re-taste when it’s in bottle, and then we’ll know whether we have a legend or something less long-lived.

Score: 94-98

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14.8%

Bottle size

75cl

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

Médoc & Haut Médoc

Area

Saint-Estephe AOP

Tasting Information

Name of Tasting

Bordeaux En Primeur 2018

Type of Tasting

Tasting report

Blind

No

Tasted by

Panos Kakaviatos

UK Stockist

En Primeur: not yet released

Global Stockist

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