71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Blackish purple. Intense, concentrated perfume. Then a very dry finish with lots of floral and stony aromas bubbling up in between. Very embryonic. More obviously St-Estèphe than the 2018 or the 2019.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
The 2020 Montrose was picked September 10-29; the clusters between 10% and 20% smaller than normal. It has an intense nose that is even more powerful than the 2019, revealing layers of blackberry, briar, cedar, pencil shavings and smoke that evolve wonderfully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, precise and poised, with unerring symmetry and perfect salinity. Very harmonious, almost pixelated on the finish. This is simply brilliant.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2080