We have unearthed today what we believe to be the wine bargain of the year so far…the 2nd wine of Chateau Montrose, La Dame de Montrose, from the excellent 2010 vintage.
Those of you who read Decanter this month will have noticed Andrew Jefford waxing lyrical about this superlative claret…
““It’s gorgeous. I’m enraptured by it. Magnificent scents of chocolate, leather, plums and currants, with the oak a whispered perfume. Tapered power on the palate; a shapely silhouette. But it just gets better; the wonderful Médocain austerity and sobriety grows as the beguiling front palate fades. The quality of the tannins is astonishing: so fine yet so firm. It already has a bucketload of gratifying sediment. Balance, richness, poise, vivacity, concentration: all perfectly judged. Of course I’m drinking it too soon, but too bad. I find it hard not to exclaim after each sip. Not many wines make me do this.”
The 2010 vintage will go down in the books as one of the greats in Bordeaux, (we believe it will surpass the 2009 and, of recent vintages, rival the 2000 and 2005).
Montrose itself was scored a massive 99 points by Robert Parker and this now shows in the price, circa £1500 per case. La Dame de Montrose, perhaps one of the best second wines produced in 2010, is available at nearly a fifth of this price!
This is a wine that, as Jefford notes, is incredibly tempting to drink now, but its concentration and balance mean that it has a long and fruitful life ahead of it. And at £38.40 per bt with all taxes included, you will rarely find claret this good for this money.
These wines are currently in France and will be available for delivery in circa 3-4 weeks.