Wine Advocate 91 points - Over the last twenty years, Montrose’s second wine, La Dame de Montrose has been an excellent buy. The 2009 La Dame de Montrose (almost all Merlot with a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon) is a seductive, succulent effort revealing silky tannins, abundant blueberry and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of damp earth, truffles and camphor, and an appealing, luscious personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years. (Feb 2012)
This is a vintage where the changes in management and ownership are in evidence. That dense, deep, opaque quality; that seems to hint at things to come. A powerhouse returns to greatness.
|Wine maker notes
|Made to the same rigorous standards as the first wine, from grapes grown in the same vineyard, La Dame de Montrose is the estate’s second label. Supple and silky Merlot generally predominates in the varietal mix. Its very pronounced red fruit aromas and flavours reflect another expression of the terroir in a distinctive style which is less elaborately complex than that of the first wine.
Consistently reliable and reaching maturity sooner, the wine was created in 1986 in tribute to Yvonne Charmolue, who ran Chateau Montrose single-handedly from 1944 to 1960. Production varies from one year to another but accounts on average for 30% of the total production of the Montrose vineyard. It is matured for 12 months in 30% new oak barrels.
|In 1980, Alain Brumont acquired Chateau Montus. On this terroir made up of large round pebbles, situated in the finest Madiran Crus, he replanted the Tannat, which was ven-erated in the 18th Century, when no one really believed any longer in this grape variety considered too rustic because of its too great a yield, and which, once diluted, only pro-duced astringency and bitterness.
In 1985, a great terroir was detected where the Tannat was very different from the oth-ers and was given the name Cuvee Prestige. This cuvee allowed Chateau Montus to elevate itself amongst the great wines. Montus Prestige, the first Madiran made from 100% Tannat, is entirely aged in new oak barrels. A revolution at the time, that all the famous wine tasters throughout the world nicknamed Petrus de Madiran.
Since 2000, the goal is to bring Montus to a higher level:
Fermentation is made in wooden tank, aging in aok barrels.
Harvest is made manually.