With an exceptional ageing potential and elegant flavours, Château Montrose is one of the most notable wineries in Bordeaux’s Médoc communes. The wine produced by Château Montrose was classified as one of the 14 Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
The Château Montrose vineyard is found in the Saint-Estèphe appellation, the northernmost of the Médoc communes.
According to the Château Montrose estate, Etienne Théodore Dumoulin planted the vineyard and necessary facilities on a piece of forgotten family land in 1815. Barely 40 years later, the Grand Cru with the inclusion of Château Montrose in the official classification was born. This was an incredible achievement for a vineyard largely in its infancy.
This early and remarkable success drove Dumoulin to expand his vineyard until his death in 1861. He left his heirs the estate, which by then had spanned 234 acres, the size it still boasts today.
In 1866, a factory owner from Alsace named Mathieu Dollfus acquired the vineyard. His reorganisation of the estate included modernizing the buildings and facilities and introducing new vine growing and winemaking methods. Dollfus also championed an exceptional human resources overhaul, creating “unique and generous” working and living conditions for his employees. He allowed the staff to live on the estate with free healthcare and profit sharing.
Dollfus installed a windmill that pumped water from an underground well and flooded the vineyard, preventing the scourge of phylloxera and saving the Montrose estate. That windmill is now one of the most recognisable symbols of Château Montrose.
When Dollfus passed away in 1886, the vineyard passed hands to the Charmolüe family. For over a century, these managers helped Montrose to steadily improve its reputation by producing legendary vintages and high-quality consistently, even during desperate times like the world wars. Due to the exceptional leadership of the Charmolüe family, Montrose remains one of the most respected vineyards in the Médoc region.
The estate produces three wines, the Château Montrose, La Dame de Montrose and the Saint-Estèphe de Montrose. The Château Montrose is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with considerable ageing potential. It is matured for 18 months in 60% new oak barrels, and accounts for 55% of the estate’s production.
La Dame de Montrose is the estate’s second label. It is a red-fruit forward Merlot with a distinctive, less complex style than the Château Montrose. It reaches maturity much sooner, as well. La Dame de Montrose accounts for roughly 30% of the vineyard’s production, maturing for 12 months in 30% new oak barrels.
Finally, Le Saint-Estèphe de Montrose is the estate’s third wine, blended from younger vines and less wines. Interestingly, this wine was previously only available to the estate’s owners and employees. It is matured for 12 months with 15% new oak barrels, and can be thoroughly enjoyed when young.