La Dame de Montrose 2018 Saint Estèphe
- SmaakprofielKrachtig & complex
- HerkomstFrankrijk, Bordeaux
|Classificatie||AOC Saint Estèphe|
|Smaakprofiel||Krachtig & complex|
|Op dronk vanaf||2021|
|Op dronk tot||2034|
Parker: Composed of 52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, harvested from September 17 to October 5, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 La Dame de Montrose delivers a profound nose of baked plums, blackberry preserves and raisin cake with touches of dark chocolate, licorice, Chinese five spice and sandalwood. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, it fills the palate with ripe, generous fruit, backed by firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy.“Yes, the early part of the season was a challenge,” Communications Manager Hélène Brochet confessed. “Sixty-five percent of the vineyard is organic. We didn’t give up—we stuck to it, and now we have decided to go 100% organic. 2018 proved to us we could be organic without suffering too much. The organic blocks needed 15 treatments this year. Non-organic required 12, which is not such a big difference. The results were the same.” In the end, yields were still pretty low at Montrose at just 26 hectoliters per hectare, mainly due to coulure (flowering/fruit set problems) and smaller berries (20% below average) rather than mildew. “2018 was hotter than 2016,” Brochet went on to tell me. “We had very tiny berries. The juice was completely black the first day of harvest. Extraction had to go easy—we had to be careful to extract only what we needed. We had to stop the extraction early. We created six different levels of press wines."