2017 Château Montrose La Dame de Montrose Saint-Estéphe, Bordeaux, France

The complex, expressive and indulgent nose unveils aromas of ripe fruit and spicy notes on aeration. There are notes of well-ripened black fruit, liquorice and vanilla while the tannic structure and freshness of the fruit are perfectly in balance.


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Château Montrose La Dame de Montrose is the second label of Château Montrose, a Second Classified Growth of Saint-Estephe.

The 2017 La Dame de Montrose is a blend of 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 30% new and 70% one-year old barrels for 18 months.

The 2017 vintage was defined by a cool and wet start to the season, followed by a very dry and rather hot summer.

The winter was relatively mild. Regular and intense rainfall marked out the spring and allowed the water tables to build up their reserves.

The few episodes of frost at the end of April caused no damage in the vineyard. Once again, the estuary played its essential role as a temperature regulator.

Full flowering took place around 7 June. At the end of the month, the summer set in to stay, marked by very strong heat as from 15 August. The vineyard suffered but tolerated these extreme conditions thanks to the incomparable qualities of the terroir and its water reserves built up at the start of the year. Veraison started mid-August, indicating an October harvest. September was hot and sunny. The rain on 13 September relaunched the ripening cycle of the vine, slowed down by the very strong heat of summer. The 4 grape varieties reached optimal ripeness. The alternating hot days and cool nights preserved an impressive balance between freshness and aromatic power.

The harvest took place calmly under a radiant sun from 23 September to 14 October.

This year, even more precise selection of plots was carried out by an expanded team in the vineyard (90 pickers).

In the cellar, each vat has its own identity and the custom vinifications allowed the extraction of the best potential from each of them. This ultra-precise work resulted in a large palette of 50 different lots for the blending.


The history of Montrose, written in two centuries by three families of owners, is depositary of their spirit, marked by their quest of excellence and legendary vintages. Pioneers in the Médoc, visionary builders and wise managers, all these families knew how to work and valorise this unique terroir. The estate owes them the foundation on which Montrose builds its image today and its unique place in the world of exceptional wines.

Succeeding three generations of the Charmolüe family, Martin and Olivier Bouygues acquired Château Montrose in 2006. They loved its wines, to which they had been introduced by their father, Francis Bouygues. Aware of the potential of its unique terroir, they appreciated the advantages and riches of the estate and decided to invest in it. Under their impetus, Montrose entered the 21st century with a spectacular reconstruction.

The exceptional project took seven years, from 2007 to 2013, a timespan justified by the wish to respect the estate’s cycle of activity. The 10,000-m² renovation met four major challenges set by Martin and Olivier Bouygues: to give Château Montrose the finest vinegrowing and winemaking facilities, including a new 1,000-m², 11-metre-high main barrel hall where the premium wine can mature in ideal conditions.


Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Farming Sustainable