One of the best second wines, and possibly the best since the 1990 is the 2010 La Dame de Montrose. This represents 36% of the production and is a blend of two grapes - 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. A superb second wine, opulent and substantively textured, it shares more in common with a flamboyant, exuberant year such as 2009 than most 2010s. Dense purple, its oodles of fruit, luxurious mouthfeel and terrific finish make it a sleeper of the vintage. It's a wine to buy in abundant quantities and drink over the next 10-15+ years.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
The estate's second wine represents 36% of the production in 2010. Composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, it is one of the finest examples of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Intense blueberry and cassis fruit intertwined with floral notes, a plump, unctuous texture and abundant fruit characterize this seductive, fleshy wine. Consume it over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The La Dame de Montrose 2010 has a very well defined bouquet with beautifully assimilated oak: perfumed scents of blackcurrant, blueberry and pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp entry: firm and quite rigid tannins, fine acidity and a bullish structure on the finish to suggest that this needs long-term cellaring. This surpasses all my expectations. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
Tasted at the Château, the La Dame represents 36% of total production and is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. It demonstrates great purity on the nose, a floral note that I have not encountered on La Dame before (perhaps more feminine in keeping with the name?) The palate is very smooth and refined, silky in the mouth with succulent blackcurrant and cassis towards the finish that belies some fine tannins underneath. It is just...delicious now and one hopes, in bottle. Drink 2013-2020. Tasted March 2011
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
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“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.”
Andrew Jefford, Decanter Online.
|Score: 104||Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine, August 2015|
The black fruited mix on the nose is tinged with herbal greenness. The palate starts with sweet ripe black fruits but behind is red fruited freshness that tends to lighten the fullness. Right at the back the fruit power shows giving richness on the finish.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 36% of total production. Very deep crimson. Lovely scented top note and then sumptuously round texture. Fresh and lively with good muscles. Excellent balance and really very flattering without being overripe or sweet. It finishes dry and minerally. Fine skinned. Really a very fine wine indeed - well done! Provided you don't mind a lack of flesh in the middle... 13.7%
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
Rich smoky cassis fruit, good middle sweetness and lift, less depth than expected. Drink 2015-20.
|Score: 16||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|