Although there is a general consensus that Montrose tend to be austere or masculine, this wine which is almost 20 years old now is really enjoyable especially with decanting. Recently we drank the much lauded 1990 Montrose at Odette (3 stars). This 2003 in 10 years to 15 will reward you as much if not more than the RP 100 pointer Montrose 90 (more than SGD 1,000 per bottle based on 2021 prices)! Makes this a bargain at this price if you plan to hold for long term.
Highly rated by all:
'The 2003 Montrose was served blind in Bordeaux on two occasions. Picked between 11 to 26 September, it is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It remains one of the outstanding wines of a very black and white vintage. Without knowledge of the vintage, I was hesitant to suggest 2003, because though there is clearly fruit intensity locked up inside this Saint Estèphe, it is counterbalanced by the estate's trademark masculinity and austerity. So both on the nose and the palate it reaches this happy medium: pure blackberry, graphite and roasted herbs on the nose, perhaps even more elegant than I have observed on previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied rather than full bodied with sturdy tannins couched in layers of seamless blackberry and cassis fruit, offset by scents of tobacco and graphite. As usual it has immense length and depth, a Montrose that is really just a few chapters into what is sure to be a longer 'book' than many other 2003s. It is not a perfect Montrose, but a couple of hairs' breadth away.' Wine Advocate 98pts (tasted in 2017)
'After the 2009, this is the most exciting Montrose ever made, with intense aromas and flavors of plums, blueberries, spices, tobacco and cedar. It’s full-bodied with extremely refined tannins but a dense, delicious palate.' James Suckling 97 pts.