Robert Parker 88.0
Earthy and tannic, but concentrated with firm structure, the 2012 La Dame de Montrose has a distinct spicy, earthy character and some tannins to shed, which is unusual for a second wine. It is nicely concentrated with a dense ruby/purple color, and overall it is well-made. Give it several years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or more years, as this will be an uncommonly long-lived second wine from this famous MÃ©doc chÃ¢teau.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033
The 2012 La Dame de Montrose makes for a lovely introduction to the wines of Montrose. There is plenty of the estate’s typical heft and richness in the glass, but the mid-weight pliancy lends an element of suppleness. Smoke, tar, licorice, black cherries and plum flow through to the powerful finish. Far from an easygoing 2012, La Dame is going to require at least a few years in the cellar. Hints of game, smoke, licorice and iron add the closing shades of nuance.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032
Tasted blind. Not especially communicative on the nose; just a bit of cassis. Polished tannins and a little simple. A wine Pamela Vandyke Price would have described as ‘four square’.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035