2014, 2015, 2016: the Montrose trilogy
Hervé Berland (Manager of Château Montrose) comments on the 2016 vintage
For Château Montrose, 2016 is an exceptional vintage.
With contained, controlled strength, 2016 is distinguished from other vintages by its impressive tannic density, incredible polyphenolic indexes, fine aromatic expression, a relatively low alcohol content putting it in line with the great wines of Bordeaux, and an incredible freshness.
The weather in 2016 – a rainy spring, hot and dry summer allowing for perfect ripening of the grapes – produced a little miracle of nature: the water stress seen mid-August put the brakes on the development of sugars without interfering with the other analytical parameters. Thus, despite 3 months of drought which should have caused a high concentration of sugar resulting in high alcohols, we remained at the very Bordeaux-style level of around 13.3%.
This vintage also benefited from all the technological progress and change that Château Montrose has implemented with the new technical team in place for 5 years. The ever-greater precision of work, in the vineyard as in the cellar, found its culmination in this vintage.