Dame de Montrose 1997

Main characteristics of the vintage
The beginning of a dry and hot year caused an exceptional precocity of the vegetation in spring. The first flowers appeared on the Merlot on May 5th. The first fortnight of May was showered by strong rain. The mid-blossoming was noted down on May 20th – 3 weeks ahead of the average date and one week ahead of the record, 1989. The first berries changed colour on July 16th and the mid-veraison was noted on July 30th to be very heterogeneous. September’s drought allowed us to harvest serenely and to mitigate the maturity’s irregularity.
The Merlots are fat and silky, and the fruit is gorgeous. The Cabernets are rich and ripe, beautifully structured but probably more heterogeneous compared to the previous year.

Period of harvest
September 10th – September 24th


  • Cabernet-Sauvignon: 61 %
  • Merlot: 39 %

Tasting notes
Deep colour with brick tints.
The nose offers notes of mocha and blueberry.
Notes of red fruit and leather on the palate.
The wine is balanced, fresh and straight, classical.
Long finish on silky tannins.