Appellation St-Estèphe Contrôlée
La Dame de Montrose
“Grand Cru Classé”
The 94 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Montrose has a terroir of gravel, typical of the St. Estephe appellation with sand and some clay. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot with vines that are on average close to 40 years of age. The vine density is 9,000 vines per hectare. In 2010, Chateau Montrose purchased 22 hectares of Bordeaux wine vineyards from Phelan Segur. The purchased vines consisted of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This purchase increased the vineyard of Chateau Montrose up to its current size of 94 hectares. Vines are replaced slowly at Chateau Montrose. On average, the vines reach between 40 and 60 years of age before they are replaced and replanted. The oldest vines date back to 1933 At 94 hectares in a single parcel, it’s relatively unique in Bordeaux.
Montrose has producing one of the best wines in all of Bordeaux for centuries. In fact, the inspiration to purchase the estate by the the Bouygues brothers came after tasting the exalted 1989 Chateau Montrose. Thomas Bouygues was heard to state that the wine was so good, if he ever had the chance to purchase the famous estate, he would buy it. In 2006, that is exactly what took place.
In May 2006, Jean Louis Charmolue sold the estate in 2006 to the Bouygues brothers. For the Bouygues family, it was the perfect addition to their massive business portfolio. In fact, they added a neighboring Bordeaux property to their holdings a short time later, Chateau Tronquoy Lalande.
The new owners of Chateau Montrose, the Bouygues brothers quickly began an intensive renovation project that was completed in time for the 2013 harvest at a cost of close to 55 million Euros! The renovations were designed by the respected architects, Yves Gremont and Bernard Mazieres. One of the key mandates for the renovations was to ensure Chateau Montrose was as green and environmentally conscious as possible. Similar to what was accomplished at Chateau Tronquoy Lalande, Chateau Montrose will obtain as much of its energy though the use of solar, wind and water with the use of a sophisticated geothermal energy systems.