Going back to the 18th century, this estate has gain a great reputation. 2003 was a really dry year but the team at Château Monbrison answered well to this challenging vintage.
Made with 55 % Cabernet, 30 % Merlot, 11 % Cabernet Franc, 4 % Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels (40 % new), no filtration. Elegant with intense red and blacberry fruits, leather notes and tertiary aromas. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins have softened.
This chateau has a fine and deserved reputation, as this powerful but elegant 2003 shows. It has all the sophistication of Margaux, along with some lightness that balances the dry tannins.- 89 pts Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast