• Rupert Millar - Source: www.thedrinksbusiness.com

Bordeaux 2018: Montrose flexes its muscles

The "magnificent monster" that is Montrose 2018, the last of the major Left Bank cru classé wines (first growths aside), set a punchy price for its release.

Out at €126 a bottle ex-négociant (up 31% on the 2017 offer), meaning an ex-London sale price of £1,560 per case of 12, it was 23.9% higher in price that Liv-ex’s global members expected it to be.

The wine has brilliant scores as one might expect from a property of Montrose's standing but also recent form.

Antonio Galloni have it 95-98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW 96-98 and James Suckling 98-99, all of them with various encouraging platitudes, Perrotti-Brown calling it a "magnificent monster" and Galloni noting it had a "tremendous future".

Suckling said it was a "muscular" wine and it's certainly a muscular price, with the 2016 wine that Neal Martin gave 99 points to and declared to be "up there with the first growths", sitting at an 8% discount. The highly rated 2014 is about £500 per dozen cheaper too.

Liv-ex's metrics largely place the 2018 Montrose on the expensive side, though if you agree with Suckling's appraisal it would just about make sense.

Questions will generally abound about pricing but quantities are limited and it is highly recommended so it's no surprise to see signs declaring 'low stock' or 'sold out' on merchant lists already.

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