The quality of the 2015 vintage at Chateau Montrose, a Saint Estephe estate owned by French construction and media magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, is close to that of the 2010 that constitutes a reference point of excellence for the chateau, according to Chief Executive Officer Herve Berland.
"The 2010 was a benchmark for the property," he said during tastings at the Medoc second-growth chateau overlooking the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux.
While 2010 was a touch austere, in 2015 "there was a little of that side as well," Berland said. "It's not spontaneous."
"If you compare 2015 to 2010, we are very close," he said.