Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent
Tasted Saturday, September 22, 2012 by jkoenen with 949 views
14 participants, 16 vintages of these fabled wines. And some ringers, of course.
All (red) wines tasted single blind: we knew what was coming, but not in what order.
All wines were popped and decanted immediately before the flight was served.
A very instructive and impressive tasting. In my opinion it's very difficult to determine clear characteristics of both chateaux. Sometimes Montrose was more feminine and elegant than a stubborn and masculine Cos. A few wines later, it was the other way around: Cos seemed more lush and lascivious, while Montrose showed more traditional and austere. So no clear conclusions here.
At the end of the evening I had to admit that Cos surprised me, since I thought I had clear preferences for Montrose's supposed classical, ageworthy structure. Not. Now I know that both wines can be enormously impressive.
Furthermore we had some minor disappointments: both 03's, which performed sub-par, Montrose 89 and 90, which I thought were going to rock my world, and 2 corked Cosses.
On the other hand there were excellent showings from wines from so-called 'drinkers-vintages': 1994, 1999 and 2001. Superb stuff!
And Calon Segur can often keep up with its better known siblings!
Personal WOTN: 1982 Calon Ségur
Other wines to look out for: 99 and 08 Cos, 01 Montrose.