Montose Dinner (89, 90, 95, 96, 99, 00, 01, 05) Plus Others

Tasted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Dave Dalluge with 439 views

Introduction

I hosted a small group for a night of home cooked food and Chateau Montrose last week. My notes are from memory and pretty poor (as I was busy with the food), but thought I'd throw these out in case the group wanted to share their thoughts.

Flight 1 (13 Notes)

  • 1999 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne 93 Points

    France, Champagne

    Popped and poured. Great nose of fruit, citrus and bread dough. Even better on the palate with a big burst of flavor. Balanced, but with a nice zing of acidity that produces a great finish. A beautiful way to start the evening.

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  • 2004 J.M. Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet

    Shows plenty of ripe fruit and some noticeable oak. But, in a pretty good place right now. Nice balance and plenty of flavor on the palate. Nice length on the finish.

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  • 2007 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Vireuils 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault

    No notes taken, but I recall liking this a lot.

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  • 2005 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    Pale yellow color. Awesome nose featuring citrus fruit, honey, smoke and mineral. In the mouth this has great intensity from the attack through the finish. Expansive flavors, surprisingly elegant and perfectly balanced. Beautiful finish with long, ringing flavors.

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  • 1989 Château Montrose 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    The nose offered very clean aromas of dark fruit, leather and mineral. The taste was smooth and concentrated with great red fruit and mineral flavors. This filled the mouth with flavor, had such concentration, and yet seemed so light and silky. The finish was long and satisfying.

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  • 1990 Château Montrose 97 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    This was rocking from the moment it was poured. The nose delivers an expressive mixture of red fruit, mineral, dried herbs. The taste is also really impressive, with complex flavors built around a core of concentrated, perfectly ripe fruit. Perfect balance and excellent weight on the palate. The finish is long and extremely satisfying. Thanks (again) for sharing Steve.

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  • 1995 Château Montrose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    The color is a very dark red. The nose offers a stern but splendid blend of dark fruit, leather, and mineral. The taste is dominated by dark fruit and mineral. This is starting to open up but still needs (I suspect) many more years in the cellar to show at peak.

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  • 1996 Château Montrose 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    My first go at the '96, and what a stunner. Beautiful nose with clean red fruit, dried herbs, leather and more. Equally great on the palate with a big burst of flavor that expands out over the whole palate. Packed with fruit but perfectly balanced. Great long finish. Pure pleasure and in a really great place right now.

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  • 1999 Château Montrose 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Dark red in color. The nose gives mainly dark fruit and mineral. Pleasant but not memorable. Medium bodied in the mouth and well structured and tannic. The taste gives black cherry, with a lingering finish. Nice, but outclassed by most of the other wines poured tonight.

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  • 2000 Château Montrose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Opened about five hours before serving. The nose is primary showing only pure, ripe fruit. Equally primary on the palate with tons of fruit and a healthy dose of oak. Barely undrinkable (and some chose not to given the other options!). If you own this wine I highly recommend holding it for at least 5+ years before giving it a try. Not rated.

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  • 2001 Château Montrose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Two bottles opened (sorry Lonny), both popped and poured. The nose offers an impressive blend of dark fruit and mineral with just a hint of oak. The taste is even more impressive, with dark fruit, mineral, smoke and herbs. Great balance and showing really well right now. Great finish. Drink or hold; this should be spectacular for many, many years.

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  • 2005 Château Montrose 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    I expected the worst after the 2000, but this showed surprisingly well. Red fruit and oak on the nose, but enjoyable. More red fruit and oak on the palate, but more like the '01 than the '00. Great texture and nice balance, but with tons of tannin from the mid-palate to the finish. Needs many years, but still showed surprisingly well.

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  • 1999 Château Suduiraut 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Served with Brad Ballinger's world-class bread pudding. Awesome nose of honey and caramel. Equally great on the palate with tons of flavor and a nice acidity. A perfect pairing and a great finish to the night. Thanks Brad.

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Closing

Thanks to Steve Sigmond, Lonny Isenberg, Dave McMahon, Craig Vanderah, Brad Ballinger and Jimmy Sioris for a most enjoyable evening.

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