1969 Château Montrose

Community Tasting Note


87 Points

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - December Birthdays (My Little Spanish Place): Intriguing. We were wondering whether there was a flaw with this or whether it was just a really old wine from a less than herladed vintage. There were the slightest hints that there may have been TCA, slightly better evidence that it suffered from volatile acidity, yet for all that, it had a nice enough nose of sweet strawberries and ripe cassis touched with a bit of tobacco, earth and fragrant spice and dried flowery notes. There was just that suspicious little whiff of nail varnish and wet paper in there to throw us off a bit, but otherwise, this was quite a classic Bordelais bouquet. The palate was drinking far younger than its 42 years, with ripe plums and berries still holding fort over the attack. It was nicely balanced too, all the way past its earthy midpalate and into a slightly thinned-out on finish where there was just a memory of tannins and very minor ring of something that might have been wet cardboard. This has probably seen better days, and half the table thought it was faulty. Whatever the case, it was quite amazing that it lasted long enough to give us some pleasure on the night, like a brusied and battered fighter, still throwing suprising strong punches.

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