Still quite tannin though very expressive. Expressive nose of pencil, mocha, smoke and game. Palate is quite fine and narrow, with a dark plummy character. Moderate leathery finish with a little funk. Still needs a little time to integrate the wood notes, but otherwise the fruit is showing some early maturity. Should be a good, not great Montrose that will start to drink well soon.
Bordal chez RPB (Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Lafite...) (Vessy): Après la série double aveugle, nous avons encore bu cette bouteille, après passage en carafe. Jolie couleur groseille foncé, brillant. Nez sur les arômes de cassis, de havane. Belle bouche avec beaucoup de matière, dense. La finale est longue avec des tanins encore râpeux, signe que le vin n'est pas encore tout à fait prêt. Lui donner 3 à 5 ans.
The dark purple profile tells you that this gem is still young, but it's really drinking quite nicely now. With 1+ hours decant, aromatics of gravel, cassis, floral, cedar and cigar wrapper came out sweetly. Medium body, rich palate with dark fruits and forest notes. Not the grandest Montrose you'd expect, but the beautiful blend of elegance and masculinity will leave you satisfied. A real nice Bordeaux, and it certainly will improve some more with additional time in the cellar.
The Wine Night at Bellevue Wine Storage - Part 1 (Bellevue, WA): Fresh and tasty bordeaux that unfortunately was blown away by the richer and riper wines of the evening. This is still showing quite a bit of tannin along with fresh currant acidity. Overall a nice complex bottle of Bordeaux that probably needs another 5 years.
Still quite restrained, nice structure, gravel, leather, coffee, nice sweet blackcurrant, a little thin finish. Decanted and left for a couple hours. I guess would develop more with time but not one that seemed particularly built for the long run
Stereotypical Bordeaux, loaded with earth, tobacco, leather. Took a couple hours to really open up and definitely not past its peak. Probably not even at it. Last glass had a nice bit of chocolate on the finish as well. Nicely balanced. Will wait a couple years before trying again.
Never been dispointed with Montrose! Probably one of the best wines on the market and personnaly find it better than Cos d'Estournel... The nose is reconizable to the estate, the tannins are balanced and finale is up to it's expectation. Surprisingly, I believe it's not yet at it's peak and should be a real bomb in the next 3-4 years! Just Love Montrose
1st of 24, decanted 3 hours, perfect fill - deepish garnet, purple rim; primary, blackcurrant, dark plums, touch of graphite and earth, fresh not baked; fullish, long and complex, high quality, complexity developing as opened in glass, lovely balance and energy of fruit largely hiding not quite resolved fine grain tannins, a baby yet. Should merit higher than current fine plus (18/20).
Decanted for an hour. Nose was relatively closed and whilst displaying some nice secondary flavours, I was somewhat underwhelmed by this (and therefore disappointed). Would have preferred to have opened this when younger.
From half bottle from a single batch so with all the question marks that come along. Definitely not a pnp wine. Needed like 1.5hrs to develop, shed the acidic side and show a good nose. Still the palate remained sharp and difficult and this was not the wine we expected. We hope its a bottle issue as we do have a full on case sleeping IB somewhere near Basingstoke... no rating today.
Judgement of Chicago (Nomi): Tasted blind. Nose was clean, with a little metal and black licorice. Flavors were very similar to the Heitz, though a little more acidic than the others. By far the best French wine of the tasting.
tannic beast....still incredibly dark and dense...not a ton on the nose. Decanted and with that some fruit and elements beyond cedar start to emerge...would have thought even Montrose would be more open given age and vintage...need to open this early next time to see
Un nez complexe, cèdre, poivron rouge, tomates séchées, ketchup. Un vin encore jeune, mais ouvert, viril, il s'affiche plus en structure que sur le fruit. Un vin qui se révèle pleinement à table, noble et imposant, droit, la finale surprend par sa finesse. Il n'est pas charmeur mais montre une belle profondeur. 91 pts
30 minute decant and then followed over at least 4 hours - very little change during that time. The nose is amazing. The palate is slightly austere but friendlier than many Bordeaux. Like many, it is intellectually satisfying but not very tasty.
New Years 2013 at Kevin's (Minneapolis, MN): Outstanding showing with funk, raspberries, forest floor, gravel and coffee beans. The nose was a top five of 2013. Palate while not as good added a cigar component and had a medium finish. Should age five plus years but honestly why wait when it is this good now.
New Years Eve Celebration Offline (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark purple color. Decanted for 45 minutes. Drank 2 glasses over 3 hours. This has a great nose that mesmerizes you with the first whiff. There is ample floral perfume, with cedar box, crème de cassis, boysenberry and leather. The palate is quite nice too, medium full body, elegant, cassis, dark berries, graphite, cigar box, and minerals. The tannins seem round and integrated already. I thought this showed very, very well with the nose being the star, and a palate that that is quite good too. Classic Bordeaux. I think this has probably hit its stride, though it may improve somewhat. 92+pts to 93pts.
In the nose very complex, very difficult to separate aromas, red and black berries, floral, spring forest floor, licorice, dark cherries. On the palate all the aromas from the nose. Finish long elegant, more cherries, fine, extremely complex. Great wine.
Bordeaux 2001 Blind Tasting (+ two 2000s): Shiny cherry red. In the nose, this rich, but has great finesse, "power without weight", lots of depth and elegance. Fragrant, light and dark with lots of Graphite and cedar wood. Awesome. On the palate, it's complete, young, great acidity, a lot freshness, it's very direct. Grip, substance, elegance, everything there. Very long and minerality driven finish. Young, but truly great.
Tasted in a lineup of '82 Talbot, '90 Ormes de Pez, and an '05 Fleur Cardinale I found this to be the least interesting of the flight. It's very even right now, nothing stood out to me in its flavor profile, though it does sport an incredibly sleek and polished texture with good freshness. I'd wait 5-10+ years on these.
Scoring is truly based on the current drinking experience, but no doubt this wine has very good potential and should provide pleasant drinking experience in the years to come, when it's ready. The claret still appears to be quite youthful, dark, opaque in color. Very tight, and not yielding much, even with almost 3 hours of decanting. In between some intervals, you get notes of cream, vanilla, red cherry, tea leaf, tobacco. On the palate, very balanced structure with spot on acidity and some fruity juicy taste. Will keep the other bottles in the cellar and try again in three years or so.
Montose Dinner (89, 90, 95, 96, 99, 00, 01, 05) Plus Others: 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.
nesen gir snev av modning mot lær, aske og ren stall, fortsatt strålende primærfrukt mot solbær. Svært mineralsk nese, mot knust gråstein. I munnen svært fyldig vin, med fyldige røde og syrlige bær. Dette holdes oppe av en flott syre. Mangler litt eleganse, noe som blir tydeligere med luft. 91p. Dag to, så er jeg fortsatt på at dette er en endimensjonal vin. Masse mocca og fyldig moden frukt. Grei syre, men mangler litt friskhet. Er for all del godt, men blir litt kjedelig. Ville nok barbert 5 poeng dag nr 2.
Served blind. Guessed bdx, but my producer offerings were Poyferre, Las Cases, Lalande. This was primarily due to its more modern profile, especially on the nose. This is going to be a great wine. I rate it above the '96 vintage. Nose even had elements of the stellar '90, with dense black fruit, cedar, leather, and floral notes. Palate very smooth bursting with sweet red and black fruits. Finish is still primary, with drying tannins as a younger Montrose will give you.
Wine of the 2001 Vintage at Matt B's House (New Canaan, CT): Super dark all the way to the rim. On the nose was bretty with tons of tight black fruit, black licorice, and a strange but enjoyable burnt eraser aroma. Silky and elegant across the palette but also immensely powerful, complex, and long. Balanced.
This was my favorite of the night. Tied for first place in the group vote (2 x 1st and 2 x 3rd) with the 2001 Serpico.
VEO tasting - Moselle, Saar and Ruwer (Restaurant Bolenius, Amsterdam): Lovely nose, deep, dark and masculine, good ripe fruit, rich spicy oak, hint of toast; on the palate a nice weight and balance, very solid but on the dry side in the tannins; good length. Attractive nose, lacks charm and some stuffing on the palate. A very generous impromptu gesture from Frits after an evening of Riesling...
Decanted for about 2h. Still a dark garnet, sweet dark fruit, liquorice, earth, fresh herbs, a touch of oak. Good acidity giving it freshness. Fine tannins, medium+ finish. This wine really has a fantastic balance and a very precisely drawn palate. Interesting to see that one does not have to go back to 1980s/1990s to find outstanding Bdx with moderate alcohol levels, this has 12.5% but definitively not missing on fruit or concentration. Out of the Bdx I have had over the last 12 months, the 01 Montrose and the 95 Pape Clement were the two wines I have been most looking forward to revisit. While they are very different wines, and neither will wow you immediately, they share this outstanding balance and precision that makes them an absolute joy to drink. Even better now than last year: 93-94
Dark colour. Commanding taste following very pure nose; austere yet elegant. Cistercian wine. Profound? Maybe not, but this untamed beast has not yet said its last words. Drink if you like'm youngish, or keep without worries for many years yet.
Double decanted immediately back into bottle. Initial whiffs of horse dung, promising! Really lovely and still primary, it is slender and elegant. Licorice, forest floor, fresh berries. It gets a slight upgrade with food, the acid/tannin balance is so spot on that different dishes provide little pops of flavor. Lots of evolution left in this one. (93-95).
Still very young, primary and tannic- but this has great fruit and minerality and really lovely texture... Probably five years away from coming completely together this wine is loaded with potential- I really love Montrose stylistically; while this is no monster, it's finesse and texture make it a real winner... After last night's wines (a cab and a Grenache) whose sweetness made them undrinkable, this was more than refreshing- it was reaffirming...p.s. bought a couple of years after release at $53 per bottle- a pretty good deal-
Deep garnet color with touch of bricking on the meniscus. Nose of earth, dark fruit, red licorice, truffle. The palate replicates the nose, complemented with a beautiful acidic balance and still enough tannic structure to keep it interesting and beautiful. The fruit is bright, but a decade of aging blankets the wine with classic woody left bank personality.
Nose: sweet and delicate aroma of marshmallow, red and black fruits and some mushrooms. Taste: excellent mouthful of round yet strong enough sensations. Fruit is dominant, but earthy and animal flavours are also very perceptible. Marshmallow, licorice, even some anise. Finely balanced. Could possibly stay bottled for another 3-5 years. The finish is hot and a little dry.
Restrained nose, dark fruits, a little chunky with somewhat grainy tannins, but good balance makes for a nice finish. This has the fresh balance of the 2001...but somehow just doesnt come together as well as the many other 01's im fond of.
Beautiful and classical bouquet with cassis, graphite, sweet spices, tobacco, cedar etc. Same on the palate. Beautiful acidity and friendly, soft tannin. Very elegant and round and a great pleasure already. Young maturity stage now, no problem keeping this another 5 - 8+ years.
Poured half of bottle into decanter and followed over 5h. Medium garnet. A fine and complex nose with initially a bit of cedar, a bouquet of mainly dark fruit, flowers, earth, sous-bois and a bit of barnyard. Medium body and very fine but still dense tannin structure. A fairly long but subtle finish. This wine changes with time in the glass (at some point in time I had sour cream potato chips on the nose..) but does never really "opens up" and I wonder whether it ever will. With the exception of even softer tannins and an even darker fruit profile, the rest of bottle on day 2 was pretty much unchanged, so not sure whether another 5 years will see a major "improvement" here. It's a wine to sip and demands attention as it speaks in "sotto voce". 91-92
Showed very well. Burnt earth, crushed rocks, dark fruit and violets compose this elegant palate. Should have a long life ahead of it - the tannins were certainly there and even with air they were still a bit gritty for my tastes. Love Montrose's style...great combination of earthiness and dark fruit.
taste: full bodied with rough and coarse tannins along with medium acidity. Certainly shows off it's youth, but has some great tones of cassis, tobacco, cedar, and dark red cherries. Very good depth underneath the tannins right now.
overall: Still quite young. It's class is starting to show, but this could easily use another 5 years. This does have the power that one expects from montrose, but it isn't that large scaled of a wine.
Still a bit early on this one, could use some more time in bottle. Good contrast next to the 1966 tasted next to it. Coffee, tar, meaty, cassis, blackberry. Very structured palate. 92+ today, with great potential to improve.
Mixed Bag, Mostly Bordeaux in KW (Chris' House): Decanted for sediment, served immediately, and followed over the next 4 hours. Still a deep inky purple in the glass, showing quite a contrast to the '66. With some coaxing, we could see that this was darker on the fruit spectrum, with suggestions of blackberries and blackcurrants, mineral, graphite, and light floral and leather notes. On the palate, black fruits, graphite and earth, showing decent structure, with moderate tannin and acidity. Finish is moderate. Unfortunately, this wasn't all that giving at the moment, as it never really opened up over the course of the evening. A bit of a disappointment given the pedigree, however, there appears to be a lot of potential upside here. If I had any of these, I would tuck them away for another 5 years before giving it another try.
Wonderfully expressive nose of maturing fruit reigned back with a reticence on the palate that really needs another 10 years to strut its stuff. Right now this is quite tightly wound up and the acidity is quite high but there are layers of complexity just under the surface. I think this could be rather tasty given more time in the cellar. Very good.
33rd Austin Wine Salon - Bordeaux (Max's Underground): Completely shut down. Black fruit, lead pencil shavings, earth, and beeswax. Just in an awkward state at the moment. The pieces are there, but it hasn't all come together yet. I would say it needs 5 more years at least before it's in the early drinking window. For me, it's a wine to taste starting in about 2020.
Very complex nose, cassis, leather, tobacco, earthiness, cocoa bean, green walnuts, spices. Medium body, lots of dusty tannin, high, vital acidity. Flavours are quite mouthfil and produce nice length. In the aftertaste it shows some astringency and sourness, making me think, that the tannins and adids are still not well-integrated. Anyway nice and tight wine, with further potential to develop.
For me, this wine at 10 years old is in it's optimal drinking window. Neither too old and tired nor too young and wound up. The nose exhibits a really nice note of pencil shavings combined with some black fruit and initially just a touch of grass clippings. Very well balanced on the palate with good acidity up front that gives way to some red berry and plum flavors with a medium bodied texture and nicely integrated tannins on the finish.
Stone, tobacco, blackberry, minerality, lead pencil and spicy, red and black plum flavors are easy to find. This is not the most concentrated vintage for Montrose, yet there is still refined tannins to resolve. From an assemblage of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, this mineral driven, St. Estephe wine wants another 3-5 years before entering prime time drinking.
Sipped 1st half of bottle through Carpaccio app and Osso Bucco entree. Nose of saddle leather, cassis and cedar. Palate not giving much up other than some green pepper on a medium body. Tannins still a bit course. Corked and will revisit tomorrow night. Enjoyable but still too young to rate. Will surely show better after a day or so.
Full bodied, rich dark purple, a cherry bomb nose that invites, black currant and cassis with earth and tannins that grip and need more time, but are not unpleasant. Decant and take your time if you are drinking now.
Back, Back in the USofA (StrEat Restaurant, Austin, Texas): Clear winner of the flight: tops in one group, second in another. A rich and lively dark red wine with whiffs of the barnyard and the pencil box, dried rose, baking spice and dill/green fern. Austere cassis and dark cherry notes with bright acidity, medium tannins and a tea like finish. A few tasters found it unimpressive for a Ch. Montrose, but others liked it immensely and noted it was out of place with the California fruit-driven cabs. This wine was included in the flight because it sold new for less than the California wines, and seemed (and indeed is) a better value, and had a low Parker score compared to the flight's highly rated Cal cabs.
Pop and pour with a beef tenderloin dinner. I don't typically do that, but the first wines were gone! Still performed well. Nice hints of woodsy tones layered on blackberries, cassis. Nice finish that is balanced. Tannins are relaxing to provide a smooth mouth feel to it. Overall, an elegant bordeaux just starting to show it's stuff. Glad I have more.
Decanted three hours before dinner with lamb and wild rice. Earthy, spice nose with classic terroir on the nose. The wine started off a little thin but after three hours had opened up and was showing its stuff. Oak, spices, dark fuit, touch of pencil lead. The wine has relaxed and offered a smooth mouthfeel with moderate finish. Tannins are softening. Nice balanced acidity.
Slightly forced short decant through some fine grade coffee paper. Lovely deep but bright ruby colour. Nose is slightly shy initially but soon opens to a very round and fruity splash of colour - blackcurrant pastilles and a little 2b pencil. Christmas spice on the palate and nicely ripe rather than overdone. Still quite tight after short decant but breeding and balance evident. Drunk direcly after a 2003 Ornellaia this shows more breeding but less exuberance perhaps. Very fresh with good acidity. Finish is just a litte tight at present but will doubtless open up in glass/decanter. Approchable but with plenty mileage left in the tank. Call it heresy but I prefer this to the 2000. Compelling wine. From now if you have plenty but room to evolve for another 8-10 at least I would imagine. Interestingly the profile here is surprisingly close to the Ornellaia.
EDIT : +48 hours decanted. Real juicy red fruit profile now with a lot of zingy acidity. No hint of over-ripeness in this Montrose by any means. Beautifully made, and a kicker for the terroir. Unlike a few of the "bigger" vintages of Montrose this can't be mistaken for a St Julien or Pauillac and in my opinion so much the better for it. Excellent wine, should drink very nicely through 2025.
Cabernet Sauvignon night: Starting to show some age, but only just. Nose took a while to get going in the glass, but offering up classic St Estephe cassis mixed with cedar, leadpencil, wood and so on. Very nice. Palate extraordinarily smooth and balanced. Wow. Lovely. Decent length. A beatiful and civilised wine, not a powerhouse.
PW205 Wines of the World - Lesson 2 (Bordeaux) (Plumpton College, East Sussex, UK): Another classic Bordeaux (but unlike the rich, jammy Batailley, this seemed a more classic, older style) with more notes of cedar and pencil shavings as well as green peppers with luscious red fruit and ripe tannins that make it beautiful drinking now. However, I'm sure this will last for another decade at least. I'm a little disappointed that I did not have time to make a full and detailed tasting note! However, this is more of your roast-lamb-classic-Bordeaux in comparison to richer, jammier Parker influenced styles that are increasingly common. ****
Decanted 2 hours. Opened as I have quite a few bottles and felt like a rich wine on a typically awful wet and cold English October day.
Very deep, thick and lively colour. Great density, flavours in retreat. Chewy edge. Full, dense, sturdy spread over the palate of lots of ripe fruit and tannins but overall an impressively silky texture despite the massive concentration.Could probably do with another few years and will no doubt last another ten at least. 12.5% abv Excellent
BdX 01/04 (Oslo): Sweet and deep dark berry fruit, that still has something civilized; good intensity throughout the taste curve until the middle, then it tails off a bit too quickly. Later in the evening it grew and the curve became more complete. Fresh and intense.
Excellent classical Bdx, 12,5%. Drinking with great pleasure now after a 4 hrs decant, getting better and better throughout the evening. Drinking Plateau is in nearer horizon, will last minimum a decade. This will be a great wine in 2013-2025, but it is already very good drinkable. Rating includes the future.Try one if you have some more, otherwise drink 2013-
Ruby/purple color, with a nice bouquet of smoke, cherries and some spice/earth. The wine has nice acidity and really good, soft fruit. Tannins have mellowed considerably and it is drinking nicely now. The finish is smooth but not exceptionally long. Expect this to improve some with age but it can be drunk up now.
I couldn't be more delighted with this. I just picked up a case for 58 quid a bottle. It easily outclassed a 2001 Palmer I tried the other night which cost double that. This is a coherent wine, no green steaks, and hits all the classic St Estephe notes on the nose and the palate. Just a little mature at the rim, but I'm sure this has years to go.
mature rim, medium tears/ good intense nose, cedar, habano, licorice, red currant and spice/ silky, dry palate, more classic flavours/ long and very dry finish/ 12.5%/ excellent classic claret with true class. Note after time in the glass this wine got better and better!.
2001 Bordeaux (Lavandou): The third time I’ve had this wine in about a year and it seems to be a bit more open for business than prior. Has a real nice subtle sense of pose, with some bright red fruit, earthiness, graphite/lead pencil and hints of saddle. With more time, the fruit begins to really emerge and the pitch of the red fruit begins to magnify. While it is indeed bright at this phase, I’d be willing to wager that in time, it will add heft and weight and will really round out into a beautiful wine. I’m a fan of the upside of this wine, as well as the Calon. 93+
very nice. nose of dark fruit, lots of earth, flowers, and spice. soft in the mouth, but tannin still present to resolve yet. seemed to lack the depth of concentration of the better vintages, but this was quite pleasing none the less. i really enjoy this chateau.
Bordeaux, Italy and a Burg in Minneapolis: Top five wine of the vintage? Wonderful wine and drinking well right now with cherry, gravel, spices and floral notes. Good acid profile and still medium tannins. Medium and concentrated on the finish and super balanced wine.
Old World Reds at Edina CC (Edina Country Club, MN): Nose: Very floral and almost perfume-like aromas and some mineral. Very seductive nose! Palate: Good balance of acid and red fruits. Nice clean, velvety finish. Tied for WOTN with the '04' Pontet-Canet for BDX.
Only Bordeaux at the wine club event. Very dense with prominent tannins. Nose was muted, needed decanting. After some time, aromas of smoke, black olives, and minerals arose. Deep cherry rosewood, stones, and leather notes with some cleansing acidity. A very layered and classic Montrose that really stood out versus California and Washington Cabs at table. Will no doubt deliver in a few years.
Boerne Wine Club - Cab/Chardonnay (Scenic Loop Cafe, San Antonio, TX): The only bdx really stood out in this lineup with 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and the rest Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aromatic barnyard/funky nose with cassis, cherry and cedar. Acidic palate, with cherry fruit, firm tannins though not drying, and wonderful length with mocha, touch of tar, and tart cherry. Great balance and complexity and retains a refreshing character despite the tannins. Surprisingly approachable as this was not decanted, but certainly is just entering it's drinking window and should last another 10yrs. I have high hopes for my bottles.
Beautiful bouquet with barnyard and liquorice. Juicy cassis and luxurious oak. Still very youthful. Double decanted several hours before drinking it is already a great pleasure, but keeping it another 5 - 8+ years might be rewarding.
Color: Medium purple Nose: Herbs, raspberries, pencil lead, Taste: Concentrated with grit along with raspberries, black cherry, tobacco, earth Finish: Medium and very elegant Evaluation: This is a great wine 94 points
Not shining at all! Rather Closed but got a lot of potential to the upside! Dense. Dark ruby in color! Dark fruits dominate the palate, rather one dimension at this moment!! Will it show it's real face in 10 years time?
Sweet dark fruit, lush and full. Classic mix of smoke, leather, spices are well integrated in the midpalette and stays with you through the finish. Reminds me a lot of the 04 version which also is classically styled and with perfect level of ripeness. Obviously young still, but the full tannins are round and sweet.
Tasted blind, decanted prior to tasting. Clear, opaque ruby to a light ruby rim, with moderate intensity and appears more youthful than aged though rim variation is apparent. On the nose, wine shows beautiful amarena cherry, blackcurrant, clove, cocoa powder, cigar box, green sous bois, cedar and cigar box notes. Healthy, moderate + intensity and again appears more youthful than aged. On the palate, wine was moderate intensity with structured tannins, moderate- acids and low + alcohol. Black currant mingles with olive, green bell pepper, pencil shavings, gravel and light potpourri notes. Wonderful wine, well integrated still a bit sharp on the tannins but showing well now, will most definitely develop. Most of the group though this right bank Saint Emilion. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, $67 wholesale.
Double decanted for 2 hours. Very good nose with black fruit, spices and oak. On the palate, it is quite powerful and concentrate. A lot of tannins but a little bit rustic now. May require much longer cellaring.
At the BBR Fine wine winter tasting - Great body. This is a big wine for sure and will age well. However still very closed with no nose at all. Would like to try it in 5yrs but at 55£ a bottle i dont think this is value for money.
Double decanted for 4 hours; classic Bordeaux nose of cedar, earth, with spices- on the elegant side on the palate. I had this with an Amarone, so I'm unsure of how much fruit is present compared to to the ripe and relatively dense Amarone. Will hold and re-taste a year from now.
Very dark color, very complex but smooth, well integrated tannins. Blackberry, leather, some mineral, some earth and mushroom, even a hint of meat The wine evolved nicely over time, but stayed subtle and old world in style. A great pleasure to drink.
This opaque purple Motrose offers layers of currants, wild cherries, forest floor and mushrooms. Silky texture and juicy tannins. Very impressive vintage, a real amazing St Estephe near to perfection. To pair with lamb leg in the oven.
Ripe, sweet, rich, beautiful, viscous, velvety royal purple, aromas of cherry and currant, this is a full bodied sleeper of the vintage. Usually Montrose is brooding and the tannins need fifteen years to soften and integrate. Not so here! Smooth, balanced and so drinkable now and for another two decades. The value of 2001.
Montrose Vertical Blind note as mature as others, but still shows the classic montrose stones, smoke tobacco and dark fruit I think it will best the 98 for sure, it has the concentration and volume, almost I think, of the 95 green right now I like this wine
Very dark, almost black colour. Austere classic lead pencil nose, with black fruit (dark cherries, blackberries) in the background. Intense taste, still pretty closed, with wel-integrated tannins and good acidity. Long aftertaste with some fine-grained tannins. Not yet completely ready, but getting there. A bottle that will never be joyfull, but always "classic", austere and intense. A winter wine.
Quite a bit of bottle stink already already, which in time blew off to reveal a complex nose of green pepper, paprika, pencil lead, leather and currant. Some truffle notes showed prominently from time to time. Exceedingly elegant on the palate, very pure and refined, with lots of class in the finish. I really enjoyed the velvet tannin in this wine, as it was a significant change from the few wines tasted before. Would buy again if I could find at a reasonable price.
2001 Bordeaux Dinner (Bethesda, MD): opened 5 hours prior to arrival and Audouzed. This was the only wine that really needed more air as it came out of the gates thin and a bit disjointed. Nice notes of earth, light barnyard, blackberry and game. Palate began thin and the tannins seemed invisible until after the dinner, I revisited the remnants of the bottle with Dave and found it had fleshed out very properly with nice thick blaccurrant, mocha and game notes. I wish we had decanted this guy so it would show better, but it was clearly outclassed by its counterparts. 89FW at first, 92+GW after
St. Louis Saturday Group -- 2000 v 2001 Bordeaux Tasting (Jim Dove's home): Quite a big wine. Very aromatic -- a bit oaky with some licorice and a light green note mixing with dark berry fruit. I found some green wood tannins on this wine that I didn't much care for and scored it a couple of points lower than anyone else, so, the noted score reflects the higher consensus. Consistent with the EWS tasting, a very good showing for most tasters. RANK: 6 Vintage: 2000.22
Drank with the Mrs. and friends over a nice French dinner. Dark purple, notes of black fruit and mineral. Not the blood, iron and animal experience I had with an older ('90) La Dame -- which is kind of what I was hoping for here! Nice and powerful nonetheless. This was better than the Richard Perry 02 Cab we had with the first course.
Tasting Group Dinner - Steaks & Montrose (Dave's House): The nose shows smoke, black cherries, and coffee. On the palate, this is quite charming. Not a powerhouse like the 89 or 90, obviously, but a nicely minerally, medium-weight wine. Dark cherries, coffee, and minerals with ripe tannins.
Another Tuesday Night in Minneapolis (Montrose 82, 86, 89, 90, 95, 01, 03, 04): Decanted about 12 hours before serving. The nose offers an impressive blend of dark fruit and mineral with a touch of oak/vanilla. The taste is equally impressive. Concentrated dark fruit with mineral, grilled meat, and earth. Fiercely tannic. Great finish. This needs many years in the cellar to show at peak.
Much less open than the last bottle, this took several hours of air to show much of anything. When it did open a bit, it was clear that this was some impressive Cabernet dominated juice, with partly integrated oak, cassis, tobacco and soil notes. Fine tannins are prominent when tasted, but this wine has good volume and an impressive finish. A lot of potential with some bottle age.
Surprisingly expressive aromas of ripe cassis, tobacco, cedar, underbrush, and finely crushed rock. In the mouth, the crisp acidity and very fine tannins really draw out the intense flavors that coat the palate. Not a deep powerhouse like the very best vintages of Montrose, still this has some of the brightness and delineation and sheer intensity of flavor that I find in the 1989 and the 1996. A strong showing for this young but aristocratic wine.
Wonderful! This at time outshowed the 03. This showed better integration than the 03 and was very well rounded. Deep dark color, Dark cherry, smoke and black licorice aromas with with a thick palate and sweet tannins. Balanced
Very dark ruby color. A bit mute on the palate. After getting some air, it was clear that this bottle was TCA affected in view of the cardboard notes on the finish. But the TCA concentration was sufficiently low for the plastic bag trick. After that, it improved quite a bit (although still not 100% perfect). Very complex wine, but seems to close down. Still one of my favorite left bank BDX of the 2001 vintages, especially considering the price. But I fear it will close down soon.
Dark garnet to the rim in color. Nose shows cassis, cedar, tobacco, and leather. On the palate this wine is still very young. Cassis is met immediately by a hard Bordeaux backbone of oak and tannin. Tobacco and smoke also play into the palate. This spent two hours in a decanter and definitely opened up over that time, but it still needs at least a few years to show its best. Lots of stuffing, however, reveals that it should develop well.
2001 Bordeaux (Virginia): Tasted along with about a dozen other 2001s, so forgive the short TN... Big, slightly dusty tannins. Black fruit. Fairly old-school in style. A bit lean compared to the '01 Cos d'Estournel (see TN)tasted along side it, though still balanced and quite impressive. One of the better wines of the tasting.
In a word: WOW! I know that Montrose is on a string in recent vintages, but this 2001 was far better than expected. Dark ruby color (but not purple black as some other, more modern wines). Right after opening, the nose was a bit unformed, but a little sip already confirmed what was to come after decanting... After 2 hours in the decanter, this wine really blossomed. This is not a modern, fruity wine. It sported already a rather complex nose, with a melange of dark fruits, tobacco, truffels, wood spice - very deep and exciting. BTW, I haven't detected any of the barnyard aromas Montrose is (was) known for in recent vintages of this wine. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, almost chewy, but nevertheless retains its sense of elegance (for a St. Estephe). The tannins spread over the entire palate and release wave after wave of dark fruits, spice and licorice. Surprisingly low in acidity, but not at all flabby, which seems to make it already approachable. Nevertheless I feel that this wine will soon shut down hard and only emerge after several years. In sum, a fantastic expression of ripe cabernet and a great Bordeaux from this underhyped vintage. I had only two bottles, but now I will need to look for more! Drink 2010 to 2030