Last tasted 6 years ago. Looking back on my note it looks pretty consistent with my new note. Major changes: (1) the nose now has much more lacquered wood, some noticeable graphite and also - sadly - some alcohol coming through; (2) my comment back then about muted tannins seems strange because there's plenty of tannin to keep this going. Unfortunately I'm not sure the depth of fruit will keep going for much longer. Still very pleasurable, but I have to agree with other reviewers that the palate is on the light and short side (and on the decline). Despite still having a delightful nose, this wine's best years are behind it. 13%, $55 back in the day at Trader Joe's.
A great maturing Bdx nose on this, old school with currant, tobacco, pepper, soil, cedar. On the palate it still has plenty of life and round fruit, and it holds up well over the course of the night. More about the nose than the palate, I suppose, but it gives a lot of pleasure and was actually one of the best wines of the night. Holds its ground.
Stood two days, decanted off the sediment for an hour. Slight bricking. The nose was powerful even before pouring from the bottle. Cedar, tobacco, and earth. Delicious and layered flavors, more cedar, earth, and some dark fruits. Nice tannin for its age and supposed drinking window. Probably has life yet. Finish was medium length. Very enjoyable wine.
A supposedly diluted vintage in Bordeaux, but boy did the oenologist overcome the odds w great winemaking. Light orange brick colour indicative of age. Silky entry that builds up into a surprisingly powerful mid-palate. Substantial, assertive and weighty, but all in a classy sort of way. Traditional style w touch of austerity. Still v tannic w lots of life left in it. V fine tannins, almost powdery sendiments. Even after more than a decade of bottle age, still v forceful and impressive. Indeed the 'Latour of St Estephe' (9.0/10). http://sgbordeaux.blogspot.com/2011/08/montrose-1997.html
Canadian Tbone meets montrose; 10/13/2009-10/15/2009: Immediately , the nose showed nice aged claret aromas . Barnyardish, slighlty peppery, some capsicums and lots of leather with hot minerality and hot stones topped up with good exotic fruits. Lovely ready palate with rainy day berries and hints of cigarette ash. Very consistent wine that has quite a lasting finish .
Nose: Wet hay that blew off, cassis, licorice, smoky, yeasty, pencil shaving Mouth: bit subdued after the nose, blackcurrant, wonderful rich coffee mid, long mouth filling finish. Nicely balanced. Had this with roast rib of beef and it went just fine. Not the best Bordeaux I've had but okay none the less.
White pepper and smoky bouquet with toasted oak. So far so good. But this was about it. The wine is juicy alright and certainly interesting, but there is too much acidity and a drying finish. This will never be great. The bouquet saved the score.
This wine was better than I was expecting it to be. It's definitely ready to drink now; I can't say how much longer it'll last but I think the drinking window given here on CT is probably pretty good. Loads of cassis on the nose, with blackberries and spice, a little wood (actual wood smells) and grape-flavoured sweets. The palate is significantly lighter than the nose and is a little disappointing in comparison, but is still decent, with fruit and spice, particularly sour cherry and cinnamon. Fruit comes through more on the front, spice on the back giving a nice warm medium-length finish. Tannins are very muted now, definitely ready to drink. The mid-palate is pretty empty and overall the wine is a little thin / lacks density but it smells and tastes great so you've gotta give it credit for that! . For the price, however, this has got to be a pass.