From a cold cellar bought on release. Very dark with some browning. Floral, tobacco, dark fruits on the nose. Very good structure and balance. Believe it or not, there are still some tannins that need to be resolved and the wine needs more time. Good fruit. Excellent and should get better. 95
This wine grabbed you from the get go and did not let up. I have enjoyed some older montrose such as 66, 70, 75, but this was just on another level.......and then some. The color was extremely rich for a 57 year old wine. We all thought it resembled a wine from the early 80's. Nose was typical Bordeaux with elegance (something I don't ever associate with montrose) and symmetry to behold. Every aroma, flavor, nunance was in perfect balance providing pleasure individually and in aggregate. Hot bricks, leather, cherry, strawberry, dried leaves, cedar are some of depiction I can recall. Over the 3.5 hour course of our dinner, this wine delivered the fireworks. To our amazement, practically no sediment from this bottle.
Fill was at the base of the neck. Popped and poured. Dark garnet color with only minimal bricking at the rim. Classic St. Estephe nose of cedar, spice, and a hint of tobacco. Very expressive from the get-go. There was plenty of fruit left on the palate with currant predominant. Silky tannins remained to enhance the mouthfeel but oh what a finish. Long and persistant that left a smile on everyone's face. I have tasted the '59, '89. and '90 and this bottle was the best Montrose I have ever tasted. I had another bottle of the '55 approx. 2 years ago. Although that bottle was good, it paled in comparison to this one. One of the best Bdx I have tasted.
A step up in octane from the Margaux. Darker in color by a fair amount. A cassis bomb on the nose. Baking chocolate and a bit chunky if that makes sense. Sweet and ripe fruit, with damson (royalties to NM), dark licorice, more chocolate, and a bit of rough tannins on the back end. 53 years old, Ha! I 'd dare say this has 10+ years in hand at least. A nice contrast to the elegance to the Margaux. 93 pts.