A thoughtful gift from a thoughtful woman. Unlike me , this is a bit old.... but that doesn't mean it's bad. It wasn't complex but the edgy cedar and berry fruit were delicious. With some air the midpallete filled out nicely. The amazing thing about this bottle is that it turned out to be a tasty and complimentary fish wine.
2012 - Hi, Jonathan! (Paradise Pavilion @ MBFC): My second 69 to date and while this is a simple one, this is definitely still alive. Consider Fresh with forest floor, lots of earthiness and smokiness. Nothing much on the palate though, simple and dominated by mushroom, tea leaves, earth and cedar. Mellow structure, medium length finish, quite elegance but simple.
Jonathan visits Singapore (Pavilion Paradise, MBFC): Pretty good. This was still clearly on its last legs, but it was definitely far, far better than the last bottle we had towards the end of last year. While that probably had one foot in the grave, there was no mistaking the quality on this wine. It still had a distinctly left-bank bouquet, with classic notes of tobacco, cassis and earth showing alongside a touch of more mature orange peel and dried floral notes. A lovely nose. The palate started out pretty well, with nice floating nuances of black cherry and some pure cassis notes welded to fine tannins that still provided a touch of firmness. However, this did fade rather alarmingly in the glass, with the flesh dropping off and the wine starting to its ribs in the remaining tannins and lingering touches of iron mineral and tobacco. Still though, tired though it may be, fading though it was, at least for the first 15 minutes, it was quite a treat, easily matching a 1996 Poujeaux that was served alongside - a real testament to how long-lasting a Montrose can be.
Unbelievably young and tight and structured tasting mote like a 90s wine. Leather but overpowered right bank like black spiced plums with graphite and black rock minerality. Somewhat neutral too. Has old oak and cupboard dust notes. Will still age.
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.
Deep dark red! Cassis fruit and good oak in the bouquet. Firm and compact wine. The tannin is mostly soft, but still has enough power. Long aftertaste. Unbelievable what a wine Montrose made in this vintage.