1986 Château Montrose

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Community Tasting Notes (112) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • 31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: When opened, some thought it might be corked, but it turned out to be just pronounced bottle stink. After 3 hours in the decanter it was all gone. Some black currants, shy, hint of green, but also some interesting notes verging on complexity; lots of tannin and acidity, which the fruit cannot match. ‘1986 meets Montrose’. Some may call this ‘classic’, others just skinny. I am between those poles.

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  • It always happens like this. Finally the wine has truly come into it's own. The tannic monster that was before , is no longer. A very good wine finally emerges...and of course, its my last bottle. 1 hour decant and got even better in the glass over time.

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  • Food: Teppanyaki
    Duration: 2 hours
    Condition: Perfect
    Aroma: dark fruits, smoke, graphite
    Notes: still pretty dark in color, tannins pretty smooth. Tasted this as a vertical of 86,88,91 and this tasted a lot less impressive than the one I had at the chateau, nevertheless after vertical tasting of 3 vintages it proves how consistent Montrose wines are regardless of bad or good vintage. I believe this is at its prime drinking window and should be consumed with pleasure in the next 6 years. Drink now-2021.

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  • Belle couleur rubis profond, avec ocelle brique. Lourd avec grosses larmes lentes. Beaucoup de matière. 12.5°.
    Joli nez très fin et complexe, aromatique et bouqueté. Sur de belles senteurs de fruits noirs (cassis et myrtilles) avec pointe de fruits rouges (fraises) et de petites senteurs bois de cèdre.
    Attaque ample et soyeuse qui se développe sur des fruits noirs frais très concentrés (cassis et myrtilles). Fond de réglisse et de mine de crayon présentant un bois parfaitement intégré.
    Immense finale carbonée et fruitée avec d'extraordinaires tanins. Remarquablement frais, l'équilibre est parfait et la matière monstrueuse.
    Un Montrose de 30 ans qui en parait 10 ! Une merveille de puissance et d'équilibre qui se présente toujours avec des fruits frais et une admirable fraicheur.

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  • Classic Bordeaux, plum, kirch, pencil, great structure in form of aciddity and tannins but i felt like the alkohol sticks of a bit and a green finish that i did not either understand what was and did not enjoy very much. Can easily be stored for many more years and the only reason why i opened it now was beacuse of my girlfriends birthday (also vintage -86).

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  • Great form no worries

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  • Really enjoyed this. Leather saddle and cigar box super soft tannins linger on the palate for a good minute.

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  • A recent auction purchase, the first bottle opened a month ago` was slightly TCA tainted. The cork smelled TCA which concerned me. Pop and pour, noticeable TCA taint identical to the last bottle. The material is definitely there. Sweet red fruits, plum, cedar, leather and etc. Excellent concentration and silky palate. Based on these two bottles as well as CT notes, I need to point out the possibility of wide spread cork taint or barrel taint. Caveat emptor. I plan to open another bottle soon and if once again TCA tainted, I will avoid the 86 Montrose. Such a shame as this could have been a great example of the 86 Bordeaux. Jamie Manley whose palate that I respect recently wrote a glowing review so perhaps only some were affected.

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  • This was the best bottle of 86 Montrose that I've had, firing on all cylinders. Classic nose of plum, cassis, wet earth, tobacco, black tea, and pencil. Same on the palate, but with greater intensity and very rich fruit - dare I say that it almost reminded me of the 89! A big, bold, and sumptuous aged Bordeaux. Layered and long, this bottle really left an impression. I enjoyed this over 3 days and the wine just seemed to get better. Wow! 96 Pts

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  • Still lovely color and great floral bouquet. Opening glass showed some funky aftertaste with a musty feel and old newspaper texture. Mellowed out and allowed the leather saddle and cedar box to dominate. A fine drinking wine after 28 years.

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  • Decanted two hours. Deep, really beautiful colour. Nose & palate reminiscent of old leather chairs and books, or a musty old spaniel snoozing by a winter fire. A touch of TCA, which did not disappear. Not the best of bottles, but we really quite enjoyed it, so I won't simply dismiss it as flawed. A bottle in 2010 was magnificent, but another opened the same evening was badly corked. Others on CT have had the same experience, which leads me to wonder whether Montrose had TCA contamination in the chai in the late '80s, just as Latour did in the early '90s.

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  • Clear. Light redish color, some bricking.
    Clean. Developing. Dense nose, lots of fruit, developing. Classic.
    Very good concentration and intensity on the nose.
    Balanced, med+ acidity, med+ tannins (some raw 86 tannins as well), lots of fruit, slightly sweet fruit.
    Good+ length on the finish.

    After more air it tightens up, but also seems more seamless and balanced. The structure is still very present.

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  • Still in perfect condition but won't get better anymore. Drink now, 93pts!

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  • Tight on the pnp, tight after 90 mins in the decanter, drank most of the bottle 8 hours later (around the fire at midnight) and it was much better with some fruit having come fwd to balance the structure and leather / tight spice elements, not a rebuy for me and paled next to the '89 Montrose i had earlier in the week

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  • Last of 18 bottles this evening. I sincerely mean it was dark red and had aromas of leather, herbs and minerals. Big and tannic it was too. Otherwise, judgement reserved.

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  • No detailed notes, but this was a lovely mature Bordeaux, still showing flashes of youthful fruit along with lots of forest floor, terrific balance, perfect with food. This bottle would not have held much longer, but wasn't in perfect condition so may not be representative.

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  • nose - celery, ash
    mouth - fruit punch, cherry pit, slight bitter herbal midpalate flavors. nicely alive and complex still with excellent structural tannins.

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  • Bordeaux 1986 Horisontal Tasting: Mature fruit and complexity. Tight structure and still seem young.

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  • Granato cupissimo. Al naso grafite, scatola di sigaro, pepe nero, ribes, terriccio, fungo, menta, incenso, cera d’api, cassapanca. Bocca che esalta le note terziarie che ricordano anche il caffè americano. Buona la lunghezza

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  • Everything I want a Montrose to be. Smoky and sauvage, evocative of small towns in the French countryside, of the earth. A beautiful experience.

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  • Unfortunately corked. Cork was fairly dry when removed.

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  • Rustikk, grov. Mye brett på dag 1, nesten udrikkelig. Blåste av til dag 2. Ikke en god Montrose...

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  • High expectations and disappointed. While I find the 01 Montrose an excellent and very intriguing wine, am yet to drink a really convincing mature Montrose. After a flawed 78, an ok but given the vintage underwhelming 95, comes this Montrose from the 86 vintage which I really like drinking these days.
    Bottle in outstanding condition - high fill. Poured into decanter and drank a few glasses immediately with Iberico pork at home. Then let it sit in the decanter for about 2h before going back to the wine. Still a fairly dark garnet. Surprisingly accessible immediately upon opening - neither closed nor tannic but a nice, fairly mature and easy drinking Bordeaux with the meat. Two hours later this has become more tannic but still not particularly expressive. You have to swirl for quite a while to get sous bois and some sweet dark fruit out of the nose. On the palate tobacco and leather and some dark fruit. Medium (-), drying tannins. Quite nice medium finish.
    While I admire the 01 Montrose for being a dark and mysterious wine "in sotto voce", this 86 is also speaking at a low voice but here it's more like it's losing its voice for good. I think this will dry out in the mid-term (3-4 years) and perhaps have a come back in the long run (10 years) but is it worth the wait...? 90-91

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  • Having been unbroachable, and only drunk by masochists, and having developed at a funereal pace for the best part of a quarter of a century, Godot has finally arrived. And he is a bit of a hooligan. The nose is secondary, with interesting notes of rotting garbage, and stale ashtray. On the palate it is still a brute; big, brawny and chewy, with a lot of density and power, a characteristic of the vintage, and some iron metallic notes thrown in for good measure. Velvet gloves off, this packs a punch and is exhilarating to drink.

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  • Nose of earth, leather, tobacco and dark fruit. Initially tight on the palate, but opened and got sweeter after 2 hours in the decanter. Plenty of time of ahead.

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  • Wine club does 86/90 Bordeaux (and others): Alas, TCA. But underneath, the suggestion of a delicious, leathery wine.

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  • Boston CT Offline (Concord, MA): The Montrose was initially somewhat muted and showed a bit of TCA taint. The flaw grew as the day went on and it was clearly corked. Too bad as it was clear that a very nice wine was beneath the cork taint.

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  • Deep red, slight orange edge, thick slow drops. Fresh unripe fruit, apples? Some wood. Raspberry and red fruit nose. Tastes of red fruit, red currant, some leather, tobacco, tannins are present. Up front fruit, with tannins taking over before yielding to fruit again. Very long aftertaste.

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  • Very dark red/purple color. This seemed pretty ready on opening so just gave this a 3hr slow-O followed by a splash into decanter and immediately back to bottle for transport. Drank 2+ glasses over dinner where it continued to evolve over 2.5hrs.. This was one of those noses that you just get lost in, explosive from the glass with a perfume of florals, sandalwood and leather, cassis, blueberry, damp earth and pencil lead. The palate is concentrated and complex and caressing, earth, cassis, black cherry, graphite, spice, minerals, mushroom. Integrated tannins, mature and easily 90 seconds on the finish. The last bottle I had 2 years ago was great too and tonight the nose was equal to the palate or vice versa!

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  • Wonderful and still fruity. Very impressive all through the evening.

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  • Château Montrose / Tronquoy-Lalande tasting; 7/2/2013-7/3/2013 (Ciel Bleu (**) Amsterdam Okura hotel): From magnum. Classic: tar, tobacco, pencil lead, earthy. It's an old Bordeaux which becomes older quickly in the glass. But what a joy to taste something which done it's best to become better for 27 years.

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  • PnP. Bottle was in great shape. Cedar, structured nose. Took about 20 mins to stretch its legs, after which it shined. Medium weight on the palate with tons of finesse and still plenty of structure. Sure, this probably would've benefitted from a decant but it was fabulous as it was. No rush to open yours but I see no huge reason to wait either, this showed beautifully. Thanks, JP!

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  • color seemed slightly darker than i would have expected, nose was light / reticent, palate was mostly secondary on day one, more fruit on day two and three... wine overall improved over the three days i drank it, nice balance subtle wine... easy drinking

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  • Just a very nice mature Bordeaux. Drinking perfectly now.

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  • When I first decanted the bottle at 10:30 am, it tested bland, the taste washed out by its age. We drank it at 7:00 PM along other St-Estèphe and magic occured... it came back to life. Although it did taste as if it was on life support, it's structure and complexity were very present. A really nice experience.

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  • Super Bowl 2013 (Cumming, GA): Corked.

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  • Bordal à Bernex (Cabernets majoritaires) (Chez moi): Bouteille en parfaite condition, niveau juste au-dessous de into the neck. Décantée 2H avant dégustation. Couleur grenat sombre, très belle. Nez en retrait, ne livrant quasiment pas tout au long de la soirée. Bouche facile, peu de matière, même s'il y avait des fruits noirs et du cuir. Finale assez longue, tanins lisses. Doit-on encore l'attendre?

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  • this bottle showed much better than previous bottles. I let this decant and aerate for about 1 1/2 hours. Made all the difference in the world. Very good wine. But not sure I would buy it at current prices (2012)

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  • Just limited notes. The bouquet is quite mature. On the palate still some faint cassis, earth and drying tannin in the finish. Still a beautiful and complex wine, but a bit past its prime or just on the edge.

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  • Cos-Montrose Battle (Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent): Clean and clear, but lacks live and panache. I think this wine has passed its peak a few years ago. Still considerable length, medium bodied, some remembrance of ripe fruit, but the finish is marked by old acidity and rusty impressions. Palatable, alas one of the weaker wines of tonight. 16/20

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  • beastly opaque, shows mature aromas of red flowers, potpourri and red cherry, medium bodied, very dry, round, mature qualities, dried cherry, leather, dark berries, mineral and smoked wood chips describe the complex flavors, in the drinking window now but with much stuffing to last

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  • a year and a half since my last bottle and not much change. This one still tastes like a youngster, but it getting that barnyard nose . When or if this will ever be ready, I have no idea, but its still tannic and about an hour of aeration barely softened it up. A good drink though, but not really my style. Will sell the rest or just put them in the back of my cellar and wait another 5 -10 years.

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  • Tasted after having a 1986 Figeac and a 1986 Pichon Lalande the night before. Aromas of cassis, cigar box, herbs and minerals. I actually quite adored the minerality on this wine as I am usually more of a Burgundy drinker. This was clearly the most elegant and finessed of the three 86 Bordeauxs we tasted. Racier than the Pichon Lalande, but with less concentration, this was very enjoyable. Although the tannins are still not resolved and this has room for improvement, this will seemingly get better with more age and the last sip was the best. Quite good length.

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  • Mysteriously closed on the nose. Slightly out of balance, dominating tannins. Great grip though, and lots of cassis aromas mingle in the long aftertaste.

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  • Tasted at WSDC event. Lovely dark and brooding nose still, still a bit of tannin but almost fully resolved. Dark fruit, spice, mineral.

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  • Bought early and stored well. Opened at Met club on 28Feb12. First half of cork brokeup but rest ok. Waited 30 min and red color with wet rag/bret and some leather, tobacco, plum and cassis. Decanted and opened up some but still needs 5-10 years.

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  • Decanted and consumed over the course of about three hours. The wine has a surprising red color turning to brick/burnt orange on the rim. Immediately after being decanted the nose showed stewed fruit, wet tobacco, cedar and black tea, which gained complexity and power over the course of the night. The palate is medium bodied (I expected more on the palate) with notes of old book, mushroom, forest floor, plum flesh, baked blueberry, black tea and very refined, almost papery tannins. Once paired with medium-rare flank steaks, the palate took on more heft and substance and a familiar balsamic vinegar note. The finish was medium, though very pleasant. This wine is at it's peak now, though will remain here for some time. Definitely a great bottle!

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  • still on the young side, a lot of substance left, will hit its top within 10 years or so I feel, 2 hours decanter, even then the nose waslstill completely closed, it only opened up after an hour in the glass, a great wine (in the making)

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  • Ganz großes Kino: jung und kräftig, vielschichtig, perfekte Reife!

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  • Decant for two hours. Rustic, old world style.

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  • A very good wine. Opened and decanted for three hours, could have gone even longer. Forward pepper and tannins that linger. This could sit in the cellar for several more years.

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  • First bottle was corked. Mmmm this bottle lacks fruits..... worry about the rest of my case....

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  • 86 Bored Oh: Double decanted for 3-4 hours. This is another wine that continued to gain depth and complexity with time. The 86s will indeed be long lived, and I for one am not afraid of the fruit dying off before the tannins resolve (few cases where this may be the case...). Great balance, boardering between austere classic Bordeaux and an introductory maturity plateau. Lovely earthiness with deep red cassis/fruit. I kept going back to this wine. Upside.

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  • Slightly corked. Compact and thin, soft and vacant.

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  • Old drier style. Decant two hours. A lot of character.

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  • The Big Bordeaux Redux: 1986, 1990, 1995 and 1998 (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Very dark red color, no bricking at all. Decanted 4+ hours, drank over 4 hours. This was a bit slower to open to open in the glass, proabably took 15-20 minutes and then it really blossomed. Really floral nose of perfume, lush, lush ripe red fruits first, earth, then ripe cassis. While the nose is rich, the palate is where this really shines, vibrant in the mouth, lush mouthfeel, cassis and red berries, great concentration, velvety refined tannins, dusty gravel, long finish - 30sec plus. My and group #3 WOTN with 6 of 7 3rd place votes and 8pts total. This was spectacular.

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  • Jack brought this to dinner last night. He decanted it for about an hour at the restaurant. Earthy. Raw. Notes of cedar and mushroom. A very supple wine with soft tannins. Smooth finish. 91-92 points.

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  • Decanted 90 minutes. Bricking violet red. Cherry, cassis with loads of spicy, sweet, and dried leafy notes on the nose. Palate has silky, light weight, bright fruit with quite soft tannins and a good thread of acidity. Complex and finesseful. Good penetrance and length for a 'non-weighty', low alcohol, cab-based wine. I think this has peaked.

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  • Decanted. Plum red with bricking meniscus. Fully developed with moderate bouquet of warm cherry sucret, sous bois, black licorice, caramelized sweet potato, sandalwood and iron. Very soft on the palate with plush fruit, surprisingly soft, chalky and delicate tannin, moderate acid and a rather lean finish. Structurally the wine leaves me a bit underwhelmed. Developed flavors of warm red apple skin, tart black currant, wild strawberry and mocha before hints of cedar, iodine and tea. I don't have much idea of 86's in general, but this example bewilders me. I am missing all the dense structure and lost in the softness, the gentleness and the kindness, perhaps overwhelmed by fruit? Can this be? The acid level gives me hope that this wine will hold but developmentally, this wine is at, or just past it's peak...Drink.

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  • Good, but expected more. Should have decanted it.

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  • Decanted for 2 hours ... and it could have been longer. This wine is remarkably youthful. Beautiful, transparent red color. Tannins and cherries dominate on the nose and palate. Medium body with nice acidity. Enjoyable wine.

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  • wine still appears to be very young. A big,tannic wine that will most likely live longer than me.... a nice wine, decant for at least 2 hours beforehand,but I think this will reward patience. Tuck it away in the back of your cellar for another 10 years.

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  • dark , very nice bordeaux nose, well integrated tannins and fruit still strong....had with 90 Pape clement and 04 Lafite...all just strong performers in a wonderful Xmas eve dinner with friends

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  • Julefrokost 2010 (Casa Smidt): Very defective!

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  • Amazingly "young" colour for a 24-year-old wine. So youthful and fresh in both its bouquet and taste. Decanted and drunk within 2 hours. Aromas of strawberries, cedar, tobacco and green pepper which, however, fainted quite fast. Taste of berries and mint and very smooth tannins. Perfectly balanced and a very elegant bordeaux. Could be kept for many years.

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  • Delicious. By no Means deteriorating.

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  • One bottle corked, the other truly sublime. Decanted one hour. Dark very fresh limpid colour, no lightening at edge. Nose complex, rich, fruity. Rich, sweet, complex & long on palate. Tannins completely integrated, perfect acidity and fruit balance. Everything 1986 in the Northern Medoc was heralded to be, but it has taken 24 years to fulfil that promise! It's a great pleasure to look forward to my remaining 8 bottles, but there is no need to hurry with these.

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  • This bottle was not close to retiring, so full of life and further potential. Very classically elegant and such a textbook tight claret structure. Wish I had kept this ten more years.

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  • Wow! - the last bottle of a case I purchased about 22 years ago -- and the best bottle by far. This bottle had a textbook bordeaux nose of dark fruits, cassis, leather and earth. The aromas were outrageously complex and totally seamless. Aromas carried over to the palate with the addition of some minerality and dried herbs - all in a highly complex potpourri of flavors. Medium weight with a very elegant mouthfeel, terrific balance and a sublime, lingering finish. Unlike prior bottles, there were no harsh edges, excess tannins or excessive acidity. Absolutely spectacular. 95+

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  • Classic Montrose nose of dark fruits, cedar and a bit of funk. Medium body with a slightly lean mouthfeel. If this were a burgundy, I would say it has good grip as it has some bite and good acidity. Medium-long, fruity and slightly dry finish. Overall very good, but also just a bit lean and just slightly brawny. I think it has peaked, and I would drink over the next 5 years before the fruit starts to decline. Update: vacuumed the bottle and left overnight. Took on a lot more body and developed softer edges - a smoother, richer wine the next day.

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  • Ken's Birthday (Inovasi, Lake Bluff, IL): Unfortunately corked. Dark, chewy fruits still come through on the nose and palate, but I cannot get past the cork on the nose and palate.

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  • Ken's Birthday (Inovasi; Lake Bluff, IL): A bit corked which shows in the shut down, hard front. Some brett. Slightly sharp acidity. OK - not nearly up to what this wine is capable of.

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  • Decanted and served immediately at cellar temperature. Color shows some age, but still dark. Classic nose - actually, classic in almost every dimension. I remember trying one of these 10 years ago and hoping time would resolve things - and it has. This drinks well now, with the tannins more resolved and the wine more balanced. With a bit more air, the tannins become more apparent, but never too much. A bit short of the fruit that a great one - but a really, really nice Bordeaux that is drinking well and will not get better, but should hold for a few years. A-

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  • Classic cedar and red fruit notes. Deep, and heady. Well resolved and very well balanced on the palate - particularly for an '86 as this has a very fine, almost new world tannin structure. Medium body. Streamlined. Very enjoyable.

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  • Slightly rusty color. Dark cherry, currant, and plum aromatics with some cocoa and smoke. Very fruit forward with nice minerality and acidity balance. Lengthy finish with very soft tannins.

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  • 1986 Dinner (The Library, Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Decanted for 6 hours. Nearly transparent, deep red colour. Lovely perfumed and feminine quite restrained nose with a predominance of pencil lead. Fantastic slightly dry palate of mellowed tannins, fresh balanced acidity and great depth and intensity of principally blackcurrant fruits. Lovely and poised on the palate. Good length and good resonance......all lightness. A lovely sweetness comes through with extended time in the glass. A fully resolved 1986 and quite exquisite on the night.

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  • Intense colour, hardly fading to rim. Medium aromatics (more Pauillac than St Estephe). Rather thin and bitter in mouth. 87P for me this evening. My guests thought it better: "soft and mild; broad. 90P"

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  • CT London Event (Hide Bar, Bermondsey, London): This pushed the 1976 Tondonia, 1985 Clos des Papes and 1994 Grange very closely for the WOTD crown. Drinking at its absolute peak right now and a fine example of how good an aged claret can be. Another very "wow" nose. Deep, aromatic and warm, with cedar wood, leaf, a touch of comte cheese, toabacco, green pepper and the faintest hint of flower. So very complex and developed. Palate was every bit as complete. Balanced and round, with melted powdery tannins sliding like velvet through the mouth, just caressing the palate with deep dark and lovely fruit. This has just the finest and most round and complete structure imaginable. Lots of richness and concentration too, all the way onto the very lovely and resolved finish that showed more dark fruit, some stewed tea, tobacco, herbs and a sprig of mint. Not the most complex of wines on the palate, but incredibly lovely on the day. Could not have asked for more from this wine.

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  • A mouth full of wine. Spreading in the mouth completely with ripe and mature impressions and still power as well. Cassis and pleasant vanilla from the oak. Complex and juicy with a long finish. Completely ready now, but no real hurry.

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  • Too dark in the restaurant to see the color well. Cork in great condition. Young at heart even after a good half hour in a decanter with some fairly vigorous swirling. Lovely aromas and flavors of coffee, plum and graphite. Tannins smoothed out but still present, leaving an impression much more of elegance than power at age 22. I don't think this is for the ages but well stored should easily see another 5-8 years.

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  • Typical Montrose - dark purple colors, dark cherry nose with just a hint of barnyard, medium body, lean structured dark berry flavors with some tar and leather in the background. Age has added a brickish edge to the color and the tannins have softened over the years. Not quite fully balanced, the fruit is slightly overshadowed by the tannins. Did not improve much after the first 30 min. I would drink up soon while the fruit remains.

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  • A nice bottle with at least five years of life left, probably more. Perhaps some tannin will outlive the fruit but there is some solid earthy fruit. Not a thrilling wine but solid with some nuance.

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  • the colour is showing definite signs of age - wonderful montrose bouquet - tannins are beautifully integrated into the fruit - lovely soft wine, but drink soon

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  • Bright clear medium body
    nose: initialy red fruit plums/cherries medium/ low intesity. evolving to leather chocalate, mushrooms earthy aroma's
    Palate: rich red fruit with lots of complexity andbarnyard earthy flavours. Super fine tannins and good acid balance.
    very fine sophisticated wine with long intense finish.
    This was a very very good wine which we thought might have been past its best but was superb with a steak/ Mushroom casserole.
    Wine was decanted very gently and drank over 2 hours. It was starting to loose focus at the end so don't give it too much air.

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  • Drank at EMP. Very strong showing for this wine. Loads of fresh black cherry, stony minerals that lent a chewy texture with a hair of black olive. THe fruit kept expanding over time in the glass and finish was firmly tannic. This was on the mineral side more than herbal side of the spectrum and the wine seems to have another 5-10 years of peak drinking at least.

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  • UK Wine Pages - Chateau Montrose Vertical (Le Colombier, Kensington, London.): Dark savoury nose but some nice perfume. Very well structured on the palate, in fact the tannins out-last the fruit on the slightly stripped finish. Perhaps low-level cork taint? *1/2

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  • This was sublime. Beautifully integrated tannins with long smooth finish. Decanted for two hours - deep purple red color and throwing remarkably little sediment for a 20-year old wine. Interesting but restrained nose that was exceeded by its taste - cassis, cherry, tobacco notes that were very clean and smooth. Phenomenal with steaks and corn - exactly what one would hope for from a great '86.

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  • Open this an hour before dinner. initially, earthy nose with hint of truffle but a little underwhelming. the wine opened up after hour and a half and continued to improve over the course of the dinner (wine still evolving after three hours when we had our last pour). Concentrated with tinge of brown at the rim. Great nose. Pencil shavings, dark fruit, hint of cloves and tobacco. Lots of good wine smells better than it tastes but not this one. In the mouth, it was sublime. It rolled in the mouth in a perfect harmony of fruit and tannin. There is nothing angular about this. Tannin was round and gave great structure. Soft acidity but spicy enough to freshen up the wine. AND the finish... how should I discribe this... this is the closest that you will come to tasting a cigar if without having one. It lingered in my throat with that pleasant tinge of bitterness for more than 20 seconds. The whole tasting experience was a crescendo that climaxed at the finish. To me this is what sets a great wine apart the merely good ones.
    I have cooked up a good steak for my wife but the wine was the star of the show.

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  • Garrigue, redcurrant and cedar on the nose. The palate is excellent, everything on its way to being resolved and in its place. Really enjoyable now.

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  • Better than the first bottle I had, but still underwhelming. Both were auction purchases and likely sustained heat damage at some point in their lives.

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  • Still fresh and without any sign of oxidation. Lacks fruit character but makes up with nice earthy notes, truffle, tobacco, mocha, sandal. Don't know if the fruit faded with time or was not there in the first place. Very round and velvety mouthfeel.

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  • Drank over three hours, very underwhelming overall. Not much on the nose at any point, after an hour or so the taste opened up some with fruit and earth coming through, it then seemed to fade pretty quickly with the tannins becoming dominant. It was a smooth drinker, but offered no complexity of any sort and the finish was really nonexistent.

    I've got other bottles so I'm hoping this was just a poor showing.

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  • Ch. Montrose Dinner (Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Stunning. My WOTN. Lovely colour. Great nose. Wonderful balanced and absolutely classic Bordeaux. A bit too tannic and austere to be perfect but it got better with time in the glass, notwithstanding the 6 hour decant. Some "in your head" qualities and good length.

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  • Initial nose is very earthy, like you could pull the vine out of the dirt and smell the roots. There was still a good amount of fruit left on the initial pour but that seemed to fade pretty quickly. However, the wine was still very complex and smooth. Quite enjoyable but this bottle was probably right at the later stages of the prime drinking window.

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  • Tasting Group Dinner - Steaks & Montrose (Dave's House): Wow, this was seriously smooth, showing delicious minerally dark fruit, earth, and coffee. Sappy and dense; still tannic. Great clarity and precision. Gorgeous. WOTF for me.

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  • Another Tuesday Night in Minneapolis (Montrose 82, 86, 89, 90, 95, 01, 03, 04): Double decanted about four hours before serving. The nose offered a big whiff of dark fruit and mineral with some earthiness. Excellent. The mouthfeel was tremendous -- smooth, balanced, resolved tannin. Flavors of red fruit, mineral, and earth were strong from the initial attack through the long, longering finish. Chris thought the flavors dropped a bit at mid-palate, but I didn't really detect this. A wonderful wine.

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  • Brick tinged, ruby color with some browning at the edge of the rim. Herbs, tobacco, licorice, cassis and earthy notes in the nose. Masculine and brutish in style. Probably close to full maturity. This is for lovers of austere claret stylings.

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  • It was hard to tell if this was corked or if it had that Bordeaux funk. I could see the wine but it was masked by this funk. Either way the wine must have been flawed.

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  • Medium bodied. Shy nose. Pretty gamey with tons of earth and brett. Will have to try another to see if that is the bottle or the wine.

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  • Blind 1986 Bordeaux vs. California (Cabernet) Tasting (Chicago IL): Blind 86 Bordeaux vs. CA tasting. Nose shows lots of plum and cassis with good spice and oak contributions. Palate follows through from nose nicely, showing dense smoky black fruit. Good balance and density. Long finish. I liked this much better than the group, which found it tannic.

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  • 1.5L. A huge wine. Tight and still youthful. Plenty of fruit, but still reserved and tannic. Could have aged a few more years 91? Pts. (2/00)
    Really sweet lovley fruit. Nice and balanced. 92 pts. 1/06
    86 Bord v. Cali My #10, Group #8 - Full deep red with slight lightening. forward nose of bright black fruit, cedar, licorice, and briar. Big mouthful of tight tannic dustry chew black fruit and coffee with a sour finish. 87 pts. 5/06

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  • This was not a great example of this wine, and I have certainly had better on several occasions. It opened up very quickly and nicely, a little shy on the nose, yet bold with cassis and some spicy, slightly green (Bay leaf?) on the palate. Still fairly firm in the character of the vintage, for about an hour it was pretty loving actually. Unfortunately, then it either faded or clamped down with the fruit disappearing and the tannins coming to the fore, showing a lot more astringency. Slightly rasphy and bitter, where did the wine go here? I wanted to give this a higher score, but that was this bottle.

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  • Bad bottle?

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  • Blair's Burgundy and Bordeaux Blowout: This was the surprise of the evening. A dusty garnet in color this wine had a rustic look and feel to it. A nice mature nose giving off leather and some dried black fruits. Rich and voluptuous, without the searing tannins that I've seen with other wines from this vintage. This has plenty of fruit and structure to go for quite a few more years but it is a nice glass of mature claret right now.

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  • The color on this baby was unreal, still almost purplish, very brooding, similar to 86 Cos. A wonderful, classic Bordeaux left bank on the nose, blackcurrents, cedar, leather. On the palate this still is showing lots of tannin, in fact I'm not sure it will ever be resolved. This is extreamely chewy, with a good bit of fruit, alot of dusty tannins, leatherville. The last one I had was more acessable, this was drinkable but begs for 5 more years.

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  • Medium bodied, amazingly looks less than 5 yrs old, soft nose of cedar, berries but a hint of cork, well balanced, long finish with glycerin, tobacco, tar, but almost no tannins; after a 3 hour decant, it gained weight adding notes of smoke and chalk

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  • Very dark black/ruby/purple coloration with absolutely no bricking or fading. Medium full bodied wine displaying enjoyable flavors of crushed stone, black raspberries, black currants, earth, tobacco, anise, and oak. A formidable battalion of tannin rushes in just behind the fruit to coat the mouth. The finish lasts 35-40 seconds with just a touch of tartness. This wine took a good 3.5 hours to drink it's best of the night, but still requires a few more years to develop as this wine is still fairly primary. 93 points, Drink 2009-2024.

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  • I really like the Montose. It has aged superbly well, is balanced, and drinking fabulously now. I decanted the wine 30 minutes before serving. Out of the bottle, it was tasting good, but certainly opened up after 30 minutes and continued to evolve after an hour. Nose of dark fruit, subtle oak, and sweat tannins, dusty leather, tobacco and blend perfectly into a nice aged Bordeaux. If I were to find fault, it would be intensity of frut, this seemed somewhat diminished, and a slight metallic component in the nose and in the mouth. Medium length on the finish..

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  • Dinner at Mistral with Mark. Upon first opening this showed a bit of stink and was very tight and astringent. However, I double decanted immediately and went to the restaurant. Upon pouring at this point (30 minutes after the wine was opened), this showed a gregarious and explosive nose with mineral, cassis and a hint of tobacco. The palate was deep, black and tannic, surprisingly powerful. Over the course of three hours this just kept opening and gaining flesh and power. This was still quite tight and tart with a tannic and somewhat acidic core showing some raspberry. The real powerful aspects of this wine were the structure and the nose, as both were deeply impressive.

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  • (Dinner with Christophe & Alex) I am such a sucker for aged Bordeaux. The nose was screaming of tobacco with some lovely floral elements and cedar. This was just a lovely nose of mature Bordeaux with beautiful complexity. On the palate this was initially stern and brooding with massive structure and mouth searing tannin, although after a few hours it softened and had a gorgeous, soft mid palate. Despite this, loads of structure is still evident, and this wine clearly has a long life ahead. The finish show dustiness, persistence and purity. A simply lovely bottle and much nicer than one Mark and I shared a couple of months ago.

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  • Vibrant barnyard,cigarbox,cassis nose.Fruity but a little harsh palate.

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