Decanted 1½ hour. My first Montrose and what a start! It is so balanced, intense and complex as it keeps on developing the glass. Very smooth and with a +45 sec lenght. Was overrun by Pontet-Canet 2000 on the night, but perhaps it will be even better in 5-10 years. Buy it and bury it in the cellar.
This 16 year old Bordeaux from St Estephe is fully mature. I tasted it at 14 and it still had some youth about it then. Now, the colour has mellowed from ruby to mahogany still retaining an inky core. The bouquet has several layers with a bottom note of earth,forest floor and decayed wood. There is a top note of violets and roses. There are spices like cinnamon.There is a hint of youthful blackcurrant. The palate is fullbodied which is not surprising as 2000 was one if the greatest vintages in Bordeaux. Well balanced and elegant. Art, history and nature in a glass.
This is a super wine and vintage of Montrose that keeps improving with age. We should all age this well. Still young, the wine retains a depth of color. The perfume, with its black fruit, cigar box, spice and forest floor nose grabs. On the palate, the dense, powerful wine is even better with a concentrated blast of ripe, dark berries, ripe tannins and sweet cassis in the end note. This beauty is good now and will be even better in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years! If you like Montrose, or just great Bordeaux, this is worth laying a few bottles down in your cellar.
My friend Loek made a very nice selection of four Bordeaux wines from the 2000 Vintage: Labegorce-Zédé, Langoa-Barton, Carruades de Lafite and Montrose. The fourth wine in this little flight was this Montrose. The wine (this bottle!) showed more age than the Langoa and Carruades, smoky (as the other 2000s) juicy, but missing the complexity I notice normally (see my previous notes), maybe not wholly representative.
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(Montrose) How about a case for your great grandchildren? Here it is. Montrose 2000. This wine hurt me, but is still oh so good. Huge nose of minerals, wet stones, chocolate, earth, spice. Almost Pessac-like was my first impression. Palate was really primary and fat with unreal density and precision. Very backwards with a long finish and a resounding thump of tannin at the end. Incredible wine in need of 20-25 years. A monster.
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