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Community Tasting Notes (67) Avg Score: 94.0 points

  • Bordeaux Confidential SF (SF): decanted 3 hours in advance)
    54% cab 46% merlot
    Star-bright gorgeous ruby-red in the glass.
    On the nose, bretty, and a bit of lambic character (some refermentation in the bottle?).
    On the palate, undeniably great balance. Alcohol is only 13.2% but feels a bit more elevated. It makes sense to me that this is dominated by cabernet - it’s ripe, it’s full, but with less of the fur coat of Merlot.
    Less plummy, dominated by tart dark cherry. But still a bit plush. Oak isn’t apparent to me. Good structure, aggressive tannins, ripe fruit.
    Score: Around 9.

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  • (Decanter's Bordeaux '05, '09, '10 tasting) :: My wine of the event. It is all here! The bouquet just fills the glass and is revealing a complete panoply of flavours. Very sweet & ripe tannins, balanced with incredible earth, minerals and clay, forest, mushroom, lifted aromatic herbs, flowers, a hint of mint. Exceptional.

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  • Tasted at the Zachys Bordeaux Confidential tasting on 5/14/15. This was one of the best reds I tasted that evening. Cherries, mushrooms. Medium-bodied, well integrated and long, chewy finish. Terrific.

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  • Way more impressive than the 2009 had at the same lunch, much more approachable but after all is a Montrose and their wines take so long to come around! Beautiful ruby with a very delicate perfume of ripe heathy Cassis fruit. Lovely mouthfeel and balance, great length and flavour. Sell 2009 to buy this better vintage!

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  • The 2005 Montrose is a young classic from this great property. The nose is still properly primary and reserved, with fresh, perfectly ripe blackcurrant fruit, graphite, rich soil tones, hints of cigar ash and a nice framing of cedary new oak. Dense, deep, concentrated and very pure, this wine is savoury and structured—an archetypically masculine Montrose that is surely destined to emerge as a benchmark in the decades to come.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Montrose (St Estèphe)) A fine opportunity here to taste this, as I have some in the cellar. The aromatic profile consists of a very rich but well-honed presence of fruit, clearly very youthful, but pleasingly still open to assessment even though we are now at five years of age. On the palate the fruit has an intense but still very primary character, well polished despite its youth. Having had such attractive aromatics lull me into a false sense of security, the palate is more as I would expect at this moment, showing all substance and structure and no pleasure at the moment. The texture has a great, polished style, very firm and composed, bitter almost, with firm and ripe tannins which are actually very well hidden, together with an appropriate seam of acidity. Very savoury, restrained, masculine and in need of time. Perhaps a couple of decades, or maybe more, will do it?

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  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009 94 points

    (Montrose) The 2005 Montrose had a bigger nose with much more fruit. It was concentrated and rich with big, buttery flavors, coffee again and some toast while Alexander The Great noted ‘bitters.’ Despite its bigness, it maintained elegance and had softness. Although its tannins were long, they were fine (94).

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