Mess of a year, hell of a wine. This is as good as it's going to get. Bouquet meets you as soon as the cork is pulled, and maintains after decanting. Fully resolved tannins. It's elegant, svelte and lithe; and a complete delight.
Une petite bouteille à déguster tranquillement avec les gnocchis maison à la roquette/ricotta et zeste de citron avec mozz di buffala,tomate cerise et huile de basilic. Un nez superbe qui annonce un Bordeaux avec une belle fraicheur. J'aime de plus en plus les vieux Bordeaux avec une teneur en alcool moindre que maintenant. Plus accessible à mon avis.. Beaucoup de fruits compotés rouge, tabac blond, un petit boisé à peine goûté. Côté 89.9 sur CT ?? Nann...beaucoup mieux que ça à mon avis. 93 et il est sur son plateau...pente à peine descendante.. Ne pas se priver de le boire maintenant plus frais que chaud !!!
Last tasted 6 years ago. Looking back on my note it looks pretty consistent with my new note. Major changes: (1) the nose now has much more lacquered wood, some noticeable graphite and also - sadly - some alcohol coming through; (2) my comment back then about muted tannins seems strange because there's plenty of tannin to keep this going. Unfortunately I'm not sure the depth of fruit will keep going for much longer. Still very pleasurable, but I have to agree with other reviewers that the palate is on the light and short side (and on the decline). Despite still having a delightful nose, this wine's best years are behind it. 13%, $55 back in the day at Trader Joe's.
A great maturing Bdx nose on this, old school with currant, tobacco, pepper, soil, cedar. On the palate it still has plenty of life and round fruit, and it holds up well over the course of the night. More about the nose than the palate, I suppose, but it gives a lot of pleasure and was actually one of the best wines of the night. Holds its ground.
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(Chateau Montrose St Estèphe) A dark, mature colour. On the nose this wine is inky, dull, fairly closed. On the palate it has a rounded texture, with somewhat sweet fruit, and good balance. Fresh, cleansing acidity. Some tannins and a little length. After tasting the remaining wines it becomes apparent that this is one of the better wines of the tasting.
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