31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: IN/BN – recorked at the Chateau in 1989. Quite a bit of read on color, dark. Green/mint on the nose, almost medicinal. Fine length and structure, indeed. Alas, there is an abundance of drying tannin in the finish making the wine unbalanced. A 48 where the fruit were not powerful enough to survive the tannin.
Hard to describe....... Organoleptic probably not the best wine ever.....but emotionally....yeah....99/100. It is a stunner, but I'm sure it was bettter a few years ago. But on this Christmas dinner ...... I'm sure you know what I mean.
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(Montrose) had an exciting nose, especially since it was a 1948, a vintage of which I had recently tasted a disappointing Haut Brion. It was one of those things that make you go 'mmmmm.' There were great cedar, nut and caramel aromas balanced by smoky, plummy and vanilla ice creamy fruit. The palate was mature yet sturdy, long with nice grip. Its carob and cedar flavors were tasty in that mature way, and there were some teabag and leather flavors as well, but its overall personality was chalky. Wolfgang loved the wine's opulence, and Josh said, 'this is the real story (of the flight) given it is an off vintage.' Ed did not feel '48 was that 'off' a vintage. The palate was a step behind the nose, for sure, but the nose stayed fabulous, with what poker fans would call great 'nuts'
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