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Community Tasting Notes (9) Avg Score: 95.4 points

  • From a cold cellar bought on release. Very dark with some browning. Floral, tobacco, dark fruits on the nose. Very good structure and balance. Believe it or not, there are still some tannins that need to be resolved and the wine needs more time. Good fruit. Excellent and should get better. 95

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  • Dinner at home with friends (Our home Northfield IL): Absolutly wonderful, deep garnet color, super intense nose, went on in the glass and developed wonderfully, a classic and still has time!

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  • Pity this was an off bottle; in the bouquet only acidic impressions, on the palate almost aceto balsamico. No score.

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  • This wine grabbed you from the get go and did not let up. I have enjoyed some older montrose such as 66, 70, 75, but this was just on another level.......and then some. The color was extremely rich for a 57 year old wine. We all thought it resembled a wine from the early 80's. Nose was typical Bordeaux with elegance (something I don't ever associate with montrose) and symmetry to behold. Every aroma, flavor, nunance was in perfect balance providing pleasure individually and in aggregate. Hot bricks, leather, cherry, strawberry, dried leaves, cedar are some of depiction I can recall. Over the 3.5 hour course of our dinner, this wine delivered the fireworks. To our amazement, practically no sediment from this bottle.

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  • Fill was at the base of the neck. Popped and poured. Dark garnet color with only minimal bricking at the rim. Classic St. Estephe nose of cedar, spice, and a hint of tobacco. Very expressive from the get-go. There was plenty of fruit left on the palate with currant predominant. Silky tannins remained to enhance the mouthfeel but oh what a finish. Long and persistant that left a smile on everyone's face. I have tasted the '59, '89. and '90 and this bottle was the best Montrose I have ever tasted. I had another bottle of the '55 approx. 2 years ago. Although that bottle was good, it paled in comparison to this one. One of the best Bdx I have tasted.

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  • By John Kapon
    Epic European Vacation, 9/6/2011 93 points

    (Montrose) The ’55 Montrose needed some time to blow off its cobwebs as it was quite chalky at first.  Some carob and caramel emerged, and some red fruit came out of its wet and earthy shadows.  The palate was a bit singular, stalky and brothy, but it still flashed some red fruits.  An interesting comment came at the end about many Biodynamic wines not aging well past 5-6 years because the sulfur levels are too low.  Take it for what you will.

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/30/2009, (See more on 95 points

    (Château Montrose) Slightly cloudy, bricked, medium raspberry red color; elegant cassis nose with subtle tobacco; tasty, mature cassis, mild tobacco, tart raspberry palate with balance and depth; long finish (begins to fade after 45 minutes in the glass)

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  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 95 points

    (Montrose) was no slouch, quickly picking up where the 1959 left off. The nose was seductive with great cedar, nut and caramel aromas, and touches of animal, brick and cinnamon. The nose was fabulous and almost stole the show from the 1959. I went on my '55 tangent, about how this was probably one of the most overlooked, overall, great vintages of the century. Frank chipped in how it was Jean-Michel Cazes' favorite vintage as well. Secondary layers of spice, earth and sawdust of cedar rounded out its complex nose. The palate was great; its earthy flavors fit right in with its overall personality, and caramel ones supplemented the earth wonderfully. It was a close call with the 1959, which ultimately had more power and hence a higher score

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