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  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 93 points

    (Montrose) which Clive had earlier mentioned as being a poorer vintage for Montrose, along with 1983, so it was an interesting way to start the evening. The 1986 had a pleasant nose, delicate by '86 standards, but still long in the nose with its sultry and perfumed aromas of cassis, nut and light cedar. More nuttiness came out, and the wine became quite pleasantly rich without and heaviness of the tannins or alcohol invading. Cedar came out more and more with coaxing. The palate was nutty with additional flavors of black olives and had a dry, cedary finish, and good acidity. The fruit on the palate was dry, and it was a back-sided wine, typical of 1986, and Steven called it 'slaty.' James Suckling was very happy, reminiscing about 1986 being one of his first vintages in Bordeaux, calling the wine 'typical 1986' with its 'tannins, clean fruit, mineral edge' and predicted a 'long life ahead.' This wine had me torn between 92 and 93 points, back and forth on whether it was excellent or just very good, and due to its tannins and resulting potential, and after seeing how well it lasted in the glass, I decided it was excellent after all, despite the bah humbugs of Uncle Clive

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2004, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Montrose) Sandalwood and cedar nose; tasty, woody, tart cherry and sandalwood palate; medium finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2001, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Montrose St-Estèphe) A good mahogany red colour. Rich yet gravelly red fruit gives the game away - this has to be the Montrose. Firm but elegant tannins on the palate, with finely balanced acidity. Lovely stuff.

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