This bottle was a victim of inconsistent bottling. Why? No sediment...Its really hard to accept why some bottles of wine from the same vintage, from the same cellar, throw lots of sediment and some none. I am not saying this because I enjoyed the wine and then saw that the bottle was clean. I am saying this because the wine seemed a bit hollow and lacking in fruit throughout the whole night. I expected it to gain weight and get better, but it just stayed the same from start to finish. Propped up with great acidity, this wine was very youthful in its appearance, medium to full body, and had a super bordeaux nose of earth and cedar. But.... the wine never delivered what the nose promised and left me hanging... :-( Now I have to go and find a killer Bordeaux to open for the weekend to satisfy this hanging feeling!
Still a really good wine, but missed the mark for a 1996 Montrose experience. Reminded me very much of a Leoville Barton 1996 in its adolescence. Very good but not great. Drink or Hold
Poped and poured, right on opening this is promissing and comes out very open. The nose is one of nice wood, graphite, forest floor in autumn and faded dark fruit. The pallet is very smooth, tannins are still present but nicely integrated, licorice, coffee, cherry's. Has a medium length, but a beautifull aftertaste. (very important!!!) If you have any left don't worry poppin' a cork, if you have a lot of this, no worry's you lucky bastard it will keep . Beautifull Saint Estephe.
Awesome wine! WOTN compared to 1990 Ridge MB and 2010 Kistler Pinot Natalie. Phenomenal structure and intensity. Brooding dark fruit with layers of complexity. Perfect drinking window today but will last for another 10-20 years.
This is the twentieth bottle of Bordeaux I have drunk from before vintage 2000. It's not the best, but it's one of the best experiences I've had. This is the first time I realized there's a solid core of the essential aged Bordeaux experience, a kind of taste that is by its nature indescribable. But we try to describe it anyway because that's how our brains are wired, and because the sensation comes with an equally hard-to-place emotion, somewhere between joy and nostalgia. Good Bordeaux approaches this taste, great Bordeaux exemplifies it. This was a great Bordeaux. Every sip was a little different, but after 2 hours that strange, complex, multi-component secondary core was ascendent, with a finish that was a lovely mushroom funk. This is up there with the Ducru and the Leoville Poyferre for sheer pleasure.
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