Quite a brick fade at the rim; dark mineral nose with remnants of blackcurrant leaf. Quite cool, not a huge amount of ripeness; light to medium weight palate. Pretty but lacking in concentration and has some unresolved drying tannins on the finish. Probably better 10-15 years ago.
Mini-Montrose Vertical - 1973, '85, '94, '95, '96 (Nicolas Restaurant, Teck Lim Street, Singapore): Pretty nice, quite different from the 1973 in profile, but like the older wine, this was also starting to slip. The nose was markedly sweet and ripe, even a bit roasted, with sweet cherries and cassis aromas coming out most of all. A few swirls and some game and earth and a streak of iron came running through the bouquet along with a touch of herby tobacco. This was set apart from almost all the other wines in the line-up with that exuberant sweetness on the nose – it was actually quite nice. The palate seemed a lot more advanced than the bouquet and even a bit tired though, even more so than the quietly fading 1973. It was soft and silky, lacking some grip, just gliding across the mouth in a quick flow of ripe cherries and dark berries. It was very friendly, and there was again a pleasant sweetness to the fruit, but I thought it lacked some oomph. The finish needed a bit more length too, dropping off quickly with a bit of toast and spice and a last blush of tobacco smoke. Quite delicious, but this just lacks a bit of substance. To be fair, I should note that I got to the wine only about an hour after it was opened. I was told it was a bit better, more structured when first popped. However, on this evidence, I would say drink up now.
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