AYAYAYE! Just by putting your nose close to the glass, you're getting an amazing experience. Probably at its peak right now, but it should stay there for quite a while. Perfect balance, super complex and tasty, with a very long finish. Typical St-Estephe tiertiary aromas (barnyard, tobacco, leather...) but in a super concentrated way. Wine of the night for everyone - Tied for second place was Clos Lapostolle 2008 and Abreu Cabernet 1996...oh what a night :)
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(Chateau Montrose (St Estèphe)) Not a vintage of Montrose that I have tasted before. Although this doesn't seem very expressive at first it does soon open up to reveal some very typical but still remarkably tight and youthful, claretty fruit. Incredibly this just doesn't come across as anywhere near ready yet. Nice substance on the palate, quite old school, dry and upright but without any sense of austerity. Well judged fruit here, neither austere nor too sweet. Fine acids here too. This will give a lot of pleasure but for my palate it will benefit from a lot more time in the cellar yet. The longevity of Montrose shouldn't come as a surprise but this impressive showing is still rather unexpected.
(Montrose) I have always preferred the 1989 Montrose to the 1990, and this bottle reminded me why. Its nose was yeasty and earthy, quite sexy in a black and blue way. Kosala found it the ‘tightest’ of the Left Bankers so far, and someone else found it ‘the most masculine.’ It was clearly special, with flavors of oil, ink and hints of animal just starting to show some skin (95).
(Montrose) had a fabulous nose with a gorgeous center point with minerals and alcohol balanced around it. The nose was searing yet not too hot; 'just right,' as Goldilocks might say. There was a great balance of cedar and nut; the fruit was there but lurking, and Frank picked up on some 'iodine.' It was my style of nose . rich, hearty and spiny with a nut oil/syrup thing happening. The palate was rich, fleshy and leathery; perhaps the wine does not have as much long-term potential as the 1990 or others, but it was my favorite at this point in time of the first flight. Right there and right then, it was great. Its soy-like ripe fruit and ripe tannins were lip-smacking good
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