(Decanter FWE). Tasted alongside 2006 and 2009. Sparse notes again. Just had it down as very tight and more tannic. Not very accessible at this stage. Lots of primary fruit especially blueberries (?!). Overall good balance but hard to judge. 91-93 ish.
Blind tasting of 2011 and 2012 red Bordeaux. Dark, youthful in colour. Good ripeness of fruit on the nose, quite expressive. Really powerful and intense on the palate, chewy, grippy, layered. Very good length. Great future. I'm rating this sample much higher than the one I had 6 month ago in tough competition with its super-star siblings 2005, 2009, 2010. 92-93+
Earth, cedar wood, lead pencil, black licorice, cassis and blackberry open the nose. On the palate, the wine is polished, the tannins are soft, but the concentration and complexity found in the top vintages is not available. The wine is also shutting down and needs to be cellared, like any good vintage of Montrose for at least 8-10 years.
Mini vertical of 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Good nose, primary fruit, some smoky oak. Very firm and almost hard tannins, lacking a bit of depth in comparison. Coming across a little lean. Needs time. 89-90+(+)
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