Dark red towards black. Nose with Bdx earth, a bit of Brett and apples. Astonishing! Taste is Bdx-typical like the better reds of yore. Tannic M+++ with mature tannins. Superbly intense with cassis and small notes of sumi ink. Long finish with a fine wood treatment and toast. Well integrated, still maturing wine that with some more layers would go further up the points' scale. Wife: 93p No more btls, but looking! This wine has many more years to go and grow. Wow!
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(Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige) Black red violet with cherry red meniscus; very tight at first, opening to ripe plum and black fruit nose and cassis, like a plush Napa Cab, then changed, after 2+ hours, to more of a tart meaty nose; initially showed rich, concentrated, ripe plum, black fruit and cassis palate with minerality and elegant iron notes; after 2+ hours, tart red fruit and beef jus came out to join the black fruit; long finish 94+ pts. (drank the bottle by myself throughout a 7-course truffle themed meal at Restaurant Robert Rodriguez in Carcassonne)
(Chateau Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige) Deep, intense colour, right out to the rim. Smoky, smouldering charcoal nose, laid over with a meaty, animalistic aroma. A very firm presence on the palate; full, rich in dark cherry fruit, although revealed only with persuasion. This wine needs time, another five years I suspect, to relax and yield these flavours more readily. A very dry, tannic structure, but there is good balance. Very good indeed.
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