Bottle from the chateau and was recorded in 2014. Wow this is still so young. Looks like a wine from the 80s. Nose of old vine and grapes gives it away as an older wine but it is still a beautiful ruby with a faint clear rim on the edge. Lovely old Bordeaux wine flavours and a real treat from Herve. Many thanks to the chateau for coming to see us I. HK!
The 1975 Montrose is a lovely vintage for this estate, not far off the level of the 1970. A bright, red-fruity bouquet is still youthful, complemented by some lovely gravelly soil tones and cigar box notes. On the palate, the wine leads with bright acids and noticeable tannic structure, but there is also a great deal of flavor here, and the wine's acidity gives it a focus and detail that can be smudged off in vintages which display more sur maturité. I'm looking forward to revisiting this after a few hours in a decanter.
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(Montrose) was a pleasant surprise with its pungent nose and that anise and indoor cleaner combo again. It was slaty with lots of minerals and what I call indoor aromas, but it was mild beyond that and overall. You really had to inhale deeply to get something out of it, so it wouldn't be a wine to bring over to Bill Clinton's house for dinner. The pleasant surprise really occurred on the palate, which was quite good. Spicy and rusty, the 1975 was masochistically tasty with its baby got backside of cedar and minerals and taste (flash) of chocolate. The '86, '82 and '75 seemed very related, and I loved the '75's vigor and iron-fisted personality on the palate. The wine could be a long-term sleeper but is by no means a fruit bomb, not even in any wine lover's deepest, darkest fantasy. James noted how 'the seventies were a tough time, but this showed better than I expected. I enjoyed it'
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