31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: IN/BN – recorked at the Chateau in 1989. Well-developed wine with mostly brown color. Forest floor, leather, scorched earth, but a flowery note emerges after a while. Smooth, feminine (yes, and I never through a 28 could ever be feminine), long, dusty tannins in a complex finish. Glorious wine, considering its age.
Ancient Wine Dinner (Nice Matin). Mid-shoulder fill but the wine was in excellent condition. Still dark, rich, almost ripe fruit at the core; plush and velvety. Long. Notes of damp earth and iron but shows much younger than expected. Great bottle.
A private dinner (Amsterdam): Château-bottled, excellent condition. Wonderful intensity, masculine, bolt upright at 85 years of age, touch of mint, perfectly healthy, blackcurrant, hint of pepper, broad-shouldered, good length.
Kruger's 75th (Corsair): Of the twin '28's, this didn't have as much freshness, although equally entertaining. Dried fruits, leather, fig. Soy sauce, bitter chocolate, and loads of old brett. Quite a bit richer and fatter than the Calon with firm tannins and dried fig/prune for fruit. Dan Goldfield said licorice and I can see that for sure.
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