2012 - Hi, Jonathan! (Paradise Pavilion @ MBFC): My second 69 to date and while this is a simple one, this is definitely still alive. Consider Fresh with forest floor, lots of earthiness and smokiness. Nothing much on the palate though, simple and dominated by mushroom, tea leaves, earth and cedar. Mellow structure, medium length finish, quite elegance but simple.
Jonathan visits Singapore (Pavilion Paradise, MBFC): Pretty good. This was still clearly on its last legs, but it was definitely far, far better than the last bottle we had towards the end of last year. While that probably had one foot in the grave, there was no mistaking the quality on this wine. It still had a distinctly left-bank bouquet, with classic notes of tobacco, cassis and earth showing alongside a touch of more mature orange peel and dried floral notes. A lovely nose. The palate started out pretty well, with nice floating nuances of black cherry and some pure cassis notes welded to fine tannins that still provided a touch of firmness. However, this did fade rather alarmingly in the glass, with the flesh dropping off and the wine starting to its ribs in the remaining tannins and lingering touches of iron mineral and tobacco. Still though, tired though it may be, fading though it was, at least for the first 15 minutes, it was quite a treat, easily matching a 1996 Poujeaux that was served alongside - a real testament to how long-lasting a Montrose can be.
Unbelievably young and tight and structured tasting mote like a 90s wine. Leather but overpowered right bank like black spiced plums with graphite and black rock minerality. Somewhat neutral too. Has old oak and cupboard dust notes. Will still age.
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