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  • By John Kapon
    Paris a la Mode with Dr. Desai, 9/19/2005 94 points

    (Montrose) was the year Michel Bettane was born, and he joked how the wine was 'a bit younger than me today.' At first, the nose was quite bizarre and total chalk city; it was almost as if we were smelling more glass than wine. The nose was extremely spiny in a floor cleaner way, but that is 1952, someone said, all finish. Nut and carob emerged on the nose and on the palate, and the palate was certainly all about '52 . a hard, whips and chains nature with robust tannins and finish. I found the wine quite tasty with lots of backside flavors of rust, brick, earth, leather, dust and cedar. It held quite well and had excellent stuffing. Bipin insisted on the 1952 being included after having an incredible magnum and said that it was one of the wines of the vintage. Someone remarked how '52s were better palate wines than nose ones, and Leoville Barton and Calon Segur also came up as sleepers, along with Mouton. The wine was excellent, bordering on outstanding but not quite

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