Red

1989 Château Montrose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
Drink between 2007 - 2031 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 451

  • Cailles wrote: 97 points

    August 12, 2020 - Perfect condition, into neck+ fill. Another stunning bottle of this elixir! Impressive concentration, highly expressive tertiary aromatics, seductive fruit core, high tension, superb balance. Aristocratic in every way but with the necessary touch of seductiveness. This bottle was less advanced and still had some edges compared to other bottles I’ve had before and would have certainly benefit from a longer decant but especially 5-10 more years of cellaring. This is a superstar with the best bottles being able to reach perfection. This one was still a touch too masculine and strong.

    TN: Tons of black truffles, wet earth, tobacco, mushrooms on the nose and palate. Intense and sharp. Additional aromas of black and dark red fruits, at first a bit ripe in liquor-like but with more air the fruit became smoother, rounder and fresher. Some fresh herbs and crushed rocks complete the picture. Perfect delineation, high but perfectly integrated freshness, a wall of tannins which will have to mellow further but overall a great balance and very good length. Some points deducted for a more difficult first 30 minutes and the slightly too young and masculine appearance.

    Decanting: Decanted for 4 hours, back into the bottle for serving. Followed over 3 hours. It improved further with more air. I guess, well stored bottles need at least 6-8 hours of decanting.

  • Burgnick Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 13, 2020 - Decanted to serve. Cassis, tobacco, and minerals on the nose and palate. Firm palate with density and power. More elegant than robust.

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  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 20, 2020 - More wild and less focused than some bottles. Some bret-like notes here. Good, but young.

  • joshabramson Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 2, 2020 - Wow, this was really good! Surprisingly youthful in the glass, plenty of structure left here to age for a very long time. Drank this 750ml side by side with a half bottle 2003 Chateau Margaux and this blew the Margaux away.

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  • Verb Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 30, 2020 - very similar to my tasting note 2 years ago - dark red with brick rim - intriguing nose of black fruit, Asian spices (anise), and leather - very big body in the mouth with excellent acid-fruit-tannin balance - 20+ second finish - drinking very nicely now, but many years left to develop into an even more impressive wine - in comparison to the 90 Montrose tasted alongside, the 89 was more developed and had a much more aromatic nose, but less structure in the mouth, likely attributable to lower acidity - one of the best Montrose vintages I've had over the years

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines (Sep 2019), 9/1/2019 (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2019, Issue #80, Another Look At the 1989 and 1990 Bordeaux - Twin Vintages Have Taken Different Paths With Age

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/13/2019 (link)

    (Ch Montrose St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/25/2014 (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    '24' in Bordeaux, 1/31/2010

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/20/2005 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

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

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2010 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau Montrose (St Estèphe)) Not a vintage of Montrose that I have tasted before. Although this doesn't seem very expressive at first it does soon open up to reveal some very typical but still remarkably tight and youthful, claretty fruit. Incredibly this just doesn't come across as anywhere near ready yet. Nice substance on the palate, quite old school, dry and upright but without any sense of austerity. Well judged fruit here, neither austere nor too sweet. Fine acids here too. This will give a lot of pleasure but for my palate it will benefit from a lot more time in the cellar yet. The longevity of Montrose shouldn't come as a surprise but this impressive showing is still rather unexpected.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/19/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Château Montrose) Very dark red violet color; mature, mushroom nose; tasty, tart berry, cassis and mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Montrose
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe
  • UPC Codes 0400006550354, 087000327122, 3258691277783, 7319271115218

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  • Pending Delivery 11 (0%)
  • In Cellars 5,381 (72%)
  • Consumed 2,132 (28%)

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Beef, Duck breast sv, Gigot à dix heures and roast vegetables, Lean Steaks, Rack of Lamb., Ribs, Roast Chicken, roast fingerlings, Seared Foie Gras, Steak

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