September 19, 2020 - One from a case and paired with a mushroom pasta. Cork was in perfect shape. Aroma exploded into the glass, dark fruits, violets, leathers, more dark fruits, intense and brooding. Very sweet entry, followed by drying tannins, great alcohol integration. Nowhere near mature. Excellent considering the weak vintage overall. Could stand some decant time but so unexpectedly delicious on pop and pour. Maybe for the next bottle!
September 5, 2020 - Very powerful, seems high in alcohol yet shows that St Estephe mineral and intense flavour.
September 3, 2020 - 3rd of 24, opened 3 hours, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, ridiculously youthful, but moreishly attractive, would envisage greater nuance developing as ageing process kicks in, significant upside and long life ahead. F+ (18) for now.
August 28, 2020 - Decanted prior to the dinner (tasting menu at Bresca in DC), and this may have been the best bottle so far of my first case. Amazing noise and great depth of classic Bordeaux flavors. This has at least a decade ahead of it - probably two or more - and watching this evolve will be great fun.
August 9, 2020 - Bue sur 2 jours, cette bouteille était plus réticente que les précédentes.
Moins de fruits et moins de complexité, la fraîcheur en bouche était bien présente toutefois, aucune lourdeur et toujours cette pointe herbacée qui ternit quelque peu la fin de bouche.
Très belle bouteille juste un peu moins explosive.
July 29, 2020 - Drank from coravin over multiple days. Dark fruits, Napa like. Not nearly at the stellar bottles of 03 montrose I’ve had in prior years. Hopefully just an off bottle
July 17, 2020 - Exceptional wine. Gorgeous nose of black and red fruit. Impecabbly balanced. This could go on for another 30 years!
July 15, 2020 - Served from a Magnum that was decanted for 60 minutes. Closed in at first with slight tertiary aromas. Dark Color, getting a bit amber around the edges. Then, after another 30 minutes was fantastic! Dark Chocolate, Bay Leaf, incense spice, blackberry, and Oak on the aroma. Typicity of Montrose is still there, despite the warm vintage. Flavor is rich and fruit forward; almost Napa Valley Oakville. Yet, still has a coolness and tannin structure that brings it back to Bordeaux. My assessment is that one should start drinking it now and not hold. This also goes for nearly all 2003 Red Bordeaux’s
June 28, 2020 - 2003 Montrose - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, despite the hottest August ever: Bewitching, sensational nose with a concerted and at the same time complex nose with primary, secondary and tertiary aromas: fine roasted notes, coffee and laurel play perfectly together with the dark berry fruit. Astonishingly cool on the palate with good freshness and acidity, very clear and pure fruit. Fine-grained tannin, excellent depth and beautiful complexity; long finish. Very pleasurable 96/100 2020 - 2035
June 27, 2020 - Got more subdued the more air it got. Dark fruited, plush, pretty shy nose. Tannins bulky but mild. Typical favor profile of black fruit, but of smoke, and mint. Some tabacco on the finish. Holds the finish well. Seamless just not as expressive as expected. Seems to be in early maturity.