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1990 Château Montrose

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
Drink between 2008 - 2034 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 553

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 22, 2022 - 1966 – 2010 Château Montrose vertical (Regional Wines, Wellington, NZ): Served single blind, one pour. Varieties: CS 64% | M 32% | CF 4%. A magical bottle. I have heard about good and bad bottles of the 1990. On the night, we definitely had one of the good bottles. Velvet colour with garnet highlights. A more evolved nose than the three or four wines before it, with notes of dried herbs, warm earth, preserved berry fruit, cinnamon and other spices, pipe tobacco, old leather, mushrooms and hints of truffle. Complex and aromatic. A lovely sweet fruited entry to the palate. Then structure and power followed by mellow, savoury complexity. An array of notes including cedar, cigar leaf, tilled soil, brown spices, dark fruit, graphite and old leather couch. Fully ripe, melted and soft tannins. Rounded but dense and concentrated. Very long. A beautiful and profound fully mature Bordeaux but with the matière for good bottles to probably drink well for another two decades.

    The 1990 though divided the room. Eight tasters had the 1990 as their top or second wine of the tasting but four had it as their least with nine suggesting brettanomyces. I saw threshold brett but at a level that, if anything, added additional savoury nuance to the wine and therefore was a positive, not a negative. 97+.

    Rankings: Me 3/12 | GK 6/12 | CT 1/12.

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  • NostraBacchus Likes this wine: 100 points

    January 15, 2022 - Deep healthy garnet/rubyish color with some brightening up and bricking towards the rim. Explosive, deep and authoritative, with notes of cedar wood, leather, tobacco, deep dark and red berries, truffle, sous-bois/underwood, also some cigar smoke, sweet spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon), licorice, a touch of smoke, just a hint of barnyard, the fruit is building up and getting a little darker (like cassis, black currant, blackberries) with some more air. And then there is the structure of medium+ tannin that is perfectly silky and smooth, there is also some medium- acidity adding some freshness too. Extremely long finish, the wine literally lingers around for almost a minute. What an incredible Bordeaux, an epic bottle that is just at the early stage of showing everything and probably has another 20 years ahead. One of those moments in which you just want to stop time and hold on to the moment for as long as possible.

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  • Gregmonroe Likes this wine:

    January 5, 2022 - WWC - JD (FWC): Tasted blind - in a lineup of four 30+ year old bordeauxs, the nose on this one shined. Some bricking, but still generally bright and deep in color, with some sediment. Slight medicinal (cherry medicine) on the nose and palate, but generally beautiful red fruit flavors, with some leather and earth in the background. Perfectly integrated tannins and acidity. This wine was fantastic today. Guessed a 20+ year old bordeaux, cab based.

  • D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote: 99 points

    January 2, 2022 - Impressively, this bottle was even better than the last, providing one of the very best tasting experiences of my life. There was no hint of brett in this bottle at all, which came out with a perfect cork and great fill. Lovely nose of lead pencil, tobacco, barnyard, cedar, and cooking spices. They should make a candle that smells like this wine. The palate was explosive yet refined, with pure red and black berries, tea, nutmeg, dark chocolate. This was at its glorious apogee after 3 hours in the decanter, showing no signs of fading and maintaining an incredible finish for what seemed like minutes between sips. We should all be so lucky to drink like this all the time, but only having this every once in a while makes it that much more special.

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  • aquacongas wrote: 97 points

    January 1, 2022 - blind
    This is a monster. Massive, juicy with still black currant nose and ripe tannins. Pencil and cigar box but with dark berries in the background. Doesn't reach his peak. 97

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

    (Château Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2016 (link)

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

View From the Cellar

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

    (Château Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Killers, 2/5/2010

    (Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/17/2009 (link)

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

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

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

Vintage Tastings

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

    (Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Kapon
    A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive, 3/21/2005

    (Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005

    (Montrose.) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

    (Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

    (Montrose Montrose) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/22/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château Montrose) Great tart currant, roast beef and horseradish nose; lovely, still youthful, tart cassis, plum palate with firm tannins; medium finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/29/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Château Montrose) Dark garnet red color; truffle, dried cherry and dried mushroom nose; intriguing, plush, tart plum, tar, coffee palate, young yet; long finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/7/2007 (link)

    (Château Montrose) "Great!" (see what I mean about my notes?)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • 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 015643565137, 031259043678, 0400006550354, 3258691277783, 3364420028530, 3364420050364, 3419466162523, 616773413604

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 71 (1%)
  • In Cellars 8,362 (72%)
  • Consumed 3,211 (28%)

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Community Recommendations

Agneau rosé, as a standalone, belle pièce de Black Angus, broccoli, Carola potatoes, carrots, chocolate, Dinner at FRL---MB made a delicious pot roast. Wine is surprisingly fruity for a 30 y/o, Duck breast sous vide, Filet Mignon

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