Community Tasting Notes (619) Avg Score: 96.5 points

  • Drinking beautifully now with lots of life, the balance is impressive.

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  • Bummed, was sour.

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  • Opened at Noble Rot in London. P&P and enjoyed slowly.

    This was absolutely wonderful. Perfect condition bottle and it showed, performing better than the one I had in HK a few months ago as well. So fresh, so vibrant - you never would have guessed the age on this.

    Initially opening up with darker fruits on the nose, but with some air the entire spectrum started coming to the fore, with more sweet red fruits (almost like top Sangiovese) alongside floral notes coming out too. On the palate this was complete finesse, not tired at all, everything so perfectly integrated. Slight hints - just teasing really - of more tertiary notes, but not prominent and just adding to the complexity of the flavours coming through.

    Overall, just wow. This showing solidifies this wine as one of the best Bordeauxs I've ever had, and probably the wine of the vintage for me on the left bank. Always a pleasure to try this and cheers to reunions with old friends - a treat to share with A!

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  • Early Mar 2024, Rheingau Gourmet Festival, rarity diner “25 vintages of Chateau Montrose”: according to the sommelier double decanted for up to 3 hours; deep crimson color; lavish aromas and flavors of cassis, cherries, mint, and herbs in nose and mouth; on the palate a lush and smooth texture, balanced with a juicy acidity. 96-97/100

    Best scored wine of the whole tasting .

    Vintages of flight II:
    1975 - 1986 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1994 - 1996

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  • Vinous Icons of Bordeaux with Neal Martin (Legacy Records, New York City): WOTN for me (and others around my table). Spectacular nose with smoke and charcoal exploding from the glass. Beautifully delineated tannins. Lots of tar and wet earth. Lots of complexity. Our host described it as "controversial" but I don't see how any Bordeaux fan would not love this?

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/22/2008, (See more on 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, (See more on 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.
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    (Château Montrose) "Great!" (see what I mean about my notes?)

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