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Wine group at D.L.'s 28/11/2005 (TNB)

Montrose dinner 25/11/2005 (TNB)

The Diary - November 2005

Wine group at D.L.'s 28/11/2005 (TNB)

Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 30/12/2005   Return to top

Montrose dinner 25/11/2005 (TNB)

  • Chateau Montrose 1983 Lovely, classic Bordeaux nose. Bright fruit, but a very odd, harsh, late-palate and a slightly hot finish that leaves bitterness in the mouth. Would be lovely except for that. ***
  • Chateau Montrose 1981 Very nice - mineral, classic Claret. Lovely balance right through. For drinking. Top ***
  • Chateau Montrose 1975 Medium weight with a lovely savoury palate and a touch (not unpleasant now they are resolved) of the vintages tannins. I like this a lot - probably has more time left than the 81. Bare ****
  • Chateau Montrose 1971 Very nicely classic. Cigar box and sweet, ripe fruit nose. Follows through nicely with a high-toned palate. Bare ****
  • Chateau Montrose 1967 A bit faded, but alive and quite pleasant - splendid effort for the vintage. Very drinkable. From a half. Top **
  • Chateau Montrose 1970 Intriguing brown-sugar nose with lots of mineral terroir notes. Very classic and savoury - gorgeous. Returning to it: walnut nose and the palate too is like licking one. High-toned again. Really splendid but still needs time. *****(*)
  • Chateau Montrose 1966 Classic, quite austrere and high toned - very 66. Good length too, but it seems just very slightly corked. Clearly excellent, but I'll not rate it. Not Rated
  • Chateau Montrose 1964 (UK-bottled by Ellis) Stunning mix of flavours - quite fascinating. Hints at an edgy volatility too. Delicious but needs drinking - it may be a bit unstable. Top ****
  • Chateau Montrose 1962 Perfectly balanced mature Claret - So mineral. An absolute pleasure from beginning to end. *****
  • Chateau Montrose 1961 Stands out above the last two wines with an amazing extra depth and huge complexity. Suave, yet dry. Very, very long. No hurry to drink. ******
  • Chateau Montrose 1990 Very ripe and rounded - silky rich texture and a long, complex palate. Relatively forward. I can see how this got its rave reviews from Parker, but on returning there are piquant notes too. Top ****
  • Chateau Montrose 1989 Corked. Not Rated
  • Chateau Montrose 1988 Hopelessly oxidised - surely an odd bottle. Not Rated
  • Chateau Montrose 1986 Much more classic than the 90 - dry, flavoury with marked tannins. My impression is that while very good this won't become a star like the 70 or 61 - it seems a touch lighter. ***(*)
  • Chateau Montrose 1982 Exotic coconut nose, creamy. Not Claret as we know it, but fascinating. There's great depth and structure and so this probably will be stunning in a while. Bare ****(*)
  • Chateau Montrose 1999 Young wine cassis - but Montrose minerality too. Fairly ripe - it seems in a slightly softer more modern style than the later wines in this flight. Good though. *** (and improving)
  • Chateau Montrose 1998 Liquid minerals and excellent fruit. Very good and will be lovely. ***(*)
  • Chateau Montrose 1996 Very dense - a cross between 98 and 90. Qute a monster, but perhaps some of the older wines were that way in their youth. Still, this will surely be lovely in ten years. ***(**)
  • Chateau Montrose 1995 Mineral again but a bit more restrained and classic - less exotic than the 96. I like it a lot - almost more than the 96 - very stylish and balanced. ***(**)
  • Champagne "Un Jour de 1911" NV (A. Clouet) A blend of 91, 90 and 89. Apple and mushroom nose and palate - very meaty and substantial. Big finish. ****
  • Chateau Bouscaut blanc 1967 Two bottles, quite different. One very honied and becoming a bit austere. One fresher with nice richness. Both quite good. ***
  • Brauneberger Juffer Auslese 1975 (Konrad Prum) Pleasant old thing - it may be the end of a long night, but it seems just to be fading a touch. ***
Tasting notes added to Fine Wine Diary 26/12/2005   Return to top