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> 1991 Montrose - Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

1991 Montrose has a dark ruby aspect, surprisingly young and opaque.
Fine nose of tertiary fragrances, underwood, prune, barn. In mouth, 1991 Montrose has a jammy fruit. The tannins are marked and rather astringent. Average long finish leaving a feeling of under-matured fruit which lacks of depth. I think 1991 Montrose will gain nothing more in the future. 84/100.

> 2002 Montrose - Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2002 Montrose
Decanted for approximately 3h.Deep crimson hue.
Complex flavours of spices, blackcurrant, lead pencil and eucalyptus.
Tasty mouth, marked by fine tannins. The structure of 2002 Montrose is dense and tight and seems to smother a bit the fruit at this stage. Beautiful finish, full and well balanced, with a peppery aftertaste. 2002 Montrose is a promising traditional Saint-Estephe type of wine. It doesn't have the impressive chewy texture of 2003 Montrose but, however, it seems that it hasn't yet revealed all its potentialities. 90/100.

> 2003 Montrose - Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2003 Montrose: Deep crimson color. My first impression about 2003 Montrose right out of the glass is of a classic Bordeaux character given the vintage, with flavours on blackcurrant, grilled meat and vanilla. The aromatic intensity of 2003 Montrose is not as impressive as for 2003 Cos d'Estournel. The taste is very concentrated and very tight, while the tannins of 2003 Montrose are somewhat softer than for Cos d'Estournel. Nice touch of minerality on the palate. Although less exuberant than on the barrel tasting in August 2004 or on another 2003 Montrose tasted in December 2005, I have no doubt that 2003 Montrose is a magnificent Left Bank representative for which it is necessary to have a fair amount patience. 95/100

> 2004 Montrose - Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

05/2007 - 2004 Montrose : Deep purple hue. Flattering flavours of red fruits and blackcurrant, vanilla and toast. 2004 Montrose has a silky and sapid mouth with a beautiful velvety fruit. Tannins are so silky that they somewhat lack of definition. Slight bitter taste on the palate before a persistent finish. Currently I'm just a bit concerned by the real ripeness of the fruit. 88/100

> 2004 Montrose - Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

06/2007 - (73% of the crop went into the first wine in 2004)
Nutmeg and wet fur, with a slight herbaceousness and muskiness on the nose. Develops by degrees on the palate. Round, but more herbaceous than fruity. The flavor profile is nevertheless consistent with the bouquet. The aftertaste is, once again, somewhat herbaceous, as if the fruit were underripe. A fairly disappointing Montrose whose future is difficult to evaluate at this stage.

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