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1990 Montrose 750ml
1990 Montrose
France - Bordeaux - St Estephe / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1990 Montrose
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 103

($230-$275) Full ruby-red. Wild, exotic aromas of crystallized redcurrant, leather, tobacco and minerals; distinctly exotic, even overripe. Then lush, sweet and opulent, with an atypically velvety texture for Montrose. But extremely young and structured, finishing with powerful tannins and great grip and length. Almost California-like in style; in Bordeaux, they'd refer to the fruit expression of this wine as "original," which is not necessarily high praise.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

This is a famous wine, though not all bottles seem in perfect condition. At first, the nose was not utterly pure and precise, but it seemed to clean itself up in the glass. It was definitely sweeter and richer than any Montrose I can think of and was pleasing, flattering and easy to drink with some very fine tannins and just a little dustiness on the finish.

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WA
100

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

In several tastings last year, the 1990 Montrose clearly revealed its incredible complexity and massive character. I was especially pleased when, at a large lecture I gave in London at the end of March, the 1990 Montrose, in very tough company (Cheval Blanc 1989 and 1990, Pichon-Lalande 1989 and 1990, Certan de May 1989 and 1990), proved the over-whelming choice of a crowd of nearly 400 British tasters. The wine is remarkably rich, with a distinctive nose of sweet, jammy fruit, liquefied minerals, new saddle leather, and grilled steak. In the mouth, the enormous concentration, extract, high glycerin, and sweet tannin slide across the palate with considerable ease. It is a huge, corpulent, awesomely-endowed wine that is still relatively approachable, as it has not yet begun to shut down and lose its baby fat. It thoroughly embarrassed the 1989, itself an exceptional wine. The 1990 needs 10 more years of cellaring; it should last for 25-30, possibly 40-50 years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling Issue: Web

Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit, earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones, yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied, with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and caressing. A big, powerful wine. Like velvet.--Non-blind Chateau Montrose vertical. Drink now. 22,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

100

marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Unknown

98

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 12/08/2013

Pretty strong scent of Brett, but balanced by intense and still youthful fruit. Great wine for those that like the barnyard nose.

95

Tj R Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 11/24/2013

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90

Adrian W Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 07/26/2013 Drink Dates: 2005-2015

Nose reveals secondary aromas of animale and sous bois. This is a big wine but probably on its way down. There is insufficient intensity and length, and the finish is dry. It is in danger of losing its fruit.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

93

Harry B Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/05/2013

Decanted but did not wait to pour and drink. Consumed with main course broiled chicken and lamb pasta. Excellent, but fading on finish.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

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