1990 Montrose 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1990 Montrose
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International Wine Cellar | 95

($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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

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.

Drink Dates: 1998-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 100

The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry - one of the hottest vintages since 1949. The fact that virtually no rain fell in September served as a catalyst to get all the grapes ripe and in cellars. Some bottles of this wine have a definite brett population that gives off the notes of sweaty horses, but this one did not. The ones I have had from my cellar - where I have had it frequently - are quite pure and clean. I suspect that the brett population is in all of them, but unless the wine hits some heat along the transportation route or in storage, the wine will not show any brett. This one tasted at the chateau, as well as those I've had from my cellar, have been pristine and not showing the sweaty horse notes that can be in evidence in brett populations that have flourished in the bottle because of external temperatures. This wine has an incredibly complex nose of spring flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, scorched earth and barbecue spice. It is full-bodied, majestic and opulent, with low acidity and fabulous fruit. It is close to full maturity. The wine should continue to drink well for at least another 30 or more years, but it is showing secondary nuances in the perfume. The wine is absolutely magnificent, broad, savory and mouth-filling. This is one of the all-time modern legends from Bordeaux as well as Chateau Montrose.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 98
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
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.
Score: 95
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/24/2013

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Score: 90
Author: 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.

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Score: 93
Author: 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.

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About This Producer


Located in the heart of the Saint-Estephe appellation, Second Growth classified Chateau Montrose has been in the hands of the Charmoule family for over 100 years. The family has continued to follow age-old winemaking traditions of the Medoc with spectacular results. The vineyards also benefit from the mild microclimate created by the nearby Gironde estuary, which helps temper the climate, ensuring the grapes ripen under ideal conditions. Considered one of the top Saint-Estephe producers, Chateau Montrose is prized for its classic Claret style wines, big fruit and full structure. The wines are also known for their incredibly tannic nature, allowing them to stand up to years of aging. Chateau Montrose makes a second wine called La Dame de Montrose.

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