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Author: Robert Parker
St.-Estephe enjoyed more success in 1991 than any other Bordeaux appellation, largely because the damaging frost caused little damage to the first generation fruit in the northern Medoc. Consequently Montrose's production was close to normal and the wine is one of the stars of the vintage. That being said, it is not close to the wondrous quality of the 1989 and 1990, but it is superior to this property's 1988. It reveals a dark, saturated color (one of the most opaque wines of the vintage), and a tight but promising nose of sweet, jammy, black-raspberry fruit, minerals, and subtle new oak.
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Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/14/2011
We didn't decant it but opened an hour before drinking. Definite cigar notes on the nose, and confirmed on the palate, though the traditional red/black fruit was there as well. Quite a serene wine - not in your face at all, and the tannins had softeed very nicely. It had a shorter finish than I would have expected, but mature, ready, well put together, balanced and refined.
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