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1996 Montrose 375ml
1996 Montrose
France - Bordeaux - St Estephe / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Montrose
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Full ruby-red. Deep aromas of smoky black cherry, black olive, minerals, cedar and game; I was reminded of a Montecristo No. 2. This really presents the full range of young Montrose aromas. Dense, sweet and layered; really reverberates on the palate. Very ripe on the aftertaste; subtle, complex flavors go on and on. The tannins are in perfect harmony.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Mid quite youthful-looking ruby. Very developed bouquet that is super correct and pleasing to a classical claret lover. Lovely integrated fruit freshness, vitality. The tannins are dissipated but this is a really nice, fresh wine for now. Not super succulent but very successful. Sucky stony finish.

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WA
91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

The 1996 Montrose reveals outstanding potential. It boasts a saturated dark ruby/purple color, and aromas of new oak, jammy black currants, smoke, minerals, and new saddle leather. This multi-layered wine is rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a nicely-textured, concentrated mid-palate, and an impressively long finish.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

A classic St.-Estephe with all the exotic character you expect from this appellation, along with a harmony, finesse and subtlety not seen in many '96s. Absolutely wonderful aromas of blackberries, anise seed, minerals and spices. Full-bodied, with layers of well-integrated, polished tannins and an intense spicy, fruity aftertaste. One of the best of the modern-day wines from Montrose. 17,600 cases made.

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Community Reviews

92

Maxcontinuous Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 11/10/2012

Consumed over two nights. On day one, the wine was not open for business at all but I could tell that there were lead pencil, cassis, and cedar notes locked in there. On day two, the wine took on more of a molasses character, with the above components starting to show but still not all the way. Bottom line, this bottle was sleeping and didn't want to wake.

91

Adriel L Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 01/20/2012

94

againc Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/11/2011 Drink Dates: 2011

This is a powerhouse. Nose a little bit more developed than taste. It is still very young, has a lot of tannins and acidity. Bouquet is very complex with black currents and licorice in balance. I would lay it down for at least 5-10 years.

Chez Fisher Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 05/20/2010 Drink Dates:

Ready to be drunk.

Dnadoc00 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 05/05/2010

Corked? Not terrible but definitely flawed

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