1990 Montrose

- 1.5L
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Wine Critic Reviews:

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.

Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 100 RP
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 2008 through 2030.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
(Château Montrose) Despite all of the over the top superlatives bestowed on the 1990 Montrose elsewhere, I have always found this vintage to be a bit too roasted and marked by the torrid nature of the vintage to rank better than very good, and this most recent bottle was consistent with my past experiences with the wine. The nose is deep, complex and roasty, offering up scents of cassis, saddle leather, a bit of brett, fresh herb tones, cigar ash, gravel and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and impressively tangy for the vintage, with a fine core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, still quite primary finish. This is a very good vintage of Montrose by any stretch of the imagination, but it is no better than the 1989 Montrose, which sells for a modicum of the price. And if I had to choose, I would take the svelte thoroughbred of a vintage of the ’70 Montrose in a heartbeat over either of these two years! (Drink between 2020-2070)

John Gilman | 94 JG
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 Château Montrose vertical. Drink now. 18,000 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS

Sokolin 1990 Montrose Tasting Notes:

There can be no doubt - the 1990 Montrose has very few rivals, even when you factor in the very popular and reputable 1989 vintage. This is lightning in a bottle, a wine with the elegance of a ballerina and the power of a megalodon. The nose wastes no time in putting on an almost orchestral performance of aromatics, with compelling, potent notes of cassis, blackberries, clove, sous-bois, terracotta, and so, so much more. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, thunderous, and pure, demonstrating exceptional balance and refinement. As you might imagine, the wine is in its prime age-wise, but the fruit reservoir can easily see it live through another couple of decades. These bottles will witness entire generations go by, and could very easily shape the taste and passion for wine in your children when the day comes. Certain experiences cannot be adequately described with words; you must live through them to understand. This is one such experience, an absolute masterpiece of a wine.
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Availability In Stock
Vintage 1990
Format 1.5L
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Montrose: It's impossible to get a complete picture of Bordeaux as a viticultural region without giving credit to Chateau Montrose's accomplishments. With the roots of its tradition tracing back centuries, the estate has gone through numerous transformations to get here today, and today it's one of the best wineries in all of Bordeaux. When you get your hands on a Montrose classic, you are in for the time of your life. The wine is often pitch-black, and the ripe, crunchy fruit serve as little, starry dots on that cosmic background. The taste is pure and intense at a level very few competitors can rival. The experience is almost impossibly satisfying, and you may find yourself reminiscing even years after sampling one of their best bottles.
Rating 100 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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