1996 Montrose

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Tasted at the vertical in London, I have instead used the tasting note from a bottle opened at the property when I visited just a couple of weeks later. The 1996 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 23 September and 6 October. It was served alongside the 1986 Montrose, however, this is a far better wine and reconfirms Robert Parker's remarks at his own vertical at the property in 2014. For me, it is that loamy character that defines the nose—freshly tilled, damp soil that tinctures the black fruit —that takes you straight to this particular château. This is classic through and through and very well defined. The palate is wonderful with very fine delineation, pitch-perfect acidity, touches of graphite infusing the red and black fruit that dovetails into a very pretty, floral finish. This is clearly one of the great wines of the 1996 vintage and I would be stocking up as much as I could, because it will give 30-40 years of pleasure. Tasted July 2016.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 96 RP-NM
More saturated deep red-ruby. Extremely expressive aromas of black cherry, roasted plum, leather and fresh blood, plus a faint truffle nuance. Lush, minerally and very concentrated; has a palate-caressing sweetness and a seamless, elegant mouth feel. Sound acidity gives the flavors excellent clarity. Very long and subtle on the back end, with fine tannins perfectly buffered by fruit. Offers wonderful potential.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and vanilla, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with sweet fruit and silky tannins. Long and caressing. Beautiful now; may improve a bit with age, but why wait? I thought it was one of the wines of the vintage years ago. Not so.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 17,600 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS

Sokolin 1996 Montrose Tasting Notes:

A Bordeaux representative in all the best ways with its earthy, sweet, fruity essence and rich character. Pour it in a glass and you will instantly know you have a stellar vintage in front of you. The nose is packed with ripe fruits, graphite, clove, pepper, juicy dark chocolate, some coffee and tobacco, like a cloud of harmonious aromas so intense you could almost see them floating above the glass. A broad palate awaits next, a flavor profile similar to the aromatic one but enriched with citrus and espresso notes, fragrant and delicious and going on without a foreseeable end. The wine is just softened enough to declare itself mature, but retains its youthful tenacious essence, now more of a focused determination to it than blunt force. It finishes as majestically as it started, leaving a sweet and tart aftertaste, and one's afterthoughts elevated and rejuvenated.
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Vintage 1996
Format 6L
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 96 RP-NM
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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