Tasting Notes Montrose 1990
Although undeniably this is an impressive Chateau Montrose, I would swap it any day for the 1989! The nose is backward at first before developing scents of tobacco, cedar and asphalt. The palate is just huge, incredibly concentrated with muscular tannins, huge grip and layers of black fruits. But it is a wine that ticks all the boxes if you seek dimension, less if you seek poise and tension, whilst it tends to dominate any dish foolish enough to compete. Is that what wine is for? An outstanding achievement in terms of pushing the envelope of the vineyard, but that does not necessarily mean an enjoyable drinking experience. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted July 2007.
I have had the 1990 Montrose on four separate occasions over the last several months, and I have consistently rated it either 99 or 100. Three of the bottles came from my cellar, and one was tasted at the chateau. None of them revealed any brett, which is not the case with bottles that were exposed to heat, or had bad storage issues. The wine remains a blockbuster, an inky/ruby/purple-colored effort revealing stunning concentration, amazingly high glycerin, and abundant amounts of sweet black fruits intermixed with notions of earth and spice. It is a fleshy, full-bodied St.-Estephe with atypically high amounts of fatness and fruit extract, but it is settling down nicely and seems set for another 2-3 decades of longevity. Many have felt the 1989 Montrose is better, and it is getting closer to meriting a three digit score, but it remains more tannic and backward. Release price: ($350.00/case)