Tasting Notes Montrose 2000
The 2000 Montrose is just starting now to open and shows beautiful spices and dark fruits on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied with ultra-fine, integrated tannins and an extremely complex, refined finish of subtle dark fruits and spices. Drink or hold.
Originally rated 96, this wine confirmed its early rating, although again, the backwardness and still very obvious tannins suggest another 7- to 8-year wait. Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied , rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. For a wine that is already 10 years of age, it remains infantile. This blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is indeed a special wine and should hit its prime in about 2020 and last at least 30 years afterward.
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. There is a sense of “controlled opulence” on the nose: blackberry, fig, smoke and touches of boot polish. Very good definition and focus, developing scents of scorched earth/wet clay with time. The palate is medium-bodied, firm tannins, perhaps just a little dry vis-a-vis the level of fruit, muscular, great depth and powerful, but missing a touch of joie-de-vivre towards the finish which means it is a young St. Estephe! Give this time and that mark will tilt upwards. Drink 2020-2040. Tasted March 2010.