TN: 1986 Montrose

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TN: 1986 Montrose

#1 Post by Rudi Finkler » May 21st, 2020, 9:21 am

The tannins have mellowed significantly over the last few years and this fabulous Saint-Estèphe, 12.5% alcohol, is drinking perfectly now. Exceptionally well-balanced with deliciously bracing acidity and minerality, the 1986 Montrose is one of those irresistible, classic, incredibly elegant, and sophisticated clarets that have become so rare today. Every thing is on the right place and there are absolutely no signs of fatigue in color, aroma, or taste. Pure blackcurrant, blueberry, plum, and raspberry fruit backs up a core of delicate, ripe, Morello cherry fruit and the berry, spicy, leathery finish lingers on and on...
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#2 Post by Kelly Flynn » May 21st, 2020, 10:24 am

Rudi Finkler wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 9:21 am
The tannins have mellowed significantly over the last few years and this fabulous Saint-Estèphe, 12.5% alcohol, is drinking perfectly now. Exceptionally well-balanced with deliciously bracing acidity and minerality, the 1986 Montrose is one of those irresistible, classic, incredibly elegant, and sophisticated clarets that have become so rare today. Every thing is on the right place and there are absolutely no signs of fatigue in color, aroma, or taste. Pure blackcurrant, blueberry, plum, and raspberry fruit backs up a core of delicate, ripe, Morello cherry fruit and the berry, spicy, leathery finish lingers on and on...
Love it! I don't think there's another 2nd Growth that ages like Montrose. At 34 it is probably just comfortably middle aged.

Took a chance on some 1975s recently. Fingers crossed.

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#3 Post by Odd Rydland » May 21st, 2020, 11:56 am

USD 20 pr bottle for my 6pack in 1994......

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#4 Post by G. Bienstock » May 21st, 2020, 12:08 pm

Thanks for the note, I was unsure of when to open my singleton.
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#5 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 21st, 2020, 12:35 pm

Wait, there is not wine in the glass!

I have very very fond memories of this classic wine, but it’s been quite a few years since I had one.

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#6 Post by Rudi Finkler » May 21st, 2020, 11:10 pm

Robert, the wine, food, and company were so fabulous two nights ago that I totally forgot to take some pictures during our outdoor dinner. But I can do a little photoshop magic on the picture if you wish. :-)
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#7 Post by Rudi Finkler » May 22nd, 2020, 1:23 am

Here a first attempt. :-)

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#8 Post by Darin Kendrick » May 22nd, 2020, 7:40 pm

The wine that got me into wine many years ago. Glad to hear it is still going strong. St Estephe is amazing in its aging ability.

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#9 Post by Br1an Th0rne » May 22nd, 2020, 7:48 pm

Glad it showed well. The ‘82 was my first “ah-ha” wine from Bordeaux, back in 1998.

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#10 Post by Arv R » May 23rd, 2020, 11:06 am

Looks nice. I always felt the wines from this era were pretty stern though.
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#11 Post by Rudi Finkler » May 23rd, 2020, 11:31 pm

Yes, traditionally-made wines from this era are often stern, tight and tannic in their youth, especially clarets from 1986 and 1988, but many of them have a great ageing potential and are particularly elegant today.
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