consumed after a few hours in a decanter. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, char, and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a silky lush texture. Very tannic. Lots of cassis with some smoke/char. Good balance. Nice finish. This needs another seven to ten years to get close to maturity, then it should drink well for ten to fifteen more. This will need big flavors in food to not get overwhelmed. Maybe a Bacon, Mushroom, Cheeseburger?
From the great 2018 vintage, this is one that is drinking quite well at this young age with just a bit of air. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, cinnamon, spice and black cherries. Full bodied. On the palate, this is showing a nice depth and complexity. Delicious. Medium but firm tannins. Flavors of cassis, leather, spice and slight dry earthiness. Good balance. Nice finish. This will continue to mature over the next five to seven years, but drinks well now and will for the n
This is the second wine of Cos D'Estournel. It is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with dust cassis, cherries, soy sauce, slight tobacco and spice. A great lush texture. Firm tannins. On the palate, cassis, black cherries, with spice and slight tobacco notes. Long finish. This needs another seven to ten years to mature and will drink well for ten to fifteen after that. It will work well with roasted meats such as Roasted Lamb with garlic.
This is a second wine of Chateau Montrose. Tasted blind, with a tasting group, this was disappointing. It finished in last place for me and close to that for the group. It is a fine wine, but more was expected once the label was revealed. Purple in color, shimmering bright and opaque. The nose has cherries, black cherries and spice. On the palate, light tannins and sour cherries. Easy drinking. It is a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Cabernet Franc. Right now, the Merlot dominates. Of course, with some, the Cabs could wake up and get the party started. Based
Although 2003 was not a classic vintage in Bordeaux (it was extremely hot), this is a classic styled Montrose at age 17. 2003 Château Montrose is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. Opaque and bright. The nose has some barnyard along with cassis, and a slight char. What a great texture. Luxurious, almost gelatinous. Lots of cassis fruit over some char and earth. Complex layers. Long finish. This seems to be at or close to peak but should be here for at least a decade. Drinking very well on its own and will work w
The 2003's a general rule are all drinking at peak now. It was a very hot vintage. Some wines got very ripe and others, stayed green when the plants shut down due to the heat. Inky purple in color. Opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, spice and cinnamon. Very clean. On the palate, this has light to medium tannins, still plenty of cherries and black cherries. Ripe bit not over the top although concentrated. Long finish. This probably won't get better but should be good for another ten to fifteen years. it will work well with grilled or roasted meats or on its own.
This was a good showing for this wine from what is a very hard and slow to mature vintage. At age 24, however, this one seems to be about at peak. Ruby in color with some browning. The nose is tight but eventually shows cassis, dust and slight soy sauce. On the palate, this again takes some time to open. This was pop and pour, but an hour decant might have been a good idea. Eventually, it shows cassis over a forest floor. It unwinds in the glass showing nice layering. Mild tannins. Medium finish. This should certainly drink well for the next decade. It works better with food and
This bottle was decanted for an hour and then double decanted back in the bottle. It might have needed a bit more than that but that was good. Ruby/purple in color. Clear and bright. The nose is a bit of a dusty attic at first. With air, cherries and cedar come out. Light tannins on the palate. Cherries with sandalwood and slight forest floor on the palate. This has a nice complexity with good layering. This seems at peak now. No hurry but it probably should be drunk by 2030. It will work better at the table at this point, roasted meats, fowl or veggies would be great.
Cos d'Estournel is one of the great wines of Bordeaux and so, one of the great wines of the world. 2008 is a vintage that doesn't always get the respect that it deserve coming right before the pair of great vintages 2009 and 2010. It is also a bit more backward than its reputation and so the wines don't always show that well at this point. They will. This one is drinking well but patience will certainly be rewarded. It needs a few more years in the cellar to get to peak. Purple in color. The nose is nice with cassis and soy sauce. Also some baking spice. On the palate, this has med
Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with cassis, slight blueberries, soy sauce, and slight baking spices. On the palate, this is young, tight and tannic, but given that, it presents delicious drinking right now. Of course, give it five or ten years and there is definitely some upside. The palate has lots of cassis intertwined with a nice earthiness with some salinity. Good finish. Needs heavier foods right now. This has another 20 years in it depening how you like your wines.