A good vintage if better on the right bank, this wine is drinking at or maybe slightly past peak, but still very nice. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Old school in style. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with tobacco, cassis, forest floor and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, cassis, tobacco with underlying earthiness. Good texture. Complex. Long finish. This is great on its own and will work nicely with lamb chops. Drink over the next few years.
Classic Cos from the great B2K vintage. This has been a very slow developing vintage and the better wines are finally showing their wares. Purple in color with slight ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is vibrant with cassis, black cherries, soy sauce, spice, and leather. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good balance. On the palate, Cassis, black cherries, some dried cherries with underlying spices. Some mint on the finish. This is just starting to approach peak and should drink well for the next twelve to fifteen years. A nice match for roasted fowl.
Great showing for this wine. The vintage was good if not great, but at age 20, this is vibrant and youthful. Purple in color with some ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The first sniff has that classic soy sauce note often found in Cos. Also black cherries, cigar box, and slight roasted meats. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a great lush texture. Medium tannins. Lots of cassis with some smoke and a bit of earthiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This was pop and pour and really could have used an hour or so in a decanter. It needs a few more years until maturity but no harm in
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