Chateau Montrose 1982

The fill level was good.  The bottle appeared in good shape, a bit of gunk under the capsule, but not too bad.  Would the cork survive opening or break?  No, it opened cleanly – the French always seem to have those extra long corks that hold up to age … The moment of truth.  A quick sniff of the cork, and then the bottle. Joy or anger? Relief.  And then joy – no cork taint.  Earth, blackcurrants, cigar box and anise aromatics with time in the glass.  Long length, more cigar box and blackcurrants, smoke and earth on the palate.  For reasons I struggle to understand, the wine grows and grows in the glass, seemingly putting on weight and structure as the glass depletes.  The 1982 is a fabled vintage, Chateau Montrose is a fabled producer, and this a monumental wine.  Happiness.  Outstanding

Abv: n/a
Price: don’t ask
Sample: I wish
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2012
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February 2, 2013

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