Château Montrose Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1989 (1500ml)

$1145

For many years I have vehemently argued that the 1989 Montrose is a benchmark wine for the estate. Having tasted it several times over the last couple of months, I have never found a single occasion to alter that view. Tasted at the vertical in London, it continues to shine, having never lost any of its luster in recent years... Lucid in color, the aromatics do not hold back with vibrant blackberry, blueberry and black truffle, hints of sous-bois, all with sensational precision that few can match in this vintage (indeed, its precision lends it a veneer of modernity since "precision" is now more commonplace across Bordeaux). The palate is brilliantly balanced with filigree tannin. There is wonderful backbone here, extremely fresh and tensile, crystalline even with an exceptional detail, mineral-rich finish that lingers in the mouth. Difficult to fault, this might well be the greatest 1989 Montrose that I have tasted, and certainly wishing to take nothing away from the 1990 Montrose that I tasted alongside, the 1989 is now the one I would pick. Is this the greatest Saint Estèphe of the 1980s? I would put it within the top five Bordeaux of the 1980s. Could this be inching its way to perfection??? Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Nick Apone Delectable Pro

1989

1989

9.4

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

In a weird coincidence both my brother and I brought this to a blind-tasting. Mine = corked

In a weird coincidence both my brother and I brought this to a blind-tasting. Mine = corked

9.7

Christine Havens Delectable Pro

Beautifully evolved nose of leather, mulberry, brambly red berries, clove and dried mint. Medium-bodied with a regal countenance—there is still tons of structure, with mouth-coating fine grain tannin in abundance. Truly, this wine could go on and on and on in the cellar. The 1989 Château Montrose is not terribly fruit-driven, rather it's interior space is occupied by notes of dusty, clayey soil, cedar, black tea and spice. That wonderful impression of clove is on the finish, too.

Beautifully evolved nose of leather, mulberry, brambly red berries, clove and dried mint. Medium-bodied with a regal countenance—there is still tons of structure, with mouth-coating fine grain tannin in abundance. Truly, this wine could go on and on and on in the cellar. The 1989 Château Montrose is not terribly fruit-driven, rather it's interior space is occupied by notes of dusty, clayey soil, cedar, black tea and spice. That wonderful impression of clove is on the finish, too.

9.2

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Fully mature and totally in the pocket. Slight bricking in the glass and cloves jump out and grab you. Deep red fruit, dusty tannins, pencil shavings. The fruit takes a backseat to the tertiary characteristics but it's a fun study. From April in FLA.

Fully mature and totally in the pocket. Slight bricking in the glass and cloves jump out and grab you. Deep red fruit, dusty tannins, pencil shavings. The fruit takes a backseat to the tertiary characteristics but it's a fun study. From April in FLA.

9.5

David L Delectable Pro

89' Perfect! Close to.. Decant for an hour or two. One of the best wines... ever!! First glass was a 9.3. Last glass was WOTN ?

89' Perfect! Close to.. Decant for an hour or two. One of the best wines... ever!! First glass was a 9.3. Last glass was WOTN ?

10

Craig Haserot Delectable Pro

Founder and Proprietor Sojourn Cellars

This one needs a ridiculous amount of time, it is almost primary for a 1989. See you in 25 years

This one needs a ridiculous amount of time, it is almost primary for a 1989. See you in 25 years

9.2

Andrew S Delectable Pro

Leather and lots of it. Cedar, subtle dark fruit and bramble fruit, hint of mint at the end. The grandmothers purse in the attic. Beautiful acid at the end keeps it refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect pair to the 60-day dry aged ribeye!

Leather and lots of it. Cedar, subtle dark fruit and bramble fruit, hint of mint at the end. The grandmothers purse in the attic. Beautiful acid at the end keeps it refreshing and easy to drink. Perfect pair to the 60-day dry aged ribeye!

9.4

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

My buddy Jason Chang is going to be a little upset that we are drinking an 89 tonight. This one's for Flora's B-Day year Bud!!

My buddy Jason Chang is going to be a little upset that we are drinking an 89 tonight. This one's for Flora's B-Day year Bud!!

9.5

Peter Mansell Delectable Pro

Full bodied, well structured. Excellent

Full bodied, well structured. Excellent

9.3

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Wow! Just beautiful and still a baby. Not nearly the "horse sweat" brett you get from the 1990.

Wow! Just beautiful and still a baby. Not nearly the "horse sweat" brett you get from the 1990.

9.5

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