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
Price: don’t ask
Sample: I wish
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