TN: '75 Chateau Montrose

1975 Chateau Montrose, St. Estephe -- I was concerned that this wine wouldn't show well, given its bottom-neck fill, and I was right. The cork was soaked to about 1/16" from the top, spongy, and the last 1/2" broke despite my careful effort at extraction. (An interesting feature of the bottle is the fact that the name of the proprietor--L. Charmolue-- is in script the same size as the name of the wine on the front label.) The wine was a beautiful pale ruby color, and delivered a powerful nose of lead pencil. Unfortunately, in the mouth it was all about structure, and NOT about fruit. Extremely silky with lead pencil/mineral notes, beyond that it had some sense of residual sweetness, but no fruit to speak of of. After half an hour it became disjointed on the finish, a sure sign that its life was over. Disappointing. I've had this bottle for 27 years, and should more properly perhaps have kept it as a permanent souvenir of my first foray into Bordeaux futures rather than drank it.

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