Been drinking mainly California Merlots for a number of years now and recently got more serious about wines.
I recently purchased a Monbousquet and Troplong Mondot, both around 8-10 yrs old from a reputable dealer that stored them correctly and then I stored them for a month in my cool. Both were decanted and I used the proper Riedel glasses.
One smell from the Monbousquet could be described as barnyard I guess. Both of them were very had a strong alcohol like smell with an unpleasant finish.
Is this just characteristic of French wines or possibbly a term called "vin de press" that I've read about the French using?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.