What am I tasting?

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.
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Will you get more "barnyard" with Bdx than calif merlot? Yes, usually, but it often blows off with some air. More alcohol on the nose? Not if the wine is balanced. What vintages did you have? Vintage is very important with Bordeaux. One vintage of a wine might be full and lush, the next one, hard and gamy.

Instead of buying random bottles piecemeal, my humble opinion is to find a retail/private tasting in your area featuring a number of at least moderately aged Bordeaux, including some "right bank" reds that typically feature more merlot. If you still prefer California merlot, you should drink and enjoy it, and don't think of it as less "serious"---only less expensive. Wink
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If you still prefer California merlot, you should drink and enjoy it, and don't think of it as less "serious"---only less expensive. Wink


Wine and wine making is always a serious thing, apart of where the wine comes from.

Nguyen, it is possible to know, other than the vintage, how long did you decanted your Bordeaux?
if one is not familiar, aged cab's / cab blends will have that wet tobacco characteristic that someone may mistake for "Barnyard"

barnyard is pretty offputting to me.

wet tobacco is very distinctive for a cab in my opinion

and depending ont he year, the monbousquet is certainly not a "delicate" wine

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