Château Montrose – 2013 – Saint Estèphe 2nd Grand Cru Classé

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Youthful appearance with a slight purple hue, medium towards deep ruby-red. Very fine nose, there is good depth. Quite multi-layered here, with inky dark fruit, blackberry, cassis, ripe herbs like sage with dark plum and elegant toastiness in the background. Fine tobacco, rather like a Cuban cigar. Also with a good purity and a slight hint of minerality. Good bite on the palate. Fine density of fruit. This is really medium towards full weight, but really with an emphasis on fruit. I think the extract is quite soft and subtle already. So not a lot of tannin. Bright and fresh acidity. Very elegant fruit flavours, with notably blackcurrant and plum. Elegant spiciness. A long, lingering finish. A good sensation of purity on the finish. A slight touch of minerality and a very discreet smokiness. A very fine wine that is already accessible I would say. It should obviously go on for a long time, but it should drink well pretty early on.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.

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