Château Montrose 1989, St-Estèphe 2me Cru Classé (12)

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Lot 537
Château Montrose 1989, St-Estèphe 2me Cru Classé (12)

Sold for US$ 3,360 inc. premium

Fine and Rare Wines

22 Sep 2017, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

Château Montrose 1989
St-Estèphe 2me Cru Classé

(1 lightly nicked, 1 lightly scuffed, and 9 lightly bin-soiled labels, 6 lightly corroded capsules)
1 dozen bottles

"Lucid in color, the aromatics do not hold back with vibrant blackberry, blueberry and black truffle, hints of sous-bois, all with sensational precision that few can match in this vintage (indeed, its precision lends it a veneer of modernity since "precision" is now more commonplace across Bordeaux). The palate is brilliantly balanced with filigree tannin. There is wonderful backbone here, extremely fresh and tensile, crystalline even with an exceptional detail, mineral-rich finish that lingers in the mouth. Difficult to fault, this might well be the greatest 1989 Montrose that I have tasted, and certainly wishing to take nothing away from the 1990 Montrose that I tasted alongside, the 1989 is now the one I would pick. Is this the greatest Saint Estèphe of the 1980s? I would put it within the top five Bordeaux of the 1980s. Could this be inching its way to perfection???" (100pts Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, March 2017)
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