Thursday 2 June 2016

Red Room Hedonism - Two Old Montrose & One Young Canon

Since we moved I have stored my wines at Magnusson Fine Wine, a storage facility in the middle of Stockholm. They also have some nice tasting rooms where you can drink your wines and order meals to go along. Me and Peter met yesterday and shared some Bordeaux in the Red Room, as seen to the right in the pic below.

1962 Château Montrose
We couldn´t go through every vintage of Montrose at the 100 year tasting, so we continued with these two. The nose of the 62 starts of very old, with lots of VA and cooked plums, but with some time in the glass it freshens up and present itself as a old gentleman still with a sparkle in the eye. Notes of wet tobacco, autumn leaves and soya sauce meets the nose. On the nose alone, this has gone to far.
But that is not the case when you taste it! It is a lot fresher on the palate, with notes of dried black fruits, autumn leaves, cedar and good red wine vinegar. Medium long, soft but with a fine prescence. Went really well with the food.
87p   (tasted 2016/06)

1979 Château Montrose
This 79 is a great bottle caught in a perfect moment. Not the greatest year, but Montrose, as Latour, have a solid track record of making fine wine in lesser years. The nose is full of crushed leaves from a black currant bush with additional notes of tobacco, warm tiles and candle grease. Very, very good. A very classic, cool Bordeaux nose.
The taste is medium bodied, cool and mature with lovely notes of red and black currants, cedar, gravel and autumn leaves. The finish is long and velvety. Drinking perfect today and shows that there isn´t something like great vintages, there are only great wines.
93p   (tasted 2016/05)

2006 Château Canon
From a half bottle. Compared with the previous two, this is a fruit bomb! But when you concentrate on the wine in question you get fine notes of ripe plums, dark chcoolate and a great floral scent on the nose. Deep and rich but keeping everything in check.
The taste is deep, concentrated and juicy with notes of sweet black currants, plums, crushed rocks and some pipe tobacco. A long, warm, multi layered finish. This will need 5+ years in the cellar even though it is very yummy today.
91p   (tasted 2016/06)

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