1998 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A classic effort, the 1998 Montrose exhibits a dense purple color in addition to a sweet nose of jammy cassis, licorice, earth, and smoke. It is a powerful and full-bodied wine with well-integrated tannin. Given Montrose's tendency to shut down, it is performing better out of bottle than I expected. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Cassis, black cherry, tobacco leaf, licorice and tangy bitter chocolate on the nose. Intensely flavored, bright and penetrating; as dense as the '99 but firmer, more obviously structured, and in need of a good decade of bottle aging. Firm tannins suffuse the palate. Montrose has been making consistently excellent wine in recent years. (ST)
Very dense and concentrated still with very firm Cabernet Sauvignon and stony characteristics. But there is also some obvious ripeness. More impressive than charming. (18/20 points)
Slinky and elegant, with lots of plum, tobacco and meat aromas. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a pleasant, fruity finish.