At 45 years old, the 1973 Chateau Montrose  La Charmolue from Saint-Estephe cost under $14 back then, had 13% alcohol, and scored a delightful 17 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale.  There’s something about chilly autumn days that call for older Bordeaux.  Montrose is a Second Growth Grand Cru from the 1855 Classification.

The bottle says 73 Cl instead of 75CL or even 750 ML as used today. Centiliters (CL) was an insider hint saying the wine “Can’t Last”, but they were wrong this time.   Even though 1973 was not as good as the 70’s or 78’s, the wines hold up well from Saint-Estephe when you have more tannic vintages.

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With lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, some Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot to darken it, the wine was holding well, and could go another decade now that it’s peaked.

With cigar box and leather aromas, the wine was meant for red meat. After decanting, some black fruit notes rose with the forest floor aromas. It was delightful to see how well it held its color. Lay some wines down for your future drinking.  In Vino Veritas.