Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux

Barb's
Tasted Sunday, June 10, 2012 by AllRed with 501 views

Introduction

This was our first tasting as official members of the Sunday blind tasting group, and a great way to start. A different format than our Saturday group, the host provides a couple of warm up wines, and selects a theme of 8 wines, served double blind to the group. The warm ups are tasted and evaluated as members arrive, then unveiled prior to the main tasting. The main tasting is done in one flight- all 8 wines are poured and evaluated, all the while being discussed. Everyone settles on their guess as to the theme, and if possible, specific wines. Each taster ranks the wines from 1 to 8, with 1 point awarded for their favorite. The scores are tallied and unveiled from last place (most points) to first place (least points). After the main tasting we enjoy dinner and a few nonblind reds and dessert wines contributed by the attendees. Attendees chip in to cover the host's cost of the wines.

Flight 1 - Warm ups (5 Notes)

Barb had recently moved, so in addition to the blind warm ups, there were a few nonblind bubblies to toast the new house.

Flight 2 - Main tasting (8 Notes)

Often times there are many opinions on the theme. This month eveyone was quickly able to settle on Bordeaux, but there were questions about the vintage. Most guesses ranged from 2004 to 2008- I do not recall hearing anyone suggest 2000. These all appeared very youthful with deep color. Listed in order they appeared in the flight.

  • 2000 Château La Fleur de Boüard 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lalande de Pomerol

    Deep color. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, lavender and red fruit. Firm tannins, with chocolate, red fruit and spice flavors. Long finish.

    My #2, Domino's #1
    Group #2, 37 pts

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  • 2000 Château Léoville Barton 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Deep crimson color. Notes of green tobacco, anise and black fruit. Full-bodied, with firm tannin. Flavors of red fruit, spice and roasted herbs; hint of underbrush.

    My #6, Domino's #6
    Group #6, 58 pts

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  • 2000 Château Faugères

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Garnet color. Dominant note of beef bouillon cubes; some red fruit underneath. Acidic, with firm tannins. Red fruit and bouillon flavors; austere midpalate & finish.

    My #8, Domino's #8
    Group #8, 67 pts

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  • 2000 Château Léoville Poyferré 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Deep color. Red currants, lavender and floral notes, black currants as well. Full-bodied, with black and red fruit, underbrush and herb flavors. Nice finish with balanced acidity. 91-92+ pts.

    My #1, Domino's #5
    Group #5, 49 pts

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  • 2000 Château Lynch-Bages

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Deep crimson color. Aromas of spice, red fruit, chocolate and vanilla. With time, herb, tobacco and roasted meat notes emerge. Full-bodied, with fairly firm tannins and flavors of red fruit, spice and tobacco. Lengthy finish.

    My #5, Domino's #2
    Group #3, 42 pts

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  • 2000 Château Malartic-Lagravière 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Garnet color. Notes of vanilla, dill and red fruit with herbal undertones. Becomes florally, also displays red currant, charcoal and tobacco aromas. Medium tannins, with lush red fruit and herb flavors; underbrush and incense. Medium+ finish with nice acidity.

    My #3, Domino's #3
    Group #4, 43 pts

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  • 2000 Château d'Issan 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Crimson color. Opens with a slight green/herbal note- in a good way- along with spice box and tobacco. With time, aromas of florals, incense and iron appear. Medium- to full-bodied with flavors of red currants, herbs, tobacco and vanilla. Tannins are beginning to soften.

    My #4, Domino's #4
    Group #1, 33 pts

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  • 2000 Château Sociando-Mallet

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    Garnet color. Initial aroma is of freshly cut green bell pepper. It took a while to develop in the glass, but eventually red fruit, blackberry and roasted herb notes emerged, and the bell pepper took on a pleasing roasted quality. Medium-bodied, with stemmy red fruit to start; a bit green and acidic. Again, with enough time in the glass, this came around a bit and featured red fruit, game and green tobacco qualities.

    My #7, Domino's #7
    Group #7, 67 pts

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Flight 3 - Dinner & dessert (6 Notes)

Closing

Thanks Barb for a wonderful tasting.

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