Although there is nothing wrong with this, it did not represent the complexity and depth of a typical St. Estephe. Brilliant garnet color. Some light fruits on the palate. A bit thin in the mouth. Rather dry and a bit heavy on the tannins. Disappointing given the otherwise outstanding vintage.
No faults, just not up to snuff. Very "fall fair"; hay bales and cotton candy. I also found it a bit sweaty/animal. Green pepper, white tobacco, and cooked fruit- jam... to its credit, quite varietally typical. In the mouth it really fell apart, the wine was thin, tannins dry... mostly vegetal on the palate. Must agree with some of the other recent posts... "weak in the knees". No faults, but terrible value.
Pfft. A great vintage, a great location - this should have been so much better but it was underwhelming to the point that I threw most of it down the sink. Not because it was undrinkable but it was just so forgettable that I figured I could spend the next hour of my life drinking this and forgetting it, or I could drink something else. Soft, round, soapy fruit. Little structure to speak of, which is surprising for a 2000 - this needs some tannins and structure but instead there is just flabby nothingness. A shame because previous vintages have been excellent.
Robe rubis intense et opaque, la couronne commence à peine à tourner un peu vers le grenat. Au nez, le cassis, le tabac blond, un peu de cuir et la crème fraîche... Un beau petit bordeaux en perspective! En bouche, l'attaque est encore fruitée et la bouche très agréable et la maturité du vin le rend très intéressant. Malgré que les tannins soient très souples et intégrés la finale est un peu décevante car le bois est la saveur qui demeure à la toute fin.
Malgré tout un vin à 27$ qui m'en aura donné pour mon argent.
Not as impressive as one should expect from a St. Estephe. The tannins are now on the background. You kan taste cherry hints of vanilla leather and wood though al in al it's a bit watery or thin. I drank one bottle accompanied with cheese and one bottle with a meal with roasted (wild) duckbreast. The duck lifted up the wine.
Pretty muted nose. A little burnt wood, pencil and dark fruit. Probably drinking in its prime. Nice, simple Bordeaux that is showing a good balance of dark fruit, earth, tobacco and leather. Very dry with a long finish of oak and cherry.
Fine ruby tones, adequately viscous, remarkable bouquet given its humble pedigree, plenty of fruit and delicately perfumed, pleasant mouthfeel, the remaining tannins suggesting still a few good years left as of 2009; fine wine altogether if not terribly complex.
Very good nose, fruity with tones of chocolate and leather. Tasting: nice fruit, although a bit thin and not very long lasting. Gets better with aeriation in the glass. Pleasant wine, certainly when considering its prize.
Deep red colour with musk or other animalistic notes and cheese on the nose. There were also some underlying cherry and wood (close to pencil shavings) notes on the nose as well.
2 days later there was still an underdeveloped fruit core under the acidity and a peppery finish. It still seems like this wine was holding something back. I would personally wait a few more years to see how this fruit core develops. J-didn't like it (too earthy on the initial taste and laking a finish).
This wine remided me of the Bordeaux 2006 En-Primeur tasting I attended last year where I realised that I needed to be an experienced taster to recognise what was lying underneath those samples. Perhaps the wine is going through a "dumb phase" at the moment
Tour de Bordeaux; Next stop: St. Estèphe @ Roel's (Netherlands): Ruby red, deep core. Fragrant, ester-like bouquet. Prunes, rosehips, orchids, olives, caramel-and-cream. Seems modern and extracted. A sip reveals kirsch, chocolate, sweet bell pepper, coffee, leather and bulky but ripe tannines. Good effort, still slightly reserved now. 17/20
Initially, this was completely closed. Thin, watery and very uninspiring. An hour in the glass helped the nose immensely and notes of cassis, cedar and sunwarmed stones came out. Decent finish and quite a bit of tannins. Better on day 2 with a creamy texture and soft, sweet fruit. 87 pts on day 1, but the score ends on 88 due to the final improvements overnight.
Very stinky with touches of high toast oak and barnyardy brett, fighting with some ripe plum and dark fruits for centre stage. The palate is a bit funky and whilst it is a disjointed wine it actually worked reasonably well with an earthy rabbit dish. I won’t be racing out to buy any more of this wine.