Deep ruby, with some lightening to the color, but it's fairly dark for 16 years of age. On the nose, oak, smoke, eucalyptus, blackberry, plum, tobacco and a hint of truffle, that is trying to poke through, but just cannot get there. Very concentrated, fresh, young, rich and loaded with ripe, juicy, blackberries and a hint of dark chocolate in the soft, opulent, textural finish. This is still quite young, lush and vibrant. I'd wait 4-5 years before popping another bottle.
The wine was decanted about 90 minutes when I wrote this note. I upgraded the score with 2.5 hours of air, which added a really silky feel to the wine. It will be interesting to see how this progresses tonight. If the oak fades into the wine, and that could take a while, this will deserve a much higher score as there is a lot of obvious quality in this wine.
Consistent with the bottle of 3 yrs ago, excellent. Ageing very slowly this, with some fringe signs of additional secondary development; largely on par with the prior bottle and I don't foresee any real (i.e. interesting) developments for at least 7-8 years. Delicious now, superb later. If only I could age as gracefully as this no doubt will. Sigh. highly recommended
Double-decanted at 8am, served non-blind at 7pm and allowed to slow-ox for 90 minutes prior to service.
Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Opens with aromas of perfumed florals- lavender and violets, along with tobacco, cassis and plum. Medium tannins. Flavors of black fruit and cassis, violets and earth with a long minute+ finish. Very perfumed and elegant, with herbal undertones. Adds red fruit qualities as it opens further in the glass. Hints of iodine emerge after another 30 minutes in the glass. 96+ pts.
As soon as I picked up the iodine I knew it was one of the Graves, and as open as it was, I assumed it was the Pape Clément.
From half bottle. PnP. Out of a half bottle, I was expecting more development, but this was still primary. It had a coffee, tannic finish which took down the score for me. Still the complexity was there.
This, to me, is quintessential Graves, which is my favorite appellation within Bordeaux. Decanted for two hours. Great length with good ripe fruit in the mid palate. It has the mineral,earthy complex finish that only great Bordeaux can claim. Great balance with supple tannins. Drinks younger than a 15 year old wine . This is in an excellent early drinking window and should last 10 years or more.
Still young and somewhat closed this 14 year old Pessac. Dense red claret color in the glass. On the nose blueberries, mint and some oak. Nicely acidic in the mouth with some noticeable tannins. Not at all secondary on this tasting. Will try again in five years.
Cabernet Sauvignon at C's: Second time I have had this wine, and this time blind. Nice, smooth and creamy on the palate. Some coffee with well integrated tannins. Very nice but was thinking California and seemed a bit one dimensional. Might need a few more years to develop more complexity.
Popped cork an hour bf decant, then drank over 2 hrs. Best glass was last. Classic bordeaux nose and finish of minerality, hums on the palate for 30+ seconds. To be critical, would want a little more concentration of fruit in the mid palate, although Francophiles may disagree w this.
decanted 1.5 hours. Allred's note below is accurate & precise to our experience in every regard; young, but escalating towards a special bottle, this was the best of the pessac-leognans tonight, continuing to evolve in the glass.
Really too young to meaningfully rate - now this is still so embryonic, so primordial. Just barely poking its head above the parapet, but dense fruit and some smoke. Still, doesn't scream Pessac (which I like Pessac to do). In 5 years, I think this will probably be in EARLY maturity. Let's discuss again then.
Second Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Dark color with notes of tobacco, iron and black fruit with a floral, perfumed overtone. Herb and tobacco notes become dominant; develops an iodine quality as well. Full-bodied and youthful; flavors of spice,red and black currants, blackberry licorice and iodine. Structured and balanced, with a wonderful core of fruit. Long finish. The most complete wine tonight. 93+ pts.
What can I say about a wine this old that everyone doesn't already know? The second wine of Graves only to Haut Brion. I loved this bottle and was so glad to have the opportunity to drink it from my grandmother's decanter. Over two hours this one opened up nicely and let me say there is no rush at all to drink it. No hint of fading. But wonderful now.
This has not budged in a year. Still young, the nose offers incense, smoke, blackberry, boysenberry and earthy scents. The wine is soft. The tannins are refined. But the fruit is subdued and primary. There is a lot of upside potential if you are patient. 5-10 years is needed before it matures.
Poured into decanter and drank over 3h. Perfect, / mint cork. Dark garnet with transparent rim. Beautiful immediately upon opening, sous bois, dark and red fruit, some coffee. Sweet on the attack but then precisely drawn and more serious on the mid palate. Medium plus body. Later fine tannins appear and also the toasted oak become a bit too dominant. Medium to long finish, Looks like a great wine in the making but needs another 2-3 years to further integrate the oak. Try the 96 and particularly 95 Pape Clement while waiting for this to further develop. 92+
I must disclose that Pape Clement is among my favorite Bordeaux and for that matter, wines in general. It is a highly aromatic wine with the typical animalic (barnyard), smoky and forest floor Graves notes that jump from the glass. In my view if you want to show someone the difference between Napa Cabernet and Bordeaux these wines are a good choice because the aromatic profile is so distinctively Bordeaux and different to Napa. Now drinking well are the 2000 and 2001. The consumers can than chose which one they prefer. On the palate the 2000 is more structured and denser in the mid palate. It can be consumed now with 1h of aeration but will last for another decade while the 2001 is at its peak now.
Intense aromas of smoke, tar, cigar ash, blackberry, boysenberry and cocoa. This seems to have become more structured over the past years. It's not quite as flamboyant. Concentrated, full bodied and rich, a hours in the decanted added a lot to the wine and helped it soften and flesh out. I'd give it 3-5 years before popping a bottle.
At Champetre. This was a close second for wotn. Jojo opened a few hours before service. This is open for business. Complex, long and some bricking already (surprisingly for an '00). Just lacking a hint of freshness that I think good '00 bordeaux should still have. Decanting a must to get maximum potential. Not sure if there is much more room to improve. This is a good sample of what a parkerized wine can evolve into.
A great bottle.. Lovely red fruit and minerals on the nose and palate. Would have liked a bit more complexity. Good acidity which gave this wine nice freshness. Very long on the finish. Still got many many years ahead of it. Just starting to hit its stride. Cheers
Restaurant purchase at Veritas - NYC. Dark color, solid cork, good strong body and legs. Well balanced, silky and elegant. Not as complex as expected but a solid wine. Flavors well integrated with minimal tannins so don't expect another 15-20 years. Dark fruit, cassis, some vanilla and chocolate. Girlfriend enjoyed this more than the 2000 Poyferrie which I enjoyed more for its greater structure and complexity. Great wine, great food.
Like most 2000 Bordeaux, this wine was super tight and nearly undrinkable in its youth. But we've tasted this a few times in the past year, and it has really come into its own. The structure is magnificent -- you could use some of the timber to build a house -- yet it is in concert with the fruit and perfectly balanced. The wine improved with breathing but has easily a decade or two ahead of it. Would be ideal with grilled red meat. I suggest decanting for 2 hours before drinking.
Deep in color, with tobacco, smoke, earth, caramel, cassis, espresso bean and blackberry aromatics. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, rich, ripe and round, the tannins are soft and the lush finish is packed with cassis, tobacco and cherry sensations. This is starting to drink well, although another year or two will add more softness and complexity to the wine.
Tasted side-by-side, single-blind with 2000 Cos d'Estournel. Aerated in decanter 6 hours. Very youthful dark ruby core, no sign of age. My friend arranged this dinner as a kind of experiment. These two wines had 96 points the former was scored by Parker, the latter, by Spectator/Suckling. Interestingly (or not), the reviewers were polar opposites (i.e. Parker gave the Cos 92, Spectator gave it 96, vice versa for the Pape Clement). I have to agree with Parker on these two wines, the Pape Clément being the superior of the two, and not by a small margin, either. For me, it came down to purity of fruit and an honest sense of balance and harmony. No need for descriptors here, that's been covered pretty well in the TN's already. I think Suckling had it exactly backwards on the scoring of these two wines, just my opinion. A really classy drop that I will make an effort to enjoy again whenever possible. highly recommended, drink thru 2026
Great wine! Popped and poured from cellar and served with turkey burgers. Classic Pessac bdx ready and willing to show its stuff. Open and very giving on the nose with cassis, earth, and tobacco. Velvety smooth palate with berries galore and some earthiness. Tannins were completely integrated in this bottle that was very fruit forward but with the beginnings of some very nice secondary characteristics. Long finish. Do not hesitate to open a bottle to enjoy now.
Opened for 1 hr+ in the bottle then decanted for another 1.5hr before tasting. When pouring it into the decanted, the beautiful Bordeaux nose fills the room. A lof of fruit, dark berries with a mix of red fruits too. Slightly more modern in style but the wine shows its pedigree and elegance. Still tannic and very drying in the mouth. Wine is way too young right now but the class is there and promises to be a stunning wine with patience. I wouldnt open another for at least 5+ years, probably longer. 92-93pts now but in future .... ?
With scents of earth, tobacco, cassis, cocoa, ripe blackberries, espresso bean, spice and jam, this blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, round and concentrated. Opulently textured, and still young, this deep, plush wine ends with ripe black cherries, cassis, spice, bitter chocolate and smoky flavors.
A really great modern Graves, and even though it was pop and poured the nose was an expressive mix of earth, fruit and slight floralness. Inky, concentrated sweet dark earthy fruit, lots of tobacco, minerals. Powerful yet elegant, and is a great meld of new and old world sentimentality.
Popped and poured. Dark inky purple. A little bit restrained on the nose at first. After 10 minutes in the glass, very new world. Dark fruits, wet stones, spice, pepper, sausage, earth, leather, vanilla, cigar box. Velvety mouthful, chewy, some dustiness, nice fruit ( rhubarb?) and a 30 second finish. Dare I say some earthy manure thing burbling up on the finish as well. Hardly overwhelming tannins but certainly lots of layers and structure. Magical wine.
I tasted this wine shortly after it hit the shelves. It was one of my personal candidates for wine of the year, rivalling the 2000 Pichon Baron. I recall uncorking it at the 2000 tasting we did in NYC in winter 2004. Mark Golodetz said to me: "What do you smell?" I wasn't sure what he was getting at. "What do you smell?" "I don't know, Mark. What do *you* smell?" "Oak... Heavy oak." Duh. Well, yeah. It was a recently bottled Bordeaux from a stellar vintage, in the age of His Majesty Robert M. Parker, Jr. Of course it is going to have 100% new French oak. What *else* about the wine? "Too modern." Nope.... Sorry, Mark. Loved it then, love it now. Love it even more now. As I have said so many times about Smith Haut Lafitte, if this is the "new" Bordeaux, then sign me up! (To Mark's credit, I think he came around on this wine a year or two later.) Having remembered that little tete a tete from about six years ago, I had braced myself with some preconceptions about this wine that I drank tonight now for the first time six years later (at least if memory serves). This wine was so interesting. It was classy, very balanced, very representative of its gravelly terroir, but, hey, yes, okay, it had a "modern" component to it in that it was clearly well-made, clearly the product of strict selection, etc. In the end, it was just damned good.... This wine is going to age very well, for a long, long time... I'm thinking maybe another thirty or forty years.... Stellar stuff.
Nice blend of fruit and truffles/leather on nose. Dark mouthfilling fruit attack and then long full finish. Tannins have already turned velvety. Beautiful and balanced, but a little bit of a fruit bomb for Bordeaux purists.
Very dark red/black color. Lovely graphite, iodine & fresh beef aromas with deep blackberry & black currant fruit & a hint of black peppercorn. Dusty, graphite infused entry over black currant fruit. This is all gorgeous mineral now & it is spectacular!
Toasted oak, bacon, cassis, soft bitterness, good tannin. Elegant. Long finish. I did not make many notes, but this is a very good wine. Needs 3 - 5 more years to show more of its merits. 92 for now, but with potential for one or two points more.
2000 Bordeaux, 1999 Pierre Morlet (Porto Leggero): Dark fruit, earth driven nose, something plastic-y in the mid-palate and significant acidity. With some time in the glass, spices appeared on the nose in abundance. This was served pop and pour and gave immediate pleasure. This was the wine of the night.
This wine rocked. I was really surprised as I hadn't tried it since purchase in '02, and didn't expect it to be so good. Smooth, classic in its French balance. I think it still has a few more years left to go till peak. What a shame I only have one bottle left!
Flock - 2000 Bordeaux Tasting (Dr. Tom's): Dark ruby with a reticent, chalky nose. Palate has sweet fruit with herbs, minerality, spice and pencil lead. Very well balanced with fruit matching tannin and providing great length. Finish is full of floral and spice notes. My #4, Group #3.
Haut-Bailly & Pape Clément (Compass): This wine is an inch wide and a mile deep. The color, the fruit...black and deep. However, it isn't showing any breadth at this stage, so its a little bit of a waste. Made in a soft, round, modern style, the nose is dominated by black fruit, semi-sweet chocolate and oak-driven roasted espresso. There's lots of pure, concentrated fruit there and a huge architecture framing it. It's more of the pieces of an excellent wine than a good wine now. Hopefully, time will tie it up into a great package because it does have potential.
Delightful but still a baby -- even with 2+ hrs of decanting the tannens were very strong and it had an almost drying astringency. The fruit underneath is very bright, with leather, and tobacco, a deep blueberry core and a bit of plum on the long, palate staining finish. Needs more time but will be lovely in another three to five years.
I was looking for that special bottle , and the first two just didn't quite cut it, I corked them for later in the week use. S this was bottle number three. Bulllseye! I have always has affection for Pape as it was my first 1961, stones on the palate and ethedral on the nose. it h The wine is starting to come together and I would put it above the 90 and the 96, cured sweet tobacco, gravel, black fruits, a bit tannic and would up, but great, creamy texture in the mouth, melted he 'graves chocolate" I loved it more after a day in frig, this really got creamy, open, and fragrant. I love this Pape, it is more suuulent and dexy then the 90 and has more creamy fruit then the 96. If you open you can decant for 2 hours and you will have a winner.
I'm amazed at how these Bdx 2000 remain open for business, maybe they'll never shut down? Right after popping from a cold cellar already a very expressive nose with black coffee, leather, pencil lead and black fruit. Sweet fruit on the palate, balanced perfectly by good acidity and sweet already well integrated tannins. Spicy aftertaste.
On the expressive nose black coffee, sappy black fruit, some liquorice and a hint of spice box and tobacco. Already well integrated on the palate, with mouth coating sweet fruit, sweet tannins, a hint of spice, black coffee, tobacco, ... Not at all over the top, but ripe for a Graves. Tasted straight after opening the bottle at 19 degrees Centigrade.
A great wine and still open for business, especially with about four hours of decanting. As so often with good wines, the last glass was the best of the evening. I found it complex, balanced, very enjoyable and easily 94+ points.
Since I just added to my stock of this beautiful wine, I gave myself the ok to check on this wine as I recently checked on the 00 Les Carmes Haut Brion and I wanted to have a look about 2 years after I had this wine upon release.
This wine is really evolving well and my re-purchase has been validated. Just a hint of age on the rim, medium depth of color as far as 2000 Bordeaux's are concerned. Captivating nose right out of bottle, with some garrigue, hints of sandelwood and incense, even patouli oil. A roasted character a la 90 is present in this wine, and it is reminiscent of the 90 at this stage of evolution ( I have had 2 cases of the 90). With aeration the Graves character of wet stones, graphite, minerals becomes more omnipresent. Very briary and chewy on the palate, with fine tannins nad bright red fruits coming thru, this was a treat to look at. This and the Les Carmes are both in the same league, solid efforts and this will really be singing with a few more years of age. Will give another bottle a look in 2-3 years, it isn't a crime to drink this now, but wait a while if you have less then a case.