Bright ruby in glass after standing bottle up overnight to settle lots of delicate sediment. Firm, nice Bordeaux. Red fruits emerge on palate after 60 minutes. Probably 1-2 years from peak maturity. Worth $25 retail, not $40.
very dark, still quite young colour, very good fresh fruit nose with concentration and class, good sweet fruit balancing inherent dryness on the palate with long finish, good wine, perhaps best to drink now and the next ca. 5 years when it still retains the fruitiness, not sure that the dryness may not dominate afterwards, good "young" Bordeaux dinner wine at the moment
Disappointing, given that this chateau is often cited for honest, classically-proportioned Bordeaux, and of course this particular bottle hails from a one-time 'vintage of the century,' before the proceeding decade made that quaint phrase into a 95+ point joke. (Of course, 2000 Bordeaux has since proved to be more of a minefield than a tide that raised all ships, but that's another discussion...) Honestly this wine is just totally dull now, neither ripe enough to please the flavor-chasers, nor severe enough to please classicists, nor indeed classic enough to draw a curled lip from the hipster wine bar crowd. It does make me wonder, given its (semi) pedigree, if there was a point at which this wine was "mature" without tasting dried-out and anemic, or if it just dawdled its way into senility without ever having achieved an "oh yes that's claret" moment of distinction. Regardless, I can think of a lot better ways to spend thirty bucks.
Great showing for this bottle. Beautiful aged bordeaux, fantastic value for the year, glad I have more. A pretty display of earthy mushroom, crushed black raspberry, leather, cinnamon, smoked meat, cracked black pepper, and a length which belies the smooth textured mouthfeel. Huge raisin and prune influence. I keep having to make adjustments to this note, because it keeps developing! Tastes like smoked ribs! So worth the money, it's ridiculous.
Medium deep ruby at core, lighter at edge. With some air, mostly smooth, medium bodied palate with a green/metallic note. Long decant brings out muted red fruits. Recommend drinking this with food over next 5-7 years.
Flavor of cassis, blackberry, plum and boysenberry and a slight green herbal note on the medium finish. Very soft palate with adequate acidity. Lacking some complexity and the purple fruits don't wow me. Still, a nice claret that is fully mature. Recommend drinking withing the next 12-18 months.
Peaking right now, to be sure. I'd even say it was over the hill. The 05 is showing much better right now, but I had to try the 00 for the quality. Not to say that there was anything wrong with this, the balance was great, the finish pleasant...but nothing standout with it. Consistantly a 89-90 every day of the week.
Much better than my last bottle. Smooth palate with dark fruits like blackberry and cassis, but worn around the sides and compote-like, while still showing very dark, the texture is soft and resolved, and there are dried herbal notes to the palate. Donald really likes this. Shows good balance, good class, but I’m just not that wowed. Solid B/B+ but not a stud. I read many notes that suggest that this is a $20 wine that drinks like something much more profound, but I have never ever agreed, and I've cellared and followed this wine since release. Sag Harbor guys' weekend.
A bit fruity compared to what I was looking for last night, decanted for about a hour before drinking, which based on the 2005, figured I needed to do. It grew in nose and flavor, but lacked some of the smokiness and wood that I wanted. Not a bad one for what cost me $35 retail, but would not pick over the 2005.
There are aspects to this Bordeaux that could probably trick people into thinking it is a 'finer' wine than its region, and Chateau, would suggest, thus making it a candidate for a ringer. I think often with Bordeaux, as with many CA wines, we wine geeks get blinded by the price, and if we know a wine is pricey, we automatically like it better than if it was less expensive. I wouldn't say this wine can pass for a First Growth, by any stretch, but certainly a higher end Bordeaux than its price would suggest. With a bit of air, even better.
Cedar and graphite. Kirsch, blackberry. Tobacco. Fig. Acidity is medium. Tannins are resolved and silky, dusty-ish. Nice. Not the most complex, but this does not suck. Found this continuing to develop in the glass over time nicely. This particular bottle was taken well care of over time, so probably benefiting from good provenance. Finish is medium to medium (+).
Wow. This was my 4th or 5th bottle of this and was massively different from the others. Bought from the chateau itself while visiting on holiday.Still deep, purple appearance. Pronounced nose of chocolate, oaky aromas, spice, cloves, High acidity dominates the palate with red fruit on the finish, full bodied. Long finish. My previous bottles have always placed this as a wine that is drinking at its peak now but based on this evdience there is a good 10-15 years to go. Amazing is the difference that providence makes.
There's a lot of dark fruit here with earth, smoke, and spice. The palate is concentrated with lots of dark cherry, cassis, and mocha. The tannins are pretty well resolved at this point, too. A decent Claret...maybe it needs more air, but at this point the flavors still seem very tense and adolescent.
Totally ripe and mature. Mature and slightly over ripe nose. Earthyness in the front, dried fruit and flowers in the middle and a pronounced tobacco back. Short finish. You can move score up by a notch or two, if you drink with dinner. Great for dinner parties, given the price and value. Will satisfy your bordeaux loving friends and intrigue your fruity friends.
Wanted to try one. A bit closed on the nose, leather, mulberry, some spice on the nose. Decanted for several hours. On taste, tannins still up front on the tongue although integrating nicely. Flavors of cassis, leather, dark red fruit, réglisse. Good balance and a longish mineral finish. Very nice if not overly complex. Still primary as other notes have pointed out.
Bought these on futures at the dearly departed Sam's for $13. First bottle I've had. Didn't know what to expect with some talk about minor '00's not doing so well so was surprised at how youthful this was. Splashed in a decanter for about 45 min. Still ruby and primary fruit. In a good place if you like them on the primary side, but I'll be hanging on for awhile before another. 1/3 bottle left for tonight.
Last tasted in November 2013, this time once again in Putney (Gazette restaurant), but with decent glasses and a proper decant. Last time 87, this time 89 - illustrating the difference treatment and glassware can make. Better in a couple of years but generous and satisfying if rather one dimensional
deep black-red colour, still quite young-looking even still with hints of purple, rich fruity nose, gained in complexity and finesse with 2+ hours in the decanter, lovely rich but dry fruit on the palate with concentration and breadth, excellent food wine, first bottle of a case and a very positive impression, drinking well now in its fruit phase but no rush, will still age gracefully over the next 5-10 years, very good QPR at original subscription price
Drank again last night after a little decanting. Still showing good earthiness, gained weight and fruit in glass over 45 minutes and faded with persistent dryness on back end with a very medium but "pretty" finish. This MAY have improvement ahead. Worth a revisit in in 6 to 12 months.
I liked it even more than last time and the price makes me like it even better :-)
Not bad for what it is. Good Example of Bordeaux for a newcomer without the expense for the first run. Ready to drink and most likely at peak, given the big earth backdrop and lack of fruit. Excellent food wine.
Earthy nose. Good thickness, good balance. Actually has a finish….Not bad!
I couldnt really be bothered by previous bottles but this one, after a gap of several years, shines as an example of classic, well made right bank Bordeaux. Everything is in place, and it is thoroughly enjoyable today. Amazing QPR. Some of the previous scores seem to me a bit OTT though.
This wine is such a joy especially considering the price. It is not a pop n pour wine though and required like 30 minutes in a decanter to open up like any old school claret. The nose is now in secondary domain with leather, mushrooms, earthy tones to complement the fruit. On the palate it feels older than a 2000 which makes the wine very approachable now. Silky round tannin, only but a few sharp edges. Lacks a bit of depth at times but this makes for very happy drinking at this stage, especially for those who like old school Bordeaux. 90 but a very good 90
In general all 2000.01s from this tier are performing very well. Sociando Mallet even better.
4 hr decant. Ruby bordering on purple. Youthful look. Nose had funk initially that blew of to reveal classic bordeaux nose with a lean towards mushrooms, earth and smoke. Palate was more smokiness and meat blending in with mushrooms and prunes. Good balance. Medium + length finish.
At Popeseye restaurant. Not decanted unfortunately and in unhelpful glasses yet enjoyable claret. Balanced and beginning to drink - neither complex nor long, but savoury and some richness. Netter in 3 years but unlikely to make 'old bones'
Mature, broad, herbal fruit. Not particularly exciting or energetic, but a fine, mellow Bordeaux. Decent but oaky finish. Not falling off a cliff, but certainly not going to get better from here. B-/C+
Decanted 1/2h. Garnet red, yellowish rim, 5. Initially the bouquet were not anything special other than correct Medoc like. However, after 2h it opened up and showed very fine stuff: ripe fruit, jasmin flowers, some coffee, vanilla, a little barnyard, really complex. The palate is elegant with enough tannins to hold it going for many years but not too much, elegant finish. Drink 2015-onwards.
I thought this is easily above 90. This is just about in its pop and pour window - you've got probably 7 years before this one is done. The wine was uncorked to a rather dark red stain - very herbal and earthy right out of the bottle. This was basically served as a pop and pour. The note on the wine's nose was dark, aged fruit. The first note on the palate of this bottle was earthy ripe fig and high cacao chocolate with a slightly bitter front. The wine then started to turn dry in the mid-palate, showing some very dark aged black cherry. Finish was dark, earthy, gritty, soil and sediment all mixed within this wonderfully aged Bordeaux. I am going to hold the other two back....if I can...for another 2-3 years at least.
Plummy, dark fruit, seems Merlot-based(?). Tannins are soft and the mouthfeel is soft. Good, but not especially compelling nor distinct. Opened at our family BBQ to celebrate the twins' 9th birthday and return home from camp.
Backyard Party (Fremont, CA): Medium violet color with minor bricking; vegetal on the nose, asparagus, some complex red fruits, slight roasted quality, some cinnamon, clove, integrates over time; palate is juicy black fruit, high acidity gives it the perception of being a little light bodied, on the simpler side; medium length finish. This is an interesting nose, kind of a simple palate, an interesting wine overall and worth trying but doesn't live up to the Grangere or Reignac tonight. 89-90
Dark crimson red with slight pinkish rim. This wine has an expressive nose, dark fruits, licorice, incense, stone and meat. Though notes on the palate does not back up the initial aromatic goodies, there's red cherry liquer, spice and faint dry leather. Tannins are prominent and appear to be rather dry, in the finish there's cherry, smoke and dried wood. The wine is not bad, but does not seem to be truly balanced, and at times rather strong sense of heat near the back end. Additional ageing may help.
Drank alongside the 2009 Lanessan. On opening this has an offensive dirty bathroom odor which made me worry that this bottle was flawed. This blows off after 30-60 minutes and became quite muted overall. A couple hours later this opens up into something quite nice, with some blackberry fruit but mostly secondary flavors coming into play, with leather, tobacco, and earthiness. Nice balance and the tannins have become very smooth in comparison to the 2009. Day 2 - still fresh and no sign of going over the hill - bodes well for a long life. Smooth and lovely, fairly light and elegant while having some deep dark flavor.
didnt decant and it was great right after uncorking. slight barnyard nose with hints of flint. Light red fruit (raspberries?) up front then chased by solid mineral, acidity and finished with tamed tannins
Ruby red with hints of orange. Nice nose of leather and hint of cassis. Balanced across the mid palate, secondary flavors of leather, mushroom and earth, balanced by currants and supple fruit. Neat long finish. Old school and good. I would drink now.
It was with pleasant surprise that I saw these on the shelf of Total wine last month; having only had the very tannic and shut 2005, I was eager to try this Chateau from both a very good and year and with a little age under its belt. Decanted 2 hrs. Very classic left bank aromas, cassis and damp earth of course, savory and both elegant. The palate has a nice round feel while being very light on its feet. I bet this was a bit of tannic bruiser when young, but today, the fruit seemed subtle but very comfortable in its left bank shoes. If there was any semblance of barrel, those day are long gone as this seems pretty integrated and at peak. I’m sure it will hold for many years to go. Very nice.
Second bottle of the night with brett. Not as bad as the first bottle (2000 Malescasse, which I poured down the drain) Only decanted an hour. Some cedar, tobacco and mint, but I could not get past the funk. Will see if better tomorrow.
I love this wine. Very simple, elegant and balanced. There may not be anything extraordinary to warrant a 95+ score, but regardless, I'd consider it one of my desert island wines. Can't wait to break into the 2009.
Elegant and smooth the tannins have developed well. Drinking well now and I believe it will keep going another 5 years (but dont hesitate drinking now, its beautiful). Black current and berries, slight bark smell and a hint of green pepper. Nice balance and complexity. Enjoyed
Decanted and poured. Dark red, rim beginning to turn orange, 5,5. Classic semi mature Medoc nose, pencil, cassis, elegant. Harmonious on the palate, plenty of fruit, fine tannins, elegant. Drink now - 2018. Really a surprise. Has opened up very fine showing all the fine stuff it is made of.
Decanted for 2.5 hours and it needed more time. Nose still had some dark cherry, dried leather, a bit of earthly funkness that blew off later. Extremely drinkable, tannins were very mild even with short decant time. Silky full mouth feel with a long finish. Enjoyed it and will try to find some more, great price point for a wine with some age on it.
Sehr schöner, klassischer Bordeaux. Weiches und elegant eingebundenes Tannin. Schöne Länge. Habe die Flasche über 3 Tage verteilt getrunken. Kaum Oxidation vorhanden. Dekantieren nicht unbedingt notwendig, da er absolut trinkreif ist. Der erste Schluck macht schon Spaß. Werde mir defintiv noch ein paar Flaschen aus diesem Jahrgang sichern.
Had in a vertical (2000. 2003. 2005. and 2009). Pale garnet. Showing nice development of secondary notes; leather, dried cherries, floral. Elegant in the mouth, smooth tannins, retaining good acidity but not overpowering. Silky mouthfeel.
Should be peaking now. Will continue to drink well for several years -- say to 2016.
Had the Lanessan and Lagune 2000 side by side. The Lagune was clearly the most classic Bordeaux with cedar, green pepper, black currants, while the Lanessan was more rustic and "Rhone-like" on the nose. With 4 hours of air, the Lanessan started to show a bit more elegant nose. The Lanessan had a nice long finish in good balance, but the Lagune was clearly the best wine with sweet attack, medium body, excellent balance and long finish.
Misplaced my notes but this was very good. As I remember...Cigar-box, cedar, and some nutmeg nose. Super fruit which continued through to a long finish. Actually think this will continue to improve for 3-5 years. I really enjoy Lanessan and a inexpensive treat to drink it from a vintage like 2000.
Well, the second try was better. Opened 3 hours ahead, and first bottle sip was not particularly pleasant, a bit tar-tannic and thin. Three hours later, fruit started to show, with some flint and leather. End of evening (and next day) still a nice pour. Old style bordeaux, not a fruit bomb, but subdued blackcurrants and cherries, but a nice finish. Good with food, and good quality-price.
Hazy notes from last night. Very nice wine, a little modern in style, but with excellent fruit, structure and acidity. Good concentration and ripeness as well, although the midpalate and length weren't outstanding. Definitely improved as the night went on, so this should last several years yet easy (A-).
Still on the young side and needs time to open up and assimilate the wood. The 2001 drinks much better now. Dark red in colour. Refined and elegant with a nice nose. Round with evident tannins on the palate , red fruits. Lacks complexity at this stage but really nice and a bargain for 16£ or so. 90 but wait 2-3 years or so.
Chateau Lanessan Vertical (55,95,96,00,01,03,05,08): Purple with some ruby swirls. Decanted four hours, it still needed more air/time. This was the WOTN. As it opens there is tobacco, sandalwood, funk and cassis. A wall of tannins. Complex yet still dense and tight layers. Lots of cassis. Great lush texture. Very sexy. Raspberries, cherries and cranberries on the palate. Long finish. I would suspect there is room for improvement as well. Glad I own some and might get some more.
Clear dark ruby in color. Clean, med intense nose of cassis, cedar, and some spice. Dry, med acidity, smooth tannin, med body, med intense of cassis, cedar, and spice. short finish. Seemed less complex than the 1999 we had just before it. I think the blend had less Cab than the 1999, or maybe it just needed more time in bottle. Wouldn't run out and buy another bottle.
A wonderful, still a bit young old school Bordeaux. This bottle was a leaker and we opened it in th interest of science. There was wine leaking out the top of the cork. Upon opening, the cork was not soaked through but rather was pretty solid. Poured out a glass. It smelled fine if a bit flat at first and continued to open up with time. A colleague had recently had a good bottle that was better on the second day so I had faith. It opened up over the next couple of hours revealing notes of cedar, cigar box, spices, red earth, mineral and red currant fruit. A fantastic bottle even in its poor condition and came from a solid source at a great price.
Saw the bleeding on the cork and feared this one was tainted. Sadly I was correct which is really too bad as despite the misfortune what was left led me to believe there was once a really nice package here…
Pretty closed upon opening but opened up significantly within 3-4 hours. Plum, mint and sweet black fruit aromas with hints of spice and cedar box on the nose. On the palate a burst of initial fruit sweetness which leads into savoury earthy notes. Not big but medium bodied with elegant texture, supple tannins, good balance and a long finish. Drinking splendidly at this point.
At Pearl restaurant in Dublin, pre-Board dinner. €74 off list. No formal note. Relatively youthful nose, pure blackcurrant fruit, notes of gravelly mineral. Medium/full bodied on the palate, attractive pure blackcurrant fruit, minerals, good intensity, fine and well integrated tannins, lovely vibrant acidity on the good length finish showing just a hint of meatiness and savour. Excellent and absolutely no hurry.
Color was a nice rusty red with a beautiful aromas of ceder box, dark cherry and a bit of mineral. Drank over a period of 3 hours. The only thing that was no good was the finish had a bit of metallic tinge to it, almost like I poured it over a penny... Over all not bad.
Good color. Took a little time to open, but when it did it revealed fine, fragrant fruit in a feminine format. Nice cedary fruit aromas. Gentle yet full on the palate, plump and flavoury. Very precise wine with excellent balance of fruit, acid and tannin. Fine finish. This was a steal at $12.99. 5-12-17-8: 92/100.
No formal notes. I was a little surprised to see the high scores here. Just a standard Bordeaux of good Cru Bourgeois level. No extreme complexity. I remember mainly red berries and just a little cassis. Early maturity with definitely a future of 3 - 4+ years.
Decanted and poured: Red and still with reddish rim, 5. Initially very reserved but after 1½h it opened up showing classic Haut-Medoc nose with pencil, cedar, violets. Good sound fruit. Very balanced taste, some tannins and the fruit again. Fine finish. Drink now - 2016.
Decanted for 30 minutes. Nose: green pepper, wet rock, cayenne pepper, black pepper. Palate was very vegetal with some rock and a little musty wet earth. Opened up tremendously while on table and went very very well with filet mignon. No the greatest bordeaux that I have ever had but for the price---very, very good. QPR wise would give 92-93.
Good dark color. Very herbal & almost medicinal on the nose but there is massive black cherry, black currant, tobacco & sweet green herbs lurking offstage. A lovely nose & what makes Bordeaux so special. Light attack of massive plum with a pruney tinge flowing into dusty, chalky, gripping tannins. Drink up. I'm worried about the lasting power of the fruit, unless your a fan of prunes.
The last bottle of my half case and showed the best of all. Distinct Bordeaux style and gets a little higher on the rating considering its QPR. Somewhere between red and black fruit. Still OK for a few years but not many.
Saturdays at One - Volume 32: Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of cappuccino, black berries and plums. Flavors of bright berries and tangy cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium tannins, medium body. Drink with air or continue to hold.
Decanted and enjoyed immediately. Dark red, emerging yellow rim, 5½. Archetypical Haut-Medoc nose, pencil, cedar, herbal, balanced tannins and fine balance. Drink now - 2020. Very good right now. Seems to be in perfect balance and evolvolving very well.
Very good, if unremarkable, left banker in (early) middle age. Drak fruit and herbs, but not much in the way of clay/earth notes. Days 2 and 3 were better than Day 1, consistent with the view that this wine has many ears of life left (which would be typical for this maker).
Just after opening the nose showed wet iron, blue berry compote and Merlot typicity, but no cedar, blackcurrant, or other typical left bank elements. This is strange since there is only 30% Merlot in the blend, but is probably due to the vintage, almost sur mature grapes in the nose. After 2-3 hours it becomes a bit more classic with more definition to the nose including herbs and cassis. The palate is quite balanced. It drinks well, but will hold up for many more years. I recently had a 1983 (!) and it was still alive and kicking in spite of the less than perfect year. Lanessan has always been known for longevity.
Decanted about an hour before drinking. Color is still quite primary. On first taste, the wine was quite disjointed, but with swirling and more air, it pulled itself together. It was tasty, but somewhat lacking in structure. Finish lacking. Enjoyable, but I see no reason to keep these around. I will move the rest of the bottles into a que for drinking sooner rather than later.
Well the first one was corked, but this one was fine. Just starting to enter its drinking window. Best left in the cellar for a few more years. Nice fruit and softening, but not soft, tannins. Best with 3 hours in a decanter.
2000 Bordeaux _ A chance to check in on them (Vic's): Impressive showing. I know that historically, these need time, but this was very good. Sure, it was tight, but it seems to have great sturcture and stuffing. It kept improving all night long. If you have a bunch, I would decant a few hours. Its worth trying now. Still years from peaking. Lots of cassis, plums and some raspberries.
Nice showing; perhaps my best bottle yet. Pencil lead, tobacco frames tart cherry fruit that turns to bitter chocolate cherry with time. Dry, chewy finish that floats softly on the palate. A pleasure. What a great buy this was at $17.
Dark red with red rim, 5½. Surprisingly closed nose for a nine years old claret, opened somewhat after 2h showing classic pencil and cedar notes. Very good structure in the mouth, fruit that is kept in place by the tannin, fine finish. Drink 2012-2020 Fine example of an old style claret. Higher score is expected when it matures.
Opened and decanted about 1 to 2 hours before serving. Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of dirt, a bit of thistle and a mix of dark fruits. Flavors of cherries and berries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium body. Drink now with a decant or continue to hold.
Reticent, sulky, really not wanting to play from this bottle. I followed this for 2 nights. On the first night this was barely giving anything, a textbook example of a closed wine. There was nice structure but little pleasure to be had. After a night in the bottle, the remainder was much more pleasurable. Rich, dark fruit, still quite tannic, with present acidity. I think this wants a few years to come around
This is a great value bordeaux that is maturing very well. Still a few years ahead of it - this is deep coloured, nose of damp earth, spices, nice fruit. In the mouth excellent balance of medium bodied fruit, elegant, fine tannins wiith a dusting of bitter chocolate. This really is an excellent wine for the price. Had the 1996 last week and that was fully resolved - this still has probably 3-5 years left in it. Overall excellent.
Popped and poured. A beauty that is very classic bordeaux. Leather, cedar and dark fruit (did not detect plum like some others). Very old worldy and pure, smooth and restrained. Did not last longer than 1 hour, but I bet a decant would bring a little more fruit out of hiding. Paired well with short ribs and gruerere(sp) potatoes.
Nat cork. A dull red with dark core. Nose of plum, earth, touch of cedar and a hint of menthol or licorice. Full bodied, not a ton of fruit remaining, whats there is dark, a bit sour. Picks up a graphite and even peaty note. Plenty of mouthfeel and finish, still alive and fresh and while it will liekly hang on a bit dont think its gonna improve much. Pretty well-balanced. Enjoyable and fairly classic bordeaux.
This is coming into its sweet spot. The wine had some funk on the nose. As it opened the dark fruit emerged and the secondary notes were in the background. Smooth tannins on the finish. Coffee notes. Very enjoyable.
Unmistakably Bordeaux, with graphite and sour cherry on the entry, some tangy tannins next, then nice dark fruit flavors on a medium frame and finish. Very nice for the $16 I paid and paired very nicely with lamb chops. I would guess a year or two away from its peak as the tannins could still use a little softening.
Very little evolution in color, but the taste is gradually becoming more supple. Earth, olives and red fruit on the nose. Still a touch astringent, but creamy tart cherry notes on palate offer good richness. Wish I had bought more.
Very dark purple, inky but deceptive. You're expecting some depth, but this is medium bodied, on the thinner side of medium. Nose is reticent and tight at first, giving up olive, licorice, cassis and a floral/herby hint. Opens up with time in decanter, but still rather tight. Fruit here seems to be fading, or hidden behind the wall of tannin. The tannins arent harsh, but they do have some bite and are diminishing the fruit here. Finish is clipped. Overall, good Bordeaux and if you bought it for $12, quite a bargain.
Varietally correct and pleasant Bordeaux. Clear and dark, some fruit on the nose. Dark fruit on the palate with a bit of minerality and pencil lead. Medium finish with soft tannins. Needs a year or two more in the bottle. Good value for the sticker price.
Color is dark garnet. On the nose, cedar and dark fruit predominate. Palate reveals dark fruit (with an acidic edge), earth, and tobacco. Still quite tannic and closed at this point, but a decent wine for the price.
Overindulgence after the Madeira (Seattle, WA): Big notes of olive. Wow, rich, rich, rich Cabernet, almost Aussie intensity on the nose. This is some herbal stuff, oily, olive, green. For a lot of people this might sound like an off-putting description, but for me this was a big, young, saturated glass of Bordeaux that certainly was able to break through the haze of the 20+ wines we had just consumed.
Med dark red purple color, nice nose showing both red and dark fruit with some mineral and earth, palate is fruit forward showing sour cherry, cassis and a bit of pepper,not real complex, tannins seem to be pretty well integrated, wine is ballanced and drinking well, enjoyable wine but lacking a bit on the X factor, 88+
Dinner with QPR 2000 Bordeaux: Decanted approximately five hours before serving with braised meat and vegetables. The color is a dark red with purple hues. Opaque with a slight lightening at the rim. Very youthful. On the nose this gives an elegant dried tobacco with red fruit. Very intense. On the palate this gives mineral and sweet black fruit liquor. Great mouth feel -- very smooth and elegant. The tannins are very prominent on the finish, but the finish is still very nice. Decanting really helped fill this wine in, as the initial taste immediately after opening was not nearly this good.
Bordeaux 2000/2001 (Casa do Porto - SP): 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. - 18 a 30 meses em barricas de carvalho francês. Ruby escuro, limpido. Aromas amarrados, aonde se percebem torrefação e cedro. Na boca marca a madeira, café, alcaçuz e cassis. Percebe-se a falta fruta. Medio corpo, media acidez e bons taninos com media persistencia. Tudo médio, mas não deixa de ser um bom vinho.
Rich berry and leather on the nose right out of the bottle. Flavors are black cherry, blackberry & tobacco. Medium body with great balance and slick texture. Tannins are fairly stout and shut down the finish. I will wait on this for another year or two but it is nice now.
Dark purple in color; Initially shy on the nose but improved with cassis, toasty oak and pencil lead aromas after decanting and over the course of the meal. In the middle there was more cassis and earthy flavors. It had a 30 second finish of spice and cassis and was barely into secondary flavors and aromas. In all a solid Bordeaux in a bit of a rustic style. It will probably improve over the next few years. Not as complex as the Bordeaux big names but superbly priced on release at ~$18.
A solid performing Bordeaux. Beautiful nose reminicent of a first class St Julien. Earthy dark fruit. The palate is balanced but simple in a way. Not much layering. Very good finish. Still with good tannin present. A solid great drinking wine.
Very fresh on the nose, but some herbal notes also present. Green bell pepper perhaps? Seems a bit thin and tannic, with a hollow mid palate. Opened up some over the few hours we drank it. A little cassis flavor, but still seems dominated by the herbal nose and tannins. I'll wait another year or two before drinking my next one. Perhaps more of the tannins will drop out and the fruit emerge.
This is the second time I've opened one of these within a month. It's just a truly reliable text-book claret. If you love Bordeaux, you're safe with the 2000 Lanessan. Terrific open nose of cassis, red fruit and herbs. Still a bit tannic, yet drinking nicely at the moment. This is an intense, flavorful and classic wine. I can only hope that the 2003 which is arriving 3 days from now, is as good as this. Magnificent QPR!
dark juice, still tightly wound with lots of tannin that smoothed out a bit with some decanting. cedar, olives, tobacco and earth are the main show. not much fruit to speak of, but dried flowers/herbs? for a 2000 bdx it is still a nice QPR. not a long finish, overall a much more shy wine then i thought it might be.
This was much more restrained compared to my last bottle from about six months ago. Perhaps it's closed down a bit? Decanted for 90minutes and it was really not giving off much initially. Real faint nose of earth and cedar, but not much fruit on the palate. However, still smooth and rather meaty in the mouth so it's very drinkable. After about 3 hours the nose comes on stronger and the dark fruits begin to emerge. Nice finish.
Decanted for 60 minutes. This one has to be corked. Interesting that, like for Tom E, the cork broke on me when being removed. No wet cardboard, but on the nose, there is a mild acetone aroma. On the palate, tart, non-descript black fruit. This one is now drain cleaner.... Too bad...I was hoping to find a QPR when I picked it up last week, but as this was my first bottle, I'm now gun-shy.
Still deep ruby / purplish at the rim. Nice somewhat reserved nose of cedar, graphite, tobacco, olive. Palate now dominated by cassis and earth. Relatively short finish with noticible tannins, but not at all out of balance with the wine. Overall-good. I like this wine a fair bit, but am by no means blown away. If people are looking for something profound this is not it. It is a fantastic cheapie though.
First one of these I opened was corked (and the cork broke in half when I pulled it). I was fearful about this one as well, as upon opening, the fruit was extremely muted and there was a faint hint of telltale wet cardboard. This blew off after about 1/2 hour, and the wine began to develop some taste. Still, not being the most sensitive to TCA, I wonder whether this one was corked as well. If not, a bit disappointing after reading some of the comments on the Parker BB.
No formal note here, but: this is young and needs time. It was good tonight, but I'm somewhat dissapointed that I didn't save it. Thankfully I have more. Nonetheless, after a couple of hours it started to show some complex aromas including typcial bordeaux stuff life graphite and cassis, but other 2ndry aromas. Dark fruit present, but it didn't wow me. I will wait until 2007 to open this again.
I heard all the hype on this wine, so I had to pick up a few bottles. Due to the joys of the three tier system, I had to pay $24.49 in Washington (it sold for $14.99 at Wine Club in California). The nose of this wine screams lead pencil and cassis. There is a hint of char. The palate shows lots of forward fruit. I find blackberries, bananas, and some minerality. The finish does show some tannins (the only ones I could find). I continue to believe that a 88 point Bordeaux is far better than an 88 point wine from any wine region.
After all the raves here I gathered about a case of these and finally popped one last night. Decanted for 90 minutes before first glass. Initally, the nose gives up slight notes of dark fruit and cedar. Once in the glass the wine really begins to unfold and cedar, smoke and cassis emerge. On the palate there is tobacco, earth and currants with a supple, smooth palate . This only got better and at three plus hours the aromas were really singing. What a great buy at $15. About 1/4 bottle left to sample tonight. Thanks again to the squires board for this one.
Nose of pure cassis, all spice and mint. the palate is masculine, structured cabernet. black fruits, gravely minerals, distinct green olive and belle pepper in all the right ways. for the price or not i loved this wine. such a great find thank you Victor Hong. If you are a left bank fiend as i am, you cannot get a truer expression for this price.
Folks, you've just got to be happy with this wine (if you own it or can get it). I think you should be even happier that Parker did not score it in the 90s (the price, I'm sure, would be higher). Just a great QPR wine. Classic Bdx. on the nose and palate. Cassis, red fruits, mineral earth and some dried herbs. Enough tannin to assure healthy cellaring for quite awhile yet. I was inspired to open this on what would have been the late Harry Waugh's 100th birthday. In reading some writing of his published in 1972, I was struck by his praise of this estate in terms of quality and value. It is pleasing to know some things remain constant!
Consumed at home with tri-tip. Bright disc. Deep purple robe with purple rim. Clean nose, opening over 45 minutes to show moderately intense aromas of cassis, tar, damp earth and black plum. Medium-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium sweet tannins and a supple mouuth texture. The flavors mirror the nose. Medium, smooth finish. Very enjoyable. This wine should improve with some short-term cellaring.