Improved with 30 minutes of air. Nice rich ruby color, some subtle lightening of the edges. Really interesting profile with this wine. Had the typical Pessac elements, with really dark fruits, some smokiness, soil, herbs, and fresh minerals. Also had lots of coffee and floral notes, reminiscent of a Margaux at times. Medium-bodied, with very fine tannins. Medium acidity. There is enough fruit to keep this going for awhile longer, but perhaps the structure won't provide serious longevity. For now, this is a fairly elegant wine that seems well-balanced at this point. At least a few years left at this nice stage.
Nope, don't care for this. Best when first opened and downhill from there. Some nice earthy fruit, but dull, lacking freshness, and some wood and vege notes I don't like. No length, no depth, and not much of a finish. Drinkable, but no charm. Didn't care for the 2001 either.
Good stuff. Nose had a little green pepper and graphite up front. Then the fruit breaks out, followed by chocolate and smoke. The palate starts with bright fruit, a little tartness (although not normal for a Bordeaux it was in check and balanced well with rest of wine), and finishes with smooth, even tannin backbone. Hard to put the glass down.
wonderfully vibrant and fresh. Needed a little breathing, but then opened up into a lush wine with outstanding fruit; some tobacco and leather notes. Very smooth and full bodied despite the low alcohol (12.5%) content. Something I wish other chateaux could emulate. I confess I never heard of this wine before but this was a terrific bottle.
Thursday Wine Night - Free Style (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Poured through Vinturi into decanter and aired for 15mins. Sediments in the filter. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of oak, coffee, leather, tobacco. On the palate, medium acidity, with big but approachable tannins, full body and long finish. Flavours of herbaceous greens, blackcurrant, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco. Definitely Cabernet Sauvignon dominant to me. I guessed a 10 year old+ Left Bank Bordeaux. Drinking fine now, but maybe another 3-5 years could be even more complex.
short decant.nice beautiful earthy,toast n spicy nose.palate:slightly soft wine but stil some grippyness(structure).some coffee,tobacco,leather,toast,floral.it has decent complexity n intensity.as for acidity,it cn b better.show some balance witj some plummy finishing here.stil hve slight room for improvement i tink.it shud b very well drinking in 5 yrs time.tings cn b better here is the structure,depth n a little more fruits.a slightly above average wine but definitely nt a wow wine.if u looking for someting well drinking mature wine,tis the bttl.
Lovely nose of dried flowers, dark fruit and wet bark. Silky texture right out of the bottle (no decant), deep, long, impeccably balanced. Ripe but restrained. Classy, and a pure pleasure. Drinking great right now.
Double decanted and their seemed to be a good amount of sediment in the bottle. It had been over a week without wine, so the nose and palate were primed for this bottle. Lovely scent of smokey red fruits with dark plums, violets and oak spices coming off the glass. deep and dark, opaque with clearing brackishness towards the rim. Tannins and oak have completely integrated. Pleasant mouthfeel that coats and yet has the perky acid to keep this older wine fresh. A testament to this vintage. Leather and tobacco are the more prominent tertiary aromas and flavors along with that smoky rubber reminiscent of a drag strip, without the petrol. Great wine from a producer thats just not on everybody's radar. A steal when you look at the prices of Pessac today. Only thing close is Le Thil Clary Rouge.
Nice nose and fruit with tar, earth and no tannins. The wine quickly deteriorates and after several hours the appealing flavors disappear and the second day after vacuum cork, the wine is muted. Would recommend as an everyday wine and PNP only.
Still pretty dark purple color, getting slightly lighter towards the rim into ruby. Beautiful nose of dark chocolate, coffee, some cassis/black currant and some earth. The nose is opening up a little while it sits in the glass. On the palate there are great notes of dark berries, black currant, dark chocolate and some flowery/herbal kind of thing as well as graphite/lead pencil. Full-bodied and dense with still medium acidity providing freshness and medium+ tannin that is slightly drying but not green. Very good length. An excellent silky Bordeaux that is just at the beginning of the drinking window and provides a lot of pleasure at a modest price tag. Don't be misled by the slightly modern style, it's ageing beautifullly and provides the classic Péssac-Léognan flavor profile. I went through approx. 6 bottles over the last 3 years and they all showed identically great.
This opaque garnet wine was tasted in double-blind fashion with our Friday tasting group. The bottle was kindly provided by J.P. The nose is advanced and complex, flaunting a bouquet of pipe tobacco, saddle leather, plum, cardamom and earth. Full-bodied and with low-to-medium acidity, its tannins have melted at this point. The flavors mirror the nose. The wine's alcohol (listed as 12.5%) is seamless and the middle palate is solid. It concludes with a medium length, tart finish. This well-cellared bottle is clearly fully mature (I guessed that it was a 1988 left bank Bordeaux). It should stay on plateau for a few more years but I wouldn't expect it to improve, as the tannins are gone and the fruit is giving way to the other flavors. Drink now-2018.
Expressive of tobacco, chocolate, and excellent balanced fruit. Good tannic structure suggesting a little longer life expectancy. Dinner at Pranzo Ft Walton Bch veal marsala and was an excellent pairing. So no more copius notes. Not a great price point but a good wine nonetheless
Short 30 min decant. A fairly strong whiff of oak as I pull the perfect, barely stained cork. Dark garnet but with a light, almost transparent rim. Generous dark fruit, still a surprising amount of oak, some coffee. Nice but fairly simple with little Bordeaux typicity. Unexpectedly seems to deteriorate with longer decanting time. While the attack remains fairly juicy, the fruit on the mid-palate starts to look a bit thin. Fine but drying tannins and some plain wood look through and carry into the rather short finish. If this was a representative bottle then I would say drink up, and think that Parker is for once a fair bit off the mark on this. 89-90
I found this bottle off the mark. Nose promising as well as the first impression in the mouth, but the mid palate felt flat and the finish derailed into an unfocussed sourness that hid the fruit. Perhaps a bad bottle, but did not hit the mark like other 2000s.
Decanted for four hours. Pleasant, but heavy, tar and char on the nose and palate. Very similar to Smith Haut Lafitte in flavor and style. Deep black fruit and smooth tannins. New world style Graves for sure, primary and drinking well, but was great with a steak. Plenty of fruit but maybe a little low in acid for the long haul. That said, for me, this wine is just entering its drinking window. If I had one bottle, I wouldn't think about drinking it for five years.
Popped and poured at cellar temperature. Dark color, but not showing any fruit on the nose or palate and a bit astringent on the finish. Over the course of an hour, it never really opened like my last note, so I am assuming it just needed air and it is not loosing its fruit. NR
This was the first of my 2000s and sadly the only 2000 Haut Bergey in my cellar. Hopefully the 2005 HB is just as good as this 2000 was fantastic. Gorgeous brick red yet still deep with lots of fruit on the nose and a good showing of fruit in the wine. The tannins are integrated and this wine is fully drinkable now. A great balanced wine
Popped and left open for an hour in the kitchen and then poured to accompany boeuf bourguignon and mash.
Now seems very different from my first tasting note of Oct'12. Most of all don't recall such forward fruit (or heap of sediment). Alive now, restrained then. Smooth and balanced but at a higher level this time.
Much less obviously Cabernet Sauvignon and old Europe on the tongue, this seemed youthful, less evolved and more of a straightforward pleasure. I might say less intellectual if I was being more pretentious.
Fruit still reigns in this wine, but the tannins have mellowed somewhat. I was hoping for a bit more complexity at the 12 year mark, and I'm not sure this wine will evolve much. But it's a straight forward tasty wine, and i think it's drinking well right now, and will stay so for the next few years.
Fully mature, with a smoke, coffee, vanilla, earth, tobacco and black cherry scented nose, the wine is soft, round and open for business. The only drawback is, the amount of oak, some tasters will not like that and the finish is a tad short. On the other hand, the texture and ripe fruit more than offset those other issues. This is probably drinking about as well as it's going to get, as it does not seem to have moved over the past few years. There is no hurry to drink it. It should remain at this level for at least another decade.
Dark purple color; immediate bouquet of violet and cassis; touches of walnut, vanilla and caramel; soft tannins, lovely mouth feel; after 30 minutes, tropical fruit/pineapple emerges, along with cocoa-covered truffle. Excellent.
Purchased upon release and stored in a temperature controlled wine unit. Decanted an hour ahead of service. Great ruby color with no signs of browning. The nose is a bit of leather and cedar. The palate is fabulous, with the tannins and acid melded together nicely. The flavors are primarily cassis and black fruits. Very easy to drink right now. This is a medium weight Bordeaux that probably won't develop any further, but is showing no signs of decline at all. This should stay in its current state for at least five years, and then last another 5-10 after that. An excellent wine!
This sat for an hour in the decanter, and what emerged was not immediately classifiable as bordeaux. This had a new world, fragrant nose with dark fruits, blood, iron and funk. The palate was more traditional with medium body and acidity, more dark fruits, tobacco, cedar, and toast. The tannins were mostly resolved, and this tasted fully mature. While there is no need to hold these any further, I don't think this will drop off a cliff anytime soon. Excellent.
From memory: Dark purple with no signs of bricking. Lovely perfumed nose – lots of dark plums, blueberries and blackcurrants. Less of the usual graphite, cedar and ash notes, but still enough to remind you that this is aged Bordeaux. Rich and velvety with plenty of sweet fruit. Good length. Well resolved tannins, but sufficient structure to match the wines ripeness. Drinking perfectly at the moment, but will certainly keep for another four to five years. A very pleasant surprise indeed!
- Garnet color with fast forming legs and aromas of blackberry, black currant and violet. It's in total harmony and has flavours of blackberry, black currant and eucalyptus with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - Rosh Hashanoh @ geri and Roy Liemer's
Chocolate, cherry pipe tobacco, smoke, leaves, herbs, fennel and a light kiss of oak pair with a medium bodied Pessac Leognan wine that ends in a black cherry, bitter chocolate and tart strawberry finish. This is probably as good as this wine is going to get.
WOW, with all the different notes that seem to be all over the map, I would have to guess that a lot of people have been drinking from bottles that have not been cellared correctly. This wine was not made for the long haul like most high end bordeaux. The tannins are well integrated now and it is drinking perfectly. Rich, fairly fragrant dark berry and cigar box on the nose. The wine is more elegant than powerful. But it is full bodied with flavors of dark fruit, cedar, hint of mocha and tobacco. Someone flaming on Robert Parker obviously has a different palate. He wouldn't like Pride Mountain or Anderson's Conn Valley ELOGE either. I love this style and purchased it because I have found that I like more potent less fruit forward wines. Unlike Steven Tanzer who seems to like more elegant wines with finesse on the tongue. Maybe mr. Parker hater should stick to commenting on the style he enjoys and leave the personal attacks out of it.
Flat out terrific Bordeaux. Good ripeness, but great balance and layers of flavor. Beginning to go secondary, yet still fresh. This may get more interesting with time, but it is a very fun drink today. (94)
Decanted for about 4 hours prior to tasting. Fruit and a hint of cigar box on the nose. Tannins at the finish were clealy there, but by no means over-abundant. This is certainly drinkable right now, but it seems to be missing the secondary characteristics that more time might bring. Still, quite recognizably Bordeaux
EWG Celebrates Y2K (Conrad Green's Abode): Tight nose with notes of ripe fruit and meat. Cedary redwood and meat on the palate. There is tartness and nice expression on the finish yet it seemed to lack some acid which made it feel soft.
Dark color. Great nose of earth and leather. On palate this is nice and rich, with a smooth finish and more integrated tannins than I expected. I think it can hold, but not sure as I expected more structure. Very good wine that has a lot of Bordeaux to it but clearly shows a ripe side. A-
2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Parts I & II; 7/1/2010-7/6/2010: Curious to try this Graves, as more recent vintages of this estate have left me a bit cold… Starts off quite Rhone-like in aroma, with some meaty hints in its sweet candied bouquet. Soon, some distinct notes of cinder and black cherry liqueur join the olfactory party. Comes across as a bit light at first, but gains some oomph with air, becoming medium-bodied with a sweet-sour cherry palate. Flirts with modern, with some slick tannins, but fortunately the oak isn’t excessive (as I’ve found in younger vintages). FWIW, a wino friend who is quite skeptical of Bordeaux, usually calling it “too funky, earthy, not enough fruit, foursquare texture”, was quite positive about this. I liked rather than loved it. Drinking well now.
Soft, slightly funky, old cedar chest, cherry, dirty earth, some minerality. Medium body and pretty restrained tannins. Enjoyable but a bit underwhelming, this showed some promise of evolution in the glass but never really went anywhere.
This is a Jekyll and Hyde wine. The problem is, there is no way to tell who is going to show up, the good doctor, or his alter ego Mr. Hyde. The perfume shows oak, licorice, smoke, coffee, black fruit and hints of vanilla. Full bodied and round in the mouth, with good concentration. The wine ends with some oak and sweet dark cherries. At 10 years of age, this is showing too much oak. Other bottles have displayedless oak while delivering more fruit and freshness. But last night, Dr. Jekyll stayed home, while Mr. Hyde came to dinner and watched the Lakers take down the Celtics!
I'm much happier with this wine a couple years later. Balanced with nice flavors. The fruit, acid and tannins all come together well for a sensation of elegance more than intensity. Touch of cedar/leather instead of too-much juicy fruit, which is very nice.
Was a bit cautious with the hype this wine has received. Well, it is deserved. A lovely wine that has entered prime drinking. Minerals, full fruit and balance that really works. Should be good for a long time. (92+)
Bouquet? NO! Fruit? NO. Decanted for 2-1/2 hours in am. Might have been a touch better then, and may have closed up when rebottled. Acidity indicates it may evolve i n time. BUT NOT NOW. Another RP Overhype, and anyone who thinks differently is just a slave to his royal highness. Poured out the unfinished half.
Sunday Dinner (Jeff McHugh's condo): Decanted 4 hours. Lovely nose of earth, gravel and raspberry fruit, following to the palate. A nice Bordeaux, but not what I expected from a 2000 Bordeaux. Last night's 2000 Margeaux was a disappointment, so this was much better than that, but still not what I've come to expect from the 2000 Bordeaux vintage.
12.5% alcohol. Decanted. Red/purple color to the rim of the glass. Really funky nose initially. It kind of had this acrid, acidic smell that evolved into something like black fruit with a cheese rind note. In the mouth, much more pleasant, although still quite closed up. Black fruit, a touch of graphite, some cedar. Plenty of acidity and generally a nicely balanced wine, with hints of herbs and earth. Finish exercises some still pretty solid tannins. Might be closed up. Not giving a ton right now. B
This blind tasting included '95 Muga Reserva, '00 Grand Puy Lacoste, '00 Haut Bergey, and '00 Leoville Poyferre.
Very dark purple color, definitely showing some extraction. My first whiff was dead fish/sulfur/chemical. That blew off pretty quickly and I settled on iodine and toast. Watery attack but broad palate... I didn't love this wine at this stage. It might mellow but it seemed too manufactured.
Cherry, currant, vanilla with lots of flavor and intensity with a tart-acid edge. Tannins are probably hiding under all that fruit. This was like a more intense version of the H-B 2001, which also showed a tart, cranberry edge, but with a harsher edge. Not that I'm an expert, but I can't believe this wine is within five years of being ready. I disliked all the vanilla-cherry-tartness, and hope that this will mellow and turn into something age-worthy. Where is the cedar and elegance? This tastes more like a Rioja than a Bdx.
Double decanted for 3 hours before drinking. I will second previous notes as far as the aromas of scrocher earth and smoke. Deeply concentrated and intense nose of cassis, smoke, and earth. This is a wild beast of a bordeaux. A little lacking on te finish at this point but this is still a young pup. Drinking well decanted, this wil no doubt smooth and round out with some age.
First time having this wine since some CellarTrackers seem to have found it drinking enjoyably at the moment. Closed for business from our cellar. 1.5 hour decant and several hours open at the table. This will be outstanding with time. I probably won't revisit it until 2012 or so. Not rated.
Stunning bottle of wine. Open and ready for business now, but should easily hold another ten years or so. I don't see any reason to wait though. Complex, classic Graves nose. Seamless on the palate. Long, building finish. Great earthy/smoky/mineral character. One of the first descriptors that came to my mind when I tasted it was "scorched earth," so I had to laugh when I saw the same phrase in Parker's tasting note. I wish I had cases of this wine, especially at what it cost on release.
My nephew ATBridge and I tried a bottle last night to see how this was doing. We agreed it was doing very well. We decanted and drank 2/3 of the bottle for an hour. I will try the rest of the bottle today. We noticed the beautiful, dark, clear purple color immediately. With minimal airing, the nose and palate were medium but pleasant in the beginning. Sweet tannins still noticable but largely resolved. At first nose was earth, minerals, smoke and plums, and palate was minerals, graphite, figs, plums, cinnamon and baking spices. As the wine aired, sweet fruits predominated, and the palate and nose revealed more cassis, licorice and tobacco. The finish was long and minerally, almost like a white Burgundy. This wine is still young but fairly complex and enjoyable now. It would benefit from at least two hours in the decanter before drinking. A tribute to the 2000 vintage!
The following day the wine was bigger, which indicated we were right about it needing more air. We will try another bottle in two or three years!
Very dark, almost opaque purple color. The nose was shy and of only modest intensity. Nevertheless, the nose revealed rather complex, ripe aromas of plums, currants, roasted herbs, smoke and a hint of tar. Some roasted espresso notes intermixed with some vanilla also made an appearance with airing.
On the palate, the wine was medium bodied with the tannins reaching the front of the mouth. Seems a bit compressed and closed at the moment. However, the finish is quite long and intense, although not as impressive as expected based on the enthusiastic Parker rating. The tannins are sweet and ripe but drying, at least for the moment. An elegant wine nonetheless, with a good furture ahead, I guess. Although drinkable, I would wait at least 5 years before opening another bottle. Drink 2008-2015
Anything Goes at Café Italia: Blind Red 2 - Deeply colored with a sightly grapey nose. A bit funky with coffee and _mocha nuances. Plush, a bit monolithic, a bit hollow. Not much structure or intensity. After my first lesson, I was guessing Italian Merlot - may be a Cotarella wine. Nope.