Westchester Wine School - Premium Bordeaux Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS season-ending tasting, and I supplied this bottle. Decanted for 2 hrs prior to drinking, & there was a bit of sediment. Dark purplish in glass, no overt signs of age in the glass. Fairly generous nose showing a bit of barnyard funk at first, but that blew off leaving some fruit, coffee and notes of cedar. Medium bodied, still very good fruit level with fairly vibrant acidity. Good amounts of cigar box, tobacco, barnyard and earth. Drank opposite a wonderful 1998 Monbousquet which overshadowed this wine somewhat, but this is definitely a very nice wine, if not particularly complext or thought-provoking, that is still drinking quite well.
PnP w/30 min decant. Minor sediments. Beautiful purple color no hint of brown edge/bricking. Some funk upon opening. Fully mature w/usual traits of an older wine. Must, tobacco, tar, slight cork, wet forest/paper, leather, dark but still decent fruit. Held up well considering. Nothing off. Good example of aged Claret. $36
Dark, with minor discoloration , if any. Pretty berry, mild vanilla and light cedar. Quite elegant, but in a somewhat new world way (oak?). medium-full bodied, with good length. Silky finish. At peak, but likely to hold fine for 5-10 at this state
Opened by VM. Deep inky crimson core. Notes of roasted bell pepper, dark fruit, herbs and barnyard. Medium-bodied and nicely integrated, this was much more advanced and ready than I would have anticipated. Flavors of dark fruit and currants, plum, forest floor and barnyard. A rustic wine that I thoroughly enjoyed. 92+ pts.
Opened 6 hours before dinner but not decanted. Crimson color with a little bricking. Aromas of forest floor, soy and a vegetative component. Notes of cherries, leather, herbs and pencil lead. Earthy texture. This is a mature Bordeaux with interesting secondary nuances. 92-93 points.
Drinking very well now. Ripe red fruits, enough stuffing to make it interesting, great combination of fruit and secondaries now. Medium length and body, great combination of classic BDX flavors and warm year ripe fruit.
The best and most talked about vintage of Cantemerle in a recent vertical tasting at a hosted dinner party (1970, 1982, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, all but the first 2 bought en primeur) (Small note - sadly we all missed out on the 1989 which is my favourite Cantemerle but it is now too expensive for me to justify buying it!). Plenty of cedar and surprisingly barnyardy (almost too much at the start, even though you expect a bit of barnyard), good depth, and hitting its stride (don't think it will get much better, but you don't need to rush). PS The 2009 and 2010, much vaunted by Parker, are currently a bit disappointing in my view - hope they improve!
At home with Chicken (under a brick)Toscana. Great match for the thyme/rosemary/garlic in this concoction...Fresh stash of this vintage thanks to Gary - I think I paid $20 for this at release, maybe $45 for the aged version...
Consistent with prior notes...dark fruits, classic floral, graphite/lead nose. Lavender, tobacco, dark cherries, currant, cedar. Picked up a forest floor/pine. Medium finish. Elegant and smooth.
Right in its zone, classic old school Bordeaux. I think this wine has been underrated. If you need a Bordeaux that doesn't break the bank, pairs well with fragrant food...this is a great call
- Brick color. It's lacking fruit and has flavours of dusty and sherry with a medium body. Leathery texture with a medium finish - Tasty old wine. Probably peaked a few years ago. Lost most of the fruit notes, but good structure and still very good with food.
Coravin'ed few more ounces. This time, it sat for 12 hours. And just like that, all the barnyard aroma is gone. Very good classic Bordeaux: cedar, cassis, tobacco. Now I know what to do with the rest of my bottles.
Coravin'ed few ounces onto a glass. Strong funk/barnyard remained even after 2 hours. No bricking. Funk finally started subsiding after 3 hours. Slight nose of tobacco, leather, cedar appeared. Classic Bordeaux structure. Still grippy tannins and good amount of acid, fruit almost gone. 90 pts for now. Will let the next glass sit for at least 4 hours before tasting next time.
Coravined 2/3 of a bottle, aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 1.5 hours. Nose of blackberry, currant, cocoa powder, cedar and graphite. Blackberry, currant, spice, leather, black licorice and soft tannins on the palate. Leads to a medium to long, soft, dry finish. Medium bodied. Excellent bottle and QPR. Paired with roast lamb.
Hitting on all cylinders and still just a baby. Black opaque core, even with less than an ounce in the glass. While I guess you could say it's not focused, it is hitting all the classic Bordeaux notes and playing them well. Tobacco shed, salty leather, mild iodine, and some Christmas spice on the nose that made me do the 'happy dance' from the minute I pulled the cork. Nice medium bodied palate with generous black fruit to accompany all the tertiary flavors, medium long finish. A beautiful bottle of $20 Bordeaux with a long life ahead of it. My thoughts would be drink now through 2025. From pristine storage, bought on release.
Totally different from the bottle I had last year. Opened, decanted and waited about one hour and it seemed to be fading. A few minutes later, it tasted gone, and twenty minutes later it was back. Next time, no waiting after decant.
A bottle of this at a recent Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical showed surprisingly mature. This came across much more youthful and structured, with a core of bright red and dark fruited flavours tinged with earth, cedar shavings, and tobacco, with a spine of grainy tannin beneath. With a few hours in the decanter the tannin eases up and it takes on a very polished, slender mouthfeel. A very elegant, understated, classic style of Bordeaux that I definitely should drink more of.
Cantemerle & Lagune Vertical; 6/28/2014-6/30/2014 (Dale's): Savory nose, with cranberries. Quite bright on the palate, tart and soft, tannins resolved. Still, aromatic and pleasant. A better showing than some recent bottles, but still quite mature and borderline lean at this stage. Others felt is was in fine shape. Showed much better with food.
Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): Surprised how mature this seemed, but it's drinking really nicely now. Bright blackcurrant and red fruited flavours framed by cedar, tobacco, and more developed leathery and earthy notes, all conveyed on a medium weight frame that's very polished and graceful. Liked this a lot.
Nose is barnyard. First taste is tight. A little austere, but it opens with time. I read someone else say it was a back woods country style; and I'd have to agree. This is not slick. But its good. I have had 4 of my 6 now. There was a "dumb" phase a few years back. I will save my last 2 for 2015 and possibly beyond. ...
Nose of tobacco, black cherry fruit, smoke and allspice, more of the same on the palate, one of my favorite wines and a great Chateau to visit, medium, mouth filling, and tasty on the mid palate, very lovely wine to sip after dinner, medium-long finish, will age for 10 years but nearly at its peak.
I've had several left bank wines from the 2000 vintage recently that are still WAY too young and need considerably more time in bottle (note that most of these wines are first and second growths). The 2000 Cantemerle seems to be hitting its stride right now and probably will be showing well over the next several years.
The nose was very Bordeaux-esque with strong earthy, leathery notes. The palate was a bit tannic, but not so much that it detracted from the overall taste. Some acid, but it seemed in balance. Great mouth feel - smooth and silky. I liked this wine and will plan to drink my remaining bottles over the next 12-24 months.
Let's be honest - this wine isn't on par with a Palmer, Margaux or the Leovilles, but for the price this doesn't disappoint in the least. Wish I had more sitting around.
Possibly one of the best clarets I've ever had, this surprised even me. Drunk with dinner (not decanted) at the Three Gables in Bradford on Avon, I found this perfectly balanced, with the ageing notes of forest floor and wet leaves present but not overpowering the extremely ripe cassis flavours. I was seriously impressed with this.
Starting in on my own collection of 2000 left bank, and it was an auspicious start. I have had some lesser 00 from a friend's collection in the last year, in this was the best I recall so far. Confirming others on this site, it was quite sharp and backward out the bottle, I quickly decanted it and left decanter open for half hour before we started it with the meal. It takes a full hour to get going and I kept savoring through to dessert maybe 2.5 hrs total with plenty of time in the glass. Not at all fragile, I'm sure it would be fine the next day. It needs steak or other hearty dish. Aromas were medium not shy but not super expressive either. Bright cherry on top of classic 2000 deep cabernet plum black current and wood that I detected in all 2000 left bank so far. On the palate good purity and power with classic Cantemerle leather tar and some cigar box with some sharp acid and integrated tannins that get silky with some time. I agree it is fundamentally a straightforward country style but it is getting some layering of complexity between the fruit and leather/tar.
This is totally different than it tasted in 2003 when the fruit was completely suppressed and the wine was more or less paint stripper. But I was convinced to buy it, and of course I'm crying I didn't get cases at $28 but that is true for all Bordeaux back then. Luckily I went back and picked up more mid decade.
I am giving it 91-92 with potential to reach 93. Nobody knows, but based on this showing, other 00 chateaux I tried, comments on this site and discussion with experts that have access to a lot of wine, I think 00 is still way too young. I noticed some on this site have had a tough time with this wine in the last 1-2 years and that is how 00 has been, jus getting drinkable in 2014. 00 (and this wine) may not peak for another 5 years, and this vintage may prove to be one for the ages. I experienced two peaks with 96 so beware of a lull. I am not going to touch more than 5% of my left bank 00, stay tuned for more reviews in 6-12 months. Unless you detect fragile wines losing their fruit core buy some early drinking 05s and this and that to keep you occupied. Of course, I could be wrong your mileage may vary .... but I don't think so.
Be that as it may, I savored every last drop. It's not the best wine in the world, but I really like it. I'll pick it over some other styles that I would objectively score 93 or 94. Left bank 00 has a certain je ne sais quoi ...
Started day earlier. Showed young and slightly tannic at first. Faint mustiness hinted at but never confirmed a flaw. Unimpressive fruit was not compensated by secondary or later qualities. Cedar and cassis but underwhelming without improvement on day two. Not a bust and better with steak but hoped for more.
Last bottle...consistent with prior notes. Decanted for about an hour. Dark fruits, classic floral, graphite/lead nose. Lavender, tobacco, dark cherries, currant, cedar. Picked up a forest floor/pine on this one.
Drinking very well, elegant and refined wine. Great QPR, evidence that drinking good Bordeaux does not need to break the bank! Checking my records, I paid $25 on release in 2003....
surely one of the best Cantemerles ever. Sweet dark fruit with ripe tannin. Too rustic for an outstanding score but tremendously succesful for what it is. Will be even better in five years - this should last a very long time.
Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 1.5 hours. Aromas of pencil lead, currant, tobacco, cedar and red licorice. A black fruit core of currant and blackberry interwoven with baking spice, tobacco and smooth tannins. Leads to a medium to long, soft, dry finish. Medium to full bodied. Drinking very well and noted it started to peak after 2 hours of air time. Paired with steak and a mushroom and Marsala sauce.
Still has some good black fruit. Complex, with prominent secondary flavors of herbs and pencil lead. Drinking well now, but didn't hold up well on the second day, so is probably doesn't have a lot of time left.
375ml. PnP. Opens initially as quite green. Needs some air. Once it gets that air, it's quite nice. On the lighter, refined side. The initial green notes mellow to add a nice sense of character on fruit that's medium in body. Some tannins emerge, with some force after 30 minutes. Would recommend more air than I gave this. That said, a very nice QPR. One that I think will continue to evolve and perform well past the 2016 "drink by" date in CT if properly stored (footnote - this one came from my passive cellar, and as a result should be on a fast track relative to bottles stored in a more controlled environment).
Still a very lovely bordeaux. Notes of forest floor, rubber, cedar. Palate of dark fruits, rubber. It is drinking quite well now -- and a good example of the profile of a classic bordeaux. Not the complexity of a better chateau, but still very good, and excellent given the price point.
The second night, poured the last half of the bottle stored in the refrigerator. slightly oxidized nose of tobacco and black cherry fruit with hints of earth and cedar, more of the same on the palate, the same overall impression on the palate as last night. Suggest you drink it up over the next four years.
Rich deep yet vibrant in color. Tobacco, cedar, black cherry on the nose which follows through on the palate. Chewy with good acidity which carries through to a long finish. The wine is in balance. Drinking at its peak right now. A true Haut Medoc in structure which does not disappoint.
Dark cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate. Charming, easy-going, smooth, but one dimensional. Like all the previous bottles I've had, this is a perfectly acceptable wine but a disappointing Cantemerle. No better than a CB at double the price.
A medium ruby color; yellowing at the rim. Last consumed 22 months ago. Still dusty and earthy on the nose, along with black cherry, some blackberry/black currant, cedar, tobacco and cigar box from the oak. Similar flavors. The tannins are not totally resolved yet; very slightly acidic on the tongue. Good structure and acid. A decent finish. A nice Southern Medoc. This wine is better with food, in that the slightly unresolved tannins are abated. Very nice pairing with lamb chops.
Cedar and boxwood nose, very classic Bdx. Fine taste, seems to be some brett here, reminiscent of Ch. Talbot. Really quite strong pepper, good bite, long linger. Very well integrated - a coherent but complex mouthful.
Most impressed; I enjoyed this more than my last bottle of the same wine. Presumably that's more to do with the vagaries of my palate given that this bottle is from the same case.
Good. Opened, decanted into a wide-bottomed decanter for maximum aeration. Fine Bordeaux nose, that slightly gravelly, pencilly odour. Left for an hour to open up a bit.
Fine taste, again classic Bordeaux - perhaps lacking some subtlety and nuance, but nonetheless full of quality. Quite strong tannin - enough to give a decent mouth feel, some pucker, not too much to detract from the pleasure, and enough to give the wine at least five more years of good drinking life.
Cantemerle is generally rather cheaper than other classed growths and there is perhaps some justification for that - it's a good, solid and lovely wine but some way off from greatness. Even so, it is underpriced and I feel that makes it a bargain buy.
This particular bottle came from Berry Bros; their notes speak of 'mineral, gravel and iodine.' I see the first two; not so much the last.
I bought this via their online trading system at 25ukp in bond, which works out at 380 a case in my cellar, ie a final price of ukp31.66 a bottle. That strikes me as a fair price for a nice bottle of wine.
- Garnet color and aromas of cedar and vanilla. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of black currant, cherry and dusty with a light/medium body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - Had at Range Restaurant in DC with JC from the WLDG. Not decanted, no sediment to speak of. Nice wine but "nothing to write home about".
This deep-to-opaque red/garnet wine has a moderately intense nose of red currants, steeped fig, tobacco and dried herbs. It is medium-bodied on the palate, with medium-to-high acidity, medium sweet tannins and well-integrated alcohol (listed as 13%). The flavors mirror the nose and are accentuated by the wine's acidic backbone. Solid in the middle, it concludes with a medium-length, tart finish. While I suspect that this wine is on plateau, there is no need to rush its consumption. It has plenty of fruit and structure to remain enjoyable for another five years (or more). Drink now-2018.
This bottle showed wonderfully, exhibiting the best attributes of a youthful Cabernet and a mature claret. The currant fruits burst forth, but in a refined manner, with complicating notes of dried herbs, minerals and graphite. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but the fine tannins suggest this can still age. Lovely, wine.
Decanted 2 hrs then served with a perfect grilled strip steak on the patio during a beautiful 72 degree day. Hard being fair as the steak may have helped carry the wine, though this was much better than my previous bottle a couple of years ago. Med/med+ body with fully ripe dark red fruits and accompanying notes of pencil lead, cigar, gravel, and a bit of Bordoughy funk. Palate is balanced nicely between lush ripeness and austerity. Fully mature but in no danger of falling of the cliff. Excellent claret... 89-90 sounds about right.
I'm all in on this wine. I've had other vintages and not been wowed at all but, this 2000 is the real deal with all of the advantages of the vintage at play. The nose is like that of a 15-20yr old BDX. The palate is velvety and sexy with vibrant raspberry, mineral and spicy flavors. The acid keeps this fresh and boyant. Wonderful complexity. I probably should score this wine even higher but who would think a $35 btl from the relatively generic Haut Medoc appellation could be so cool??? Terrific value here and totally ready to drink!
- Garnet color with medium forming legs and aromas of geranium, raspberry, diacetyl (butter) and smokey. It's overly tannic and has flavours of medicinal and black pepper with a medium body. Silky texture with a long finish - Big wine with lots of tannin and alcohol. Very metallic at first, but goes into a meaty finish
Purple color with a little orange at the rim. Nose of tar, cedar, old leather blackberry fruit and tobacco leaf. Medium weight fruit on the palate; I don't think there is sufficient fruit left for this to get any better. Finishes with licorice and blackberry. Tannins have fully softened. This is drinking well, like a fully aged bordeaux with a fair amount of complexity, but not one to make you sit up and take notice.
Dear friends, I bought six bottles when it came out and trusted the #1 wine magazine on opinion and window to drink. I stored it in a contolled cellar. I read the notes on this website and opened 1/2 hour b4 and was optimistic for exceeding the average rating of 89. We drank out of bordeaux reidel glases and i kept thinking it might get better and my wife barely drank a glass with a great meal of stuffed cornish hens. If i drank this at a party, i would dump it, but i waited over a decade for it and dammit, i was going to drink it. By the end of the bottle, i mixed with jug wine to palate it. Extremely disappointed and hope the other bottles i have are better.
Sweet tobacco, cherries and earthy scents are found in the nose. On the palate, this is a lighter, medium bodied style of wine with soft, refined textures. The finish offers sweet and tart, bright red fruits. There is not much reason to age this wine any longer. Drink up.
In a really good place. Savory elements coming out - mushroom, meat, leather - with a solid base of dark fruit. Structure hold these two in tension. This is a point where I really enjoy Bdx and this delivers that Claret-dance quite well.
Aerated with Vinturi, and decanted 2 hours. Aromatic nose of blackberry, cassis, tobacco, and cedar. Dark fruit and fine tannins lead to a medium-to-long length finish. Medium bodied and well balanced; drinking very well. Paired with filet and a brandy cream sauce.
Popped and poured after I read a note that said it was on the decline. Wrong. Still maturing. Nice but not outstanding Bordeaux with good balance, red fruit, some tanins left unresolved but not a lot. Some meaty flavors and earthy flavors but no leathery signhs of aging. Very good to excellent.
Very much tobacco, spanish cedar, black cherry fruit, very elegent in the mouth with more of the same, hint of red pepper and allspice, medium-long finish, needs two more years and it will be at its peak.
Still very young. fruity nose and a lot of tannins left. At the moment, I prefer the 99 but will try the 2000 again in approx. 5 years. This wine has definately the potential to score easy 90+ Drink 2012 - 2020.
Classic bordeaux, cedar, plumb, cassis, underbrush and leather notes dominate the nose. Near perfect balance. Classic profile, with lead pencil, smokey wood and a sweet dark fruit finish that lingers. Love this and it is drinking well now. This is after a 2 hr decant, I must say, so guage for yourself. This is right there now; is it young? Is it old? Its great classic old style bordeaux. Love it. Drink now to 2016.
Pop/pour. Sweet, bramble tones on the nose with an green pepper accent that's a positive. Much of the same on the palate, which is initially a bit acidic. With 15 minutes or so, the acidity starts to fold in and the wine gains depth. This is in a much better place than it was 3+ years ago. While I'd like to think this might develop additional secondary character with time, the safe bet would be to drink over the next 2-3 years.
This wine was lovely and is in a great place. Evolved tannins, cigar box, elegance, with a little fruit. Quite a nice bordeaux funk on the nose. I really enjoyed this wine and may pop my next bottle in the next year or two.
I love aged Cabernet. Some age on the rim. Purchased directly from LWS 7 years ago. Mold on top of cork and wine stains half way up the cork, but the wine is pristine. Decanted three hours. Complex nose kept evolving, but primarily cedar and plums. Palate offers a refrain of cedar followed by tobacco, leather and graphite and a short finish that stops dead short with dry, tongue-coating tannins. Suggests this may hold for another 3-5 years and improve. Margaux elegant. Tannins were a great foil to grilled garlic peppercorn filet mignon and grilled baked potato.
I had a dozen of these, and have tried and tired to like this wine over 7 or 8 years now. The last bottle now and I am so happy this is now gone. Notes - to the best of my remembering - have been consistent. This wine is dull. Thin, weak, insipid. A little tiny bit of cherry acid and a vague recollection of cedar or something like that. Short finish, colour poor. Its just not good. No clue what the various 90+ scorers see in this. The rest is going down the sink. Life is too short to drink bad wine!
Lesser 2000 Bordeaux Tasting (Chateau VinoMe): 2nd time I have had this wine. The first time was in 2003 when this was just released. I bought 4 of these 5th growth wines on futures. The best vintage of Cantemerle that I've had (1996, 2000, 2003 and 2005). Drinking very well right now but there is no rush to open them. Double decanted 3 hours before drinking. Moderate sediment. Crimson color. The roundest texture and most opulent of the middle of the road 2000 bordeaux that we opened. Notes of black pepper/spice, black cherry and cola. Firm but silky tannins. Moderate to long finish. Probably just reaching it's peak. Try on if you have any. 92 points.
Very nice wine. Lots of smoky tobacco, graphite, currants and dark red berries on both the nose and palate. Concentrated, long and luscious. This may be at peak but I'd say there is plenty of time left in this wine.
Drank with dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Popped and poured with no decant, and it wasn't an issue. As someone more eloquently called barnyard, it was the smell of the droppings on the floor. Strangely a usual indicator of something good to come. Leathery, earthy nose, soft tannins, mellow fruit. Smooth, well balanced, subdued. What a pleasure to drink right from the get go. Drinking fabulously now. It probably has a few good years left, but this is shining right now. Just wish I didn't have to pay a 400% markup to drink it.
Pop and pour. Rather light nose of brambly note and raisins. This opened up a bit on the palate to show traditional flavors of lead pencil and earth. A bit short on the finish. I would drink sooner rather than later.
Slow-O 1 hr, served at cellar temp. Consistent tn's and absolutely at peak right now. Paired perfectly with the braised leg of lamb. For what I paid ($30), this had everything I want my Haut-Médoc to have. Fruit, acids, tannins all ageing in harmony, but ageing nonetheless. Just the slightest touch of peppercorn, almost as if it were a signature. Drink thru 2014, 14,0% abv, score: B+
Tiefes purpur; an der Nase initial leichte Stallnoten, später viel Johannisbeere, Zeder, Schokolade, Bleistift, vegetabile Anklänge; Tabak, erdige Noten; vegetabile und erdige Noten machen auch den Gaumeneindruck aus, die FRucht verblaßt etwas; Tannine eher mittelkörnig, etwas "unreif"; guter Abgang; eher rustikaler Wein
Upon opening there was a striking difference between the aroma and the bouquet with the former being fruity and the latter being more tobacco and leather - the first taste was more in line with the bouquet. I did not decant, but we consumed the bottle starting about an hour and a half after opening and then over a few more hours. It became much rounder as the night progressed, but retained some backbone. Paired well with a lightly peppered filet mignon, potato/sweet potato home fries, and kale.
Dark ruby, no signs of bricking. Due to my cold, I can't say much about the nose. Palate has blackberry, plum, cassis, with notes of tar and smoke. No noticeable tannins left. This is very good right now,but I wouldn't hold on much longer. P n P.
Still deep youthful ruby. Graphite, cassis, and some stony fruits with a nice herbal and savory backbone. There is a nice black olive, bitter chocolate contrast to the fruit. Full bodied and still on the young side. This opened up over a few hours into a rounder, more complete wine. Still quite a grippy finish, with some at least for me at this time frame, a little bit unfocused wood on the back end. Very good and may get to outstanding in a few years.
A little yellowing at the rim. Deep dark garnet body. Dusty and earthy on the nose, along with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, maybe some cedar, vanillin. Flavors of the same fruits and vanillin. A nice soft feel in the mouth, except for a tad of astringency on the tongue. A medium finish. Paired nicely with left over tri-tip. Score 90-91.
Deep garnet. Barnyard upon opening, which completely blew off after being uncorked 90 minutes, revealing cassis, herbs and earth on nose. Palate became smooth and balanced after being uncorked 3 hours, but the bright red fruits faded after 2 more hours, leaving more of a sage, plum and earthy profile.
Dark purple, no evidence of bricking. Looks young still. Nose of cedar and blackberry. Blackberry and chocolate on the palate, tannins are fully resolved, even a hint of sweet fruit on the finish. I think this is well into its drinking window; unlikely to improve further, but very enjoyable now.
I've been a fan of this wine, enjoying bottles since 2006. News Flash!: drink these sooner than later. Still a pleasant, Pinot-esque, light-weight claret, with expressive aromatics of dried strawberries, rosemary, spices. The palate however is starting to fade IMHO, as the engaging cherry fruit from 5 years ago has started to become tart and the tannins are completely gone. Used to be a 91-92 pointer, now around 87-88 pts with nowhere to go but down.
Popped and poured and served with food (pasta in a beef ragu). Color is starting to brick. This shows good fruit, lead pencil notes and cedar along with plum and red fruits. Elegant and refined. I re-corked and checked on it at day two. Starting to fade but still shows elegance and richness.
J'ai un petit sourire malin quand je lis depuis 2 ans des membres que 2000 fut surestimée et déçoit...Les GCC sont seulement trop jeunes. Par contre les crus bourgeois sont délicieux et il me semblait donc logique qu'un modeste GCC du Haut-Médoc, à forte proportion de merlot comme celui-ci, soit prêt avant les autres...Bien m'en pris. J'y ai retrouvé le gras et la fruit qui m'avait tant épaté dans ces 2000 en jeunesse, avec le supplément de grâce apporté par les années.
Très joli nez suave avec du classique cèdre, crayon de plomb, mais aussi sous-bois et cassis, même un peu de fraises des champs. Très charmeur au nez mais encore davantage en bouche. Beaucoup d'élégance et de classe dans ce vin voluptueux. C'est un pur délice qui a du gras et du fruit, un séducteur irrésistible. Il ne lui manque que la profondeur des plus grands terroirs, mais on a tiré le maximum de ce magnifique millésime, sans trop en faire. 91 pts
Decanted and tasted over three hours. Very soft tannins, tasted fully resolved from the start. Muted fruit at first, which emerged over time. By hour three, very pleasing balance, great acidity, lively wine. Very pleased. For the price, it's drinking a lot more expensive.
This was my 4th bottle out of 4, and wish I had held off with the rest. Great wine and WOTN. Wonderful nose -- had to pass the first glass around. Very nice in the mouth, with tasts of forest floor, ceder, cherry -- very comples. Nice finish. Moderate tannins in the background. Very balance.
Deep red center, red rim with some signs of age (surprisingly youthful). Meaty, berry nose, sweet, brambles and mint. Sweet entry, berries, well integrated oak, menthol, white pepper, some acidity only moderate tannin, slight bell pepper, stewed fruit on the finish - which is moderate. Very good mature claret - conforms well to the region. Drinking well now but will last a few more years.
Got this on the cheap, only $18. Pop and pour, deep red color with an immediate nose of pepper and leather, some cedar and black cherry. Dark fruits, cocoa and the pepper again. Medium weight, nice and in balance with subtle acidity to match the tannins. Paired with a cucumber salad and caci e pepi pasta @ Osteria La Buca. Will buy more.
Splash decanted and served with smoked leg of lamb. Garnet color with lighter edges. Typical Bordeaux barnyard aromas with some red fruits and gameyness to it. Elegant mid weight (at best) on palate with a soft mouthfeel. Pretty lingering red fruits but lacks any real punch. It was no match for the lamb - more of a baked chicken type of wine. Good
I drank this bottle back to back with an 1995 vintage. Great red fruit and smooth tannins. Nice balance with a good finish. This wine was smoother and more fruit forward than the 1995 and I liked it better.
This has been in the bottle for a while...10-1/2 years. Decanted for an hour as I was a bit unsure about it after opening it as cork appeared marginal. Tobacco and cigar on the nose. At this point it's more medium bodied in texture. There is still berry and currant although it seems be be starting to fade...definitely not vibrant given it's age. Definitely still a classy wine for an evolved palate, most California wine drinkers would not like this one. Medium finish but good wine. This wine improved dramatically with a Ribeye steak. The food definitely accentuated the wine and vise versa. This wine requires food especially red meat!
One hour decant, and noted improvement with time. Pretty blood red color. A slight barnyard aroma. Nice fruit and balanced tannins on the palate. Medium bodied. Smooth with decent length. Paired with duck, and quite enjoyable.
Dark but bright ruby red semi opaque colour. Nose is a very immediately attractive, really gorgeous and quite complex redcurrants, cedar wood, pencil lead, vanilla pods, with hints of damp earth and wet bracken at the back....integrated but still in the springtime of its life.. Palate is gorgeously soft and velvety but still very firm tannin together with deep, ripe blackberry fruit and some oak together with a quite pronounced but not unbalanced acidity. Tobacco leaf comes out as the predominant finale flavour. The elements are all really top class but are not yet quite fully integrated on the palate as they are on the nose.......I have no doubt it will get better over the next 3-5 years and could well reach its apogee in 7-10 years from now. This is a classic medium-bodied Claret so the length and resonance are enjoyable but not profound. It gets distinctly more inky and "young" with extended time in the glass/decanter, which tends to suggest a good longevity for this wine. Certainly, I've never before drank a Cantermerle close to this class. The particular year has stamped an extra class on this wine.
At home. Dark ruby. Thick legs. Super-fine nose packing gorgeous red fruits and a hint of rose petal. Elegant mouthfeel on entry gives way to a big dollop of fruit that lasts and turns a tad rustic and woody on the finish. If not for the too-prominent oak, this would be a knockout. This wine is at it's peak: full-bodied, rich, ripe and lovely. That said, years of life ahead. 5-13-15-7: 90/100
Nose - ripe and fragant, with a good though subtle showing of fruit. Lovely texture on the palate; so easy to drink - lots of forest fruits. Feminine and charming. Drinking nicely know and will last another 5 years. 3 hour decant.
Decanted for one hour - drank over 2 - held 1/2 the bottle till day 2. This is a nice wine. Nose and flavors are predominantly tobacco and earth. Very one dimensional, perhaps more fruit will emerge with more cellaring? Day two was much of the same - what few tannins were there on day one had vanished flavor profile remained but the additional time adding nothing.
Did a vertical tasting together with 85, 96, 99, 00, 03, 06, this 2000 bottle stood out with balanced friuit, tannin and oak, all intergrated pretty well, with some leather and coffee note popping out.
P&P. Still dark blood red with a bit of orange on the edges. Fairly funky on the nose, but good funk not brett. Leaves, a bit of dirt and barnyard followed with a heavy dose of tar and smoke. Still pretty full bodied on the palate, some biting tannin, some dark fruit underneath more smoke and tar. The finish was nice and long with a bit of a tannic bite. Still I would drink these over the next 3-5 years,
This bottle is a significant step up from my previous bottle (a year or so ago) which seemed lighter and more mature. Storage of the bottles was less than ideal so this showing was pretty impressive.
Still a baby, fresh and vibrant and full of fruit. Still very dark in color with little to no change, but still unmistakably Bordeaux from a top vintage. If you can find some at a good price, pick it up. Decanted for an hour and returned to the bottle.
My system (nose mouth finish) +++, showing everything I love in BDX wines, black fruit, dust, touch of green bell pepper, hint of bret, great balance, very little if any bricking, paired perfectly with beef wellington.
2000 Bordeaux Horizontal: Parts I & II; 7/1/2010-7/6/2010: I have a soft spot for this chateau. This is a 2000 claret that Suckling got right, not the Bob. Starts with an absolutely beautiful, sweet bouquet of dried strawberries, bayleaf, incense, and Indian spices. Highly sniffable, I hope the 2005 and 2009 versions are like this lovely 2000. It has an elegant texture and light-bodied attack, but this is married to intense flavors of strawberries, iodine, and smoke. Indeed, it is Burgundian in some respects, but I mean that as a compliment! Very Margaux, filled with berries and a bouquet the commune used to consistently make. Drinking wonderfully now. If you like the style as I do, this wine merits 92 pts.
Opened 2 hours before serving. This wine is showing well. Tannins are resolved, soft fruit and spicy, savory elements on display. Gamy, funky nose - touch of brett? Full bodied and plush in the mouth, with flavors of black currant, black cherry, cedar, cigar box, and animal hide. Drink or hold.
Much better than when I tried it 2 years ago. Still opens tight, but after 24 hours the fruit comes forward, and things are fairly optimum at 48 hours. This suggests that I should have waited a couple more years. Flavors at opening are not very fruity: maybe cranberry and pencil, i.e. a little bitter or sour, with some leather or cedar. Soft, nice and more fruity at 48 hours, with a touch of vanilla and cream. This wine is an interesting contrast to the intense, fruity, soft and low-acid Washington wines (that I do like), but new world wines often miss the cedar and leather.
Still good bang for the buck, but did not enjoy as much as the past bottles. Decanted for about 45 min and drank over 3 hours. Seemed to decline as night went on. Very dark, nice nose, lots of fruit initially, but seemed to fade as the night went on.
This wine was decanted and poured. This was good but there is not enough going on with this wine to merit much enthusiasm. The aromatics show a pleasant combination of black fruits, leather, spice and pencil lead. The aromatics unfortunately come across as monolithic and the individual notes lack definition and nuance. They tend toward the mature spectrum with much of the youthfulness resolved. The color is a medium to dark ruby that again represents a color spectrum in the mature range. The medium bodied palate shows pleasantly on the forward palate but finishes short and disjointed. This will most likely not improve with additional bottle age. It is at or around maturity.
This is in a great place right now, and probably has room for further improvement yet. Open, with the faintest hints of leather and spice on the nose, provding accent for the pleasant red fruit aromas. Medium bodied on the palate, no visual sign of age, and no pronounced tertiary flavors to date. Good fruit on the palate, and surprisingly ample tannins to support it all -- the tannins aren't overbearing, drying or gritty -- they're just there, kicking in on the finish only. Excellent showing for a wine of relatively humble pedigree. Gut impression score: 89 - 91
Noteworty for its still lush fruit and barnyard/garrigue nose and midpalate. Tannins still pronounced on the finish. I like the wine and think an hour in the decanter would have improved it. I plan to wait another year or two to open my other bottle
Wednesday Night Blind - January 2010 (Peter Pratt's Inn): Served from a decanter. I found this be a tannic and fairly closed wine. It took a good deal of swirling and coaxing to get the wine to open up. Distinctive notes of tobacco leaf, sour cherry and pine cones led me to the Left Bank of Bordeaux. Once the oxygen began to work its magic the wine opened up nicely and it became a chewy juicy wine with a good core of fruit. I really enjoyed it and liked it more with the Filet Mignon served later.
Nice subtle nose mixing cherries and elderberries with some leatherish animalish aspects. Again a nice balance between cherries and raspberries (I think this comes from a light fruity acidity) with a strong wild boar meat. For £20 I think it's an excellent value
Decanted 1.5 hours, and enjoyed with garlic rubbed filet mignon and grilled asparagus. Deep, rich plum color with no sign of deterioration. Developing bouquet of blackberry, cassis & some cedar – very nice. Dark and well concentrated on the palate with good structure and plenty of fruit dominated by black cherry, and nice secondary pipe tobacco notes. Dusty tannins are still present, but nicely integrated. Medium to long finish. I really enjoyed this bottle - a perfect steak wine.
Decanted for about an hour. Tannins still very much poking their heads up. Nose of cedar, spice leather. Lighter body, good dark fruit. Youthful color. Had with cheeses and lamb. Was at its best paired with goat cheese.
Very disjointed when tasted stright from the bottle but smoothed out after an hour in decanter. Nose and rim indicate a claret maturing nicely but it tasted a bit thin. Ok but not what I was hoping for from a 2000.
YESish. So, this might be one of those not so good wines but it is very nice now. A decent upstanding bordeaux with cigarbox nose and some fruit. It is not a great but if you want to drink a red and you would really like a bordeaux then I would recommend it. Probably will run for a few more years; I will buy 6 .
This wine was double-decanted prior to presenting it in double-blind fashion to our tasting group. The bottle had been purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion. The wine was allowed to see one hour in decanter prior to funneling back into the bottle, then was serially tasted from another decanter over a two-hour period. My taste was unblinded. Interestingly, another taster brought the 2000 Cos d'Estournel. Opaque red/garnet with garnet rim. Clean, quite intense nose of plums, exotic spices and leather. Medium-to-full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, medium sweet tannins and flavors which mirror the nose. The middle palate is full and the finish is smooth and medium-length. This is quite a nice wine which is drinking well now. In contrast, the 2000 Cos d'Estournel is still a baby which will need more time, but definitely eclipses this wine in quality. This Cantemerle should continue to be enjoyable for at least another 5-7 years. Drink now-12/16.
Looks like an aged Bordeaux with a bit of red on the rim. This is ready to go, but still has some tannins. Opulent, smooth blackberry and oak with some herbs. Medium-length finish. A pleasant bottle of wine that has some complexity and should drink well for awhile longer.
This is my 2nd review of this Cantemerle, the first one gave me a bad image, but this one change my mind. This wine still very strong need decant for 2 to 3 hours and can last for drinking up to 5 hours. Nose very nice and good balance. Not so tannis after good decanting. just rough and not so smooth. however, for this price, what you dream for.
Be honest, I feel disapoint of this one. Cantemerle always is one of my good choice ; compare with the price. The wine was arrived 5 days ago and travelled a long long way, so it may be sick. Open up, the nose was nice, put in decanter for one hour, nothing seem to be improved much, very rough and having a bitter lasting too. I hope my 2nd bottle will be improve and better. cross fingers.
Drank with Dad and Penny to celebrate family and a solid Sunday afternoon. Opened and let air for 90 minutes. Initial nose of cherry and warm bread, perhaps a little vanilla. Aired in glasses for another 15 minutes. Cherries, tar?, pencil lead, and still the vanilla. Very nice.
Oddbins New French Wine Fine Wine Tasting (Oddbins Farringdon, London): Nose: Sweaty horse, pig manure, touch of brett/perhaps TCP as well, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, blackcurrant Mouth: Savoury fruit, venison, licorice, black fruit, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, lovely I really enjoyed this. When it was first opened the stink of pig manure (and the brett) made us think it might be flawed but, upon opening another bottle, we realised that it just stank of, well, ahem, poo! But it was very nice, both of them. Happily go here again. Far nicer than the 94 I had a few months ago.
Popped and poured; no decant. The color was still youthfull, the nose initially muted with hints of red fruit and dust. After letting it sit in the glass for 20 minutes it had a relatively thin body, with cassis, rasberry, dust, and pencil lead notes. Initially the wine was very tight (offering little) but over an hour it blossomed and became much fuller in the mouth. This is a classic Bordeaux and shows well. I believe this wine is just coming into it's own, and has plenty of life left in it. The bottle has been stored in a cellar between 54 & 56 degrees since purchase in 2003.
Sampled over two nights. First evening, tight and closed, with usual licorice, blackcurrant and earth tones. Heavier than it should have been given relatively light fruit. Second night, fruit completely gone and just a kind of mushroom earthiness remained. Not much here to appeal, especially for a Fifth Growth.
Lovely dark ruby colour, med+/full bodied with racy red licorice, meat, leather, loam & minerals. A bit of a stemmy astringency, but the complexity and persistence really pull this through. Drink thru 2013, approx $31
There was a slight bricking to the ruby color. The nose was mineral and complimented with a small amount of brett. The body was medium in size. On the palate, there were raspberries, a bit of kirsch, iron, and a kiss of oak. This wine went splendidly well with a grilled ribeye steak. I'd say it's hitting a sweet spot with some time to go.
Immediately recognizable as bordeaux. A relatively simple claret, but probably at its peak and pleasant to drink for what it is. A bit of band-aid funk, but still enough fruit to balance, making for nice complexity.
nice - little barnyard funk that blew off fairly quickly. Decanted and drank over two hours (saved one glass in the bottle for the second night). good fruit, very slightly drying tannins. Probably could do with another year - but if you are drinking with food - then this is ready to go. Winebid purchase. 88-90
Clear, medium ruby red. Clean, medium intensity aromas of cassis, blackberry, herbs, some barnyard that blew off in 20 minutes or so. Medium-light tannin, medium acidity, medium body. Great middle with flavors matching aromas. Red fruit and herbs, vanilla-mint on the finish. Really nice. I can see this continuing to improve.
This wine has a dark color and is showing well. The nose offers cassis, tobacco and pine tar. The palate, while still youthful, is open with black/red fruit, medium-low acidity and somewhat course tannins for the vintage. Still, this wine drinks well and if the price is right is a buy.
Decanted and poured. Nice nose, nice feel in the mouth although a little dry tannins. Nice finish, although not real long. Good buy for the buck, but not great. Still have two, and will hold off for a little while longer.
Hue: Mainly purple, browning a little, with a slightly orange tint at the edges. A bit thin. Nose: Blueberry, Plum, Cedar. Gains some dried potpourri as it airs out. Palate: Red fruits, sweet spice, pepper. Darker fruits after a few hours in the decanter. Finish: Slight tinge of bitterness at first, not too long. Smooths out and lengthens after two to three hours in the decanter.
I'm rating this 87 today, 90 pts based potential. After 30 minutes in the glass, this just doesn't seem ready to go. Started out a bit green and herbal. A short time blows most of that off. The nose is relatively open and approachable, with some high-toned fruit and residual green in the background. The palate is less appealing, and comes across as thin on fruit and tannic. If this is to get better and reach my potential score of "90", it'll take a couple of years. My fear is that the fruit might diminish before the tannins. On the other hand, if the palate ever catches up the promise of the nose, this will be quite nice.
Lawrence's Birthday Bash (Guan Hin Restaurant): Tasted the leftover on the following night with not much change to the flavour profiles. Horse urine features strongly…v musky. Whiffs of ripened capsicum too. Leathery with some dark plums. Somehow it feels awkward. This is like that guy in the class that isn’t the class nerd or psychopath but the cross in-between…intriguing but you just can’t bring yourself to get to know him.
Decanted for 1 to 1.5 hours. Medium bodied and very delicious. Dark fruit, soft tannins and nice finish. Seemed ready to drink but should last for a few years. Glad I have 3 left. If this is how the 2000's are, can't wait to get to my better bottles.
big change from the last bottle I had, about 3 years ago. it took about 30 minutes in the decanter to show it's stuff. Nice sweet tannins. A nose of licorice, mushrooms and balsa wood dominate with a small amount of coffee and tar. medium body with a nice dark plum color. this wine has a sweetness to it that I like, but distinctly BDX.
This shows how strong this vintage is across the board. For the $21 I paid for this, makes me wish I had bought a few more.
A real sold B grade, with a B+ potential with some more time (2-3 years).
Plum and purple and medium bodied this delicious wine is a veritable of vanilla and licorice aroma. For the price a veritable value. Love the elegant structure. The finsh is smooth and caressing. Drink up.
Tar, cedar and herbal, rather than fruity; maybe a bit of cranberry. I'm not sure where Parker gets his fruity flavors. Opens kind of sour but with several hours of air, the cab-merlot and cedar shows up better. It is sort of nice to get a BDX blend that isn't overly oaky and modern. Finally, at 12 hours the fruit really comes forward and becomes very nice. I don't understand some of th TNs on this wine; the ones that provide negative descriptions, but then rate this excellent on points. My 89 is meant to be complementary.
Alcoholic fumes of tar, dark fruits and herbal tea leaves. Medium bodied. Muted dark fruits and cedar, medium -light weight feel on the palate with a short finish. Disappointing, expected more from a 2000 Bord. 88pts
Plum and purple and medium bodied this delicious for the $20 paid at futures wine is great with steak and salad.The blackberry fruit underneath the dozen long stemmed bouquet complements the vanilla and licorice aroma. For the price hard to beat, for the vintage I am happy to have 3 more cases. Love the elegant structure and the finsh is like a sprinter running long distance. Drink. Drink. Drink.
Interesting and enjoyable. The fruit is muted, but the mineral and menthol notes are fascinating. Far from 'hedonistic', but that's fine with me. I have no idea where this is going from here. I have a handful and will probably wait a year or so before trying another.
Mineral forward. I've heard of fruit forward but mineral forward? Sounds strange but that's what this wine is. The minerality is so high in this wine the red fruits hardly have a chance at all to come out. I describe this wine as liquid celery. After tasting this wine the roof of my mouth went a little bit numb due to the minerality. My notes on a wine are usually a little more interesting than this but the 2000 Cantemerle is just an awkward wine in my opinion. There are also notes of soy sauce on the palate which isnt much fun either. I tasted two different bottles of this and both were exactly the same. Not recommended.
Bright ruby red color. Nose of spice, cassis, earth. Flavors of crushed red berries, cassis, mint, earth, with cedar notes. Medium body, medium finish. Drinking very well right now. Has several years of evolution left before it peaks.
opened up a bottle of this last night. it opened up with gorgeous aromas of oak and earth, slightly light on the palate but drank very beautifully as the night progressed. still alot of structure here, drinking beautifully now.
Over 3 cases I bought in from time to time since last year, more than 75% of these wines was corked. I asked some other wine shops about this problem and they told me that the corks of this wine was unstable. Anyway, first it was dry with nose of oak and smoke then changed to nice nose of black cherries after a while. The taste reminded me of '95, '96 Carruades de Lafite. Very pleasant wine. However, I will only buy this wine bottle by bottle due to the problem of the cork.
Stark’s: Slight brown color showing through with purple; Wow! this had a very distinctive nose of spice box, cigar leaf, sweet leather, and maybe a mix of old cherry and cassis; the mouth showed up front tannins, and dust & leather, and minerals; it was tight, not quite as rich as the CA wines, but had plenty of structure. I was surprised at the maturity of this 2000, especially in the nose. It showed very well, but judging by the mouth, it still has 4-7 years left (or more) to develop.
First bottle of a case. Decanted two hours ahead. Leather and tar, cedar and licorice, meat notes. Dark fruit and cedar on the palate. A very enjoyable wine, drinking well now and likely to last a decade.
Took about 2 hours to start to show what was hiding. Crushed berry, earth, licorice, and cedar. Medium weight, medium finish, and nice acidity to balance it all out. Possibly a little less flashy than previous bottles. Tannins are quite resolved and soft at this point.
The colour is deep crimson, clear rims but no browning. The nose is rather big with the usual elements of Classic Bordeaux, i.e. cassis, plums, ceder, iron, earth, mint, green peppers. The palate is refreshing with nice acidity, a hefty amount of fine mature tannins, and a rather long food-friendly finish. No green elements, mature fruit. Very nice, accessable now with a couple of hours of aeration, but if you like your Claret more mature with horsey stable aromas - let it sleep for a couple of years.
(375)A bit tight at first, but opens nicely after about 90 minutes in decanter. Black plum and cherry fruit, a bit of cedar. As it is open a bit some tobacco/cigarbox notes come out. Weightwise this is a bit modest for a 2000, but I find it quite enjoyable. The oak notes are more cedar than vanilla, the acidity is enough to flatter the fruit,the finish nice and clean. My guess is 750s might benefit from being held a bit
Not bad, not great. Nice, rich, complex nose with notes of cassis, vanilla, damp earth and mushrooms. Deep ruby red to the rim. On the palate the wine is smooth with nicely integrated tannin and oak with hints of cherries, strawberry, barnyard, new leather and mushroom. A bit too shroomy for me, though.
Day 1: No decanting, poured glass straight from bottle and sniffed wonderful notes of flowers, violet. This was short lasted and soon got sulfate smells of burnt matchstick that although not overpowering, did dominate the first two glasses. Dark Ruby Red with firm but gentle tannins which means it could probably age some more, but im not sure if it will improve because at this point is seems a bit inexpressive and tight. I will write my impressions from the decanted second half tomorrow, i hope it opens up as it did for some other tasters here.
Over several hours,started with the standard earthy nose but notes of bell pepper became the dominant aroma. This is the 3rd time I've tried the 2000 Cantemerle, #1 was corked, #2 very good (90) no green notes, #3 (88).
Hadn't popped an '00 in a while and I have a few these so I figured what the hell. Decanted for two hours and dove in. Nice deep reddosh-purple ion the glass. Nose of tobacco, smoke, and currant. Full bodied, but tight right now with licorice and tart plums followed by soem really dry, chewy tannins. Unfolding nicely, but just a baby really. Softens a bit with some air. Nice now, better in a few years.
Dark cherry red. After opening, there were some funky aromas but those went away after 15 minutes or so to reveal rich fruity aromas of blueberries and cherries. Also present were cedar, oak, and leather. On the palate the wine is medium weight with good acidity and lots of tannin. The finish is persistent and long. Overall, very good and offers moderate complexity. 50 + 4 + 12 + 16 + 8
deep ruby purple. very nice nose of cassis, black cherries, leather, perfume. elegant and modest palate at first that grows to a flourish and tapers. smooth well-integrated tannins. nice 30+ sec finish. very good juice. this is still young but drinking very well right now.
Decanted 5 hours in advance and softened considerably in the decanter. Superb structure and very clean tannins but fruit is still a little muted with some inky violet aromas and black fruits. Needs more time
Brian’s: This wine came out being extemely earthy, mushrooms; a bit like dead leaves, but very silky, smooth mouth w/ gripping dry t’s. Then it opened up--especially after the Stag’s Leap, and gave a wonderful character and bouquet, while the SL got a bit boring. Probably nice time to drink. Also--cork was wet on top--could it have aged prematurely?
Savoury, dry, woody claret. Plenty of flavour on the palate, but rather too much of the road surfacing lorry, and not enough of the fruit farm. Earlier bottles had had more blackcurranty fruit and I hope that returns.
This is my third bottle I have had. I was pretty hard on this wine early, it had a herbaceous green streak. This bottle showed quite well. It reminded me a bit of the 89 in its youth, although the 89 was creamier and more floral. A definate left bank nose and flavor profile, with notes of cedar, blackcurrent fruit, and a nice chewy profile with some secondary nuances already coming thru. Good value as always 89 pts
Very tight and wound. After breathing >1.5 hrs, opened into a very nice traditional claret. Moderate fruit with distinct earth and rust. Lots of moderate tannins. Finish with cherries and dust. Very good balance.
O/N - more fruit and acid. Still balanced and very tasty.
Night one. Nose- some strong herbal notes- which were a concern, eucalyptus, cedar, tobacco. From the limited experience I have with previous vintages of cantemerle, the herbal/eucalyptus nose seems to be signature for them (at least young cantemerle).
Fairly tight on the palate. Fairly Tannic, but not in an unripe way. Finish seemed a bit shorter than I hoped for, but added length and fruit over the three hours of drinking the first half bottle.
Night two. (had been poured into a clean half bottle and sealed) Most of the herbal notes are gone (they HAD seemed slightly strong the night before, still some eucalyptus, cedar, much more fruit on the nose though.
Added some weight and depth over the night. This is a bigger wine and has a longer finish to it than the night before. Black fruit, currant, some oak. Tannins still fairly present, but again not unpleasant.
Tasted blind at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bottle purchased at Costco the same day and provided by Diogo Belo. Opaque purple with purple rim. Intense, brambly nose with aromas of mint, cherry and currants. Medium-bodied on the palate, with medium, slightly coarse tannins. Similar flavors as for the nose. Medium finish.
Tasted at the Union des Grand Cru trade tasting of 2000 Bordeauxs. Distinctly grassy and earthy nose. Decent level of plummy fruit. Lots of tannins on the finish. Needs time. Probably a decent value in this appellation.