Rich, fully developed cassis on the nose upon open. A tad thin on the palate, but it filled in with graphite, mature dark red fruit, and silky tannins and acid still intact. Although my bottle appeared to be in pristine condition, it also suggested this should be consumed in the short term.
Extremely rich in its red fruit. Decanted 1 hour before first sniff. Powerful nose if deep red spicy fruit, almost oriental black tea, someone mentioned menthol in this thread which absolutely spot on. Theres hints of dark somewhat smokey liquirice, toasted oak, charcoal. In the mouth its rich, and dense in a modern napa fruit way. It dances of into the sunset with structure of bordeaux tannins with perfectly balanced rich fruit.
Jeff Leve review 2/13 spot on with oak a bit milder, but still full bodied, quite dark with only modest lightening and years to go. Also got some initial menthol and rich black cherry....merlot softness a real treat here..pretty wine if not for the classicist
If I hadn't known better, I would have thought this was from the mid 90s. Accelerated aging? Perhaps, but this was nevertheless an excellent wine. Only took an hour decant to get going. Medium ruby color. Red currant, black cherry, leather, licorice, eucalyptus, and nutmeg. Medium weight and silky smooth on the palate. Tannins beautifully balanced. If there's one shortcoming with this wine, it's the somewhat short finish. How much time is left here? Likely between 5 and 10 years, but I wouldn't wait too long to pop a cork.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 7/26/2014 (University Club, San Diego): Allowed to breathe in bottle 2 hours, then decanted and served. Opaque garnet-black color. Fantastic bouquet of bright fresh blackberries, blueberries, charcoal, lilacs, stony soil. Powerful tannins on the palate, full body with long finish. Very youthful with a great future ahead of it. My #3, group's THIRD PLACE.
Licorice, coffee bean, coconut, black cherry and an intriguing scent of menthol were the first things that caught your attention. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, lush, round and a little oaky, finishing in a flashy display of black cherries. This is showing very nice today.
Non-blind. Decanted 3 hrs, drunk over 3 hrs. (w/sommelier Ogura-san.) We shared 3 btls from my cellar, and as the Vikings described in the Edda, the description of the World depends on your chosen horizon.
In accordance to: "A small lake has a short shore" the description would read: "2000 Château Pichon Baron was clearly the WOTN for all. Truly great! 2000 Château Croix St Georges was ok and 2001 Château Leoville Barton was the disappointment of the evening."
This explains almost nothing, since the small lake of 3 wines (albeit great) has a too small shore in order to make meaningful sense.
With (hopefully) a slightly larger lake, the following is what we'd like to say about this bottle and how it was perceived at the restaurant tonight:
Dark-red, browning color. Nose is wide, still with unintegrated oak and Merlot character as in predominantly raisins and that certain jamminess (but held in tight check) that comes with the varietal. On the palate this is a wide, almost sweet tasting wine that ends with breathtaking, finely grained tannins and a 60+ second finish. The omph displayed is more than enough for any great dinner. Radiating plums, oak, earth and tobacco at no1; drying fruit as in raisins, dried figs and black cherries at no2; and rose petals, apples and a hint of mint as no3. Built to grow for many more years of pleasure... Having grown up in Europe means I almost feel the need to repent after partaking in this wine's sinful pleasures...
Coffee bean, licorice, coconut, black cherry, earth and chocolate scents open to a soft, round, fully accessible, lush Pomerol wine that is ready to drink now. However, there is no hurry to drink it as the fruit is still fresh.
Popped and poured. A dark purple core with no signs of age. An intriguing and exuberant bouquet, offering up notes of chocolate covered cherry, coffee, roasted fennel, and hints of flower and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, with a lush texture, some oak flavors still to resolve, and good delineation and length on the finish. I wish i could keep my hands off this until at least 2015.
A pristine bottle; popped and poured. Very youthful appearance with no signs of age. A pretty expressive bouquet for a relatively young wine, offering up notes of plums, flower, toasted oak and anise. Medium to full bodied, this wine is quite opulent, with a lush texture, good focus, and heady finish.
While showing very well, my bottle seemed to be more mature than several other previous notes. Plum, earth, licorice and a bit of tobacco oak form a very smooth palate that finishes long and clean. While fruitier and more voluptuous than the 2000 Branaire I had alongside it, I can't say this is especially concentrated or extracted at all. Contrary, I thought it was elegantly balanced by the acid structure and I'd put it in the medium bodied category. The 2000 Monbousquet I had a couple months ago was far more concentrated in comparison (which I recommend trying as well!).
La Croix St. Georges starts with fresh plums, chocolate, oak, licorice and spice aromas. The wine is concentrated, fleshy and ripe with jammy plums, blackberries and a hint of oak. This bottle was a better tasting experience than the last bottle I had. This is a good sign as it should develop more complexity when the oak melds further into the wine.
Has this wine with 3 other excellent 2000's. Lynch Bages, Cos D'Estournel, and Leoville Barton. Double decanted six hours prior to drinking. This wine showed the most fruit of all the wines and was an excellent Bordeaux. I would say this wine is certainly in the window and ready to drink. Nicely integrated tannin and good complexity.
Rosso con unghia legg. granato, naso inizia terziario su terra \ fungo poi si pulisce e vira su tabacco , balsamico e minerale di pietra focaia quasi, con un sottofondo di un frutto rosso dolce, bocca è scattante, fresca , con un bel tannino sottile e finale fruttato , ha una bella beva piaciuto.
This kicks off with an exotic perfume filled with orange peel, floral, plum,toast and vanilla aromas. The opulent wine offers a long black raspberry and licorice tinged, velvety finish. A few more years should help better integrate the oak in the wine as well.
This fabulous Pomerol has aromatics of earthy plums, dark berries, espresso and a melagne spices and blackberries. Full bodied and concentrated, this opulently textured wine offers layers of dark fruit, sweet licorice, plums and coffee beans in the lusty finish. You can drink this now, but a few more years will better integrate this Bordeaux wine
I had opened my first bottle of this three or four years ago, but had then been obliged, for reasons too prosaic to mention, to ship the case off to a professional storage facility. Recent life changes allowed me to repatriate the 11 bottle case and, having allowed a week for the bottles to settle, I opened one the other evening, whilst dining alone, with only a lamb steak and a dishwashable Riedel Vinum Bordeaux wine glass for company. My goodness me. It all started off quite worryingly. Having opened the bottled and poured myself a glass, all I could smell and taste at first was alcohol. Then, as if resuscitated by a passing angel, the variopus components of the wine all began to knit together until, around 45 minutes in, the wine began singing sublime blackberry, plum and violet notes of joy and happiness. This is a quite brilliant and soul-lifting wine. So much so that I have put my money where my mouth is, raised two fingers to the credit crunch, and today ordered a case of the reputedly equally brilliant 2005.
00 Croix St. Georges rocks! That should it all. But, for those wanting to know more details, this fabulous wine has aromatics of earthy plums. The full bodied, concentrated wine is mouthfilling. Opulent layers of fruit flow over your palate finishing with sweet licorice, plums and ripe black fruit. You can drink this now, but, a few more years are going to add complexity to this fabulous Pomerol. 95 Pts. Jeff Leve July 2008.
Opulent, flamboyant nose with blackberry, spice, earth, vanilla and red fruit liqueur notes stands out in a crowd. But the palate is the best part as it's bathed in a silk infused melange of concentrated rich, ripe, deep fruit. Very sexy wine in a semi flashy style.
Tasted at yesterday's Geyser Peak Blind Tasting Challenge. The retailer was selling this for $63. Ruby red color. Classic Bordeaux nose of tobacco, dill, earth, and cassis. Lots of oak on the palate, with a hint of charcoal. Thick, chewy, and dense. Got better with air time. Nice weighty, balanced, and serious Pomerol. My favorite of the flight.