Wine purchased en primeur and stored in a eurocave untouched since purchase in 2002. Cork in perfect condition. Wine colour has retained an impressive darkened ruby red which excited us as we poured. Our excitement quickly waned however with tasking. Acidity dominated in the mouth as fruit diminished dramatically since my previous tasting of 5 years past. Typically refined aromatics and flavours of black fruit in the mouth were clearly present but off balanced against acidity that had the upper hand. This second wine of Margaux was meant for early consumption and that is quite clear.
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like mineral and blackberry. The body is full. The wine has fleshy texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity.
Needed about 1h to wake up. Beautiful smell of red fruit, cigar box and forest floor. The smell is reflected in the taste. Very elegant, balanced and with a medium long after taste. Really really good now and no need to wait longer.
Still quite youthful in both color and taste. Primary, with only some hints of leather and earth. Detailed, with fine grained tannins and a great, silky mouth feel. The cassis fruit was deep and mouth coating. The finish trailed off a bit too soon, but this was beautiful overall.
Moi et Didi on se croyait en Côte-Rôtie pour le nez mais en bouche...c'est Bordeaux que Didi a callé ! Deuxième fois avec ce vin..(selon CT est mes notes sont tellement confuses!!) Bleuets et fruits rouges. En bouche c'est très beau et bien long.Mais tellement différent de qu'on avais bu avant. La robe est tellement bordeaux par contre.D'une jeunesse dans le style de Jeannine Sutto. Il va vivre encore pendant facilement 10-15 ans. Il est sur la pente montante....pas loin du plateau et il va y surfer longtemps après. 92 pts +
Bordeaux 2000: dégustation horizontale (Restaurant Tandem): Un beau nez mais discret Belle fraicheur, un vin assez viril avec de la structure, qui m'amène à Pauillac (une soirée d'humilité!). Fin, dans un style évoquant Pontet-Canet. Pas le plus profond, mais un équilibre impeccable. Encore jeune. 92+ pts
My goodness, what a difference a year (or two) makes. This is really singing now. Much more open, lovely complex nose of cedar, black currant, plum and soy. The descriptor velvety tannins is made for this. Fine acidity, decent length. Beautiful wine, now into its window. Lacks concentration and length of its big sister but a very fine drop of claret. And partnered a fine bit of mature Scottish fillet very well indeed.
The bouquet tells it all: Beautiful wine! Cassis, cedar, luxurious oak, coffee, tobacco. Great! Everything comes back on the palate, beautiful acidity and tannin as well with still a pleasant bite. The wine is completely ready now and will offer great drinking between now and 2018 or 2019. 92 or 93?
Soft, easy drinking. Ready for drinking but by no means over the top. Good dark fruit nose but by no means very strong. Medium length well balanced fruit, tannins seem to be soft and have probably waned
Perfect bottle. Top fill. Stored at constant 19 degrees celsius for 10 years. Carmine red, still quite young. A bit of sediment. Lots of red fruit, but also lots of oak. It is too early to open this bottle. A hint of chocolate, coffee and herbs. But the red fruit and oak is dominant here. I tried this wine over 20 h and it needs to be decanted several hours. For me it is at its best after + 16h. I have the top of the decanter sealed. Lovely acidity, but the tannins are to tough and robust at this moment. There is no balance for now, but I'm sure this wine will come around within 10 years. It is not a Grand Vin and it is far from Ch Margaux 2000, but I bet this will be a lovely wine between 2024 - 2040. Quite short finish, but after the tannins "disappear" there is a nice taste of wild strawberries and cherries left for a while. I must say I expected a little bit more. But this wine will probably get a higher score next time I try this.
Round, immediately pleasing on PNP- elicited wows around the table and caused a pause. Surprised all and some who saw label from a distance said - what do we expect from a Chateau Margaux till they saw its the Pavillon and then the wows were wowed. This is what buying, being patient, and then being blown away is why wine is so fascinating.
I disagree with a previous poster that this wine is not ready. To our group, this was absolutely ready for business after a brief 1 hour decant. This wine has been improving with age and has a long life ahead. Nicely balanced, floral nose, medium finish. A wine that is worth the price of admission given its pedigree.
Textbook Bordeaux! This is NOT ready - unless you're willing to decant. ;) Give it an hour in the decanter and watch it evolve in your glass over the next two. Initially a bit lighter than I expected, it put on weight with the decant. As I said, textbook bordeaux - earthy with dusty tannins, some leather and an ever evolving array of smells and flavors. Plenty of fruit with no sweetness. Very nicely balanced. Drink now and over the next 10 years.
Popped and poured, then drank over a span of roughly 4.5 hours. This is a medium red/ruby colored wine, with no browning or other signs of age. There was some mild-to-moderate sediment toward the end of the bottle. The nose of this wine is its best feature, carrying scents of forest, cedar trunks, cherry, and a bit of rock. In the mouth, this is tart, with nice structure and acid, but not a lot of fruit. The tannin seems to have integrated fine and was not noticeable. There is also a slightly horsey/barnyard sensation in the mouth and through the finish, which doesn't fit well with the overall package – not sure if that was an issue with this particular bottle. Overall, this feels and tastes older than a 13-year Bordeaux from a very good vintage; the wine seems on the downward incline. I wouldn’t buy this again and would advise those who own it to drink sooner than later. 91 points.
Opened, decanted and followed over an hour or so. Red and black cherry and plum on the nose and palate. Cedar, chocolate and coffee bean notes as well. Very lush and forward with no hard edges. Medium plus body and length. I think that this is in a perfect spot now. While I'm sure it will continue to hold, I don't see it getting any better. Delicious tonight.
This bottle was double decanted and consumed with a grilled steak dinner. I was very pleased with the wine. It was elegant; full of mature fruit and some earth flavors. It was a pleasure to drink. I think this wine is fully ready to go and although it may last longer, I don't see it improving with time.
PnP. I enjoyed this more than a '96 Chateau Margaux I drank a couple years ago. In fact, I sold off my remaining 96 shortly thereafter. I sure wish I owned this wine! '00 is "THE" BDX vintage to backfill, IMO. This had an amazing nose and the palate was already delicious and velvety. I'm sure this will improve with age but, certainly, a real pleaasure right now at age 13. Drink or hold. If I see one or two of these at a realistic price I'm going to own it.
Pleasant wine, with earth on the nose. Medium palate and finish. Lots of earth and mushroom on the palate. It felt a little hollow in the mouth even after some time in the decanter. Overall, I must agree with the other reviewers and I think this reached (or is close) to its plateau.
Smoke, leather and a mineral notes on the nose. Full bodied and starts out as bright raspberry, softening to cherry, then adds in a bit of sour cherry before finishing on a note of creamy vanilla. The complexity and depth of fruit is outstanding. Finish is quite long, but very fine grained. Excellent balance between fruit and tannins. This wine has the structure to last many more years. Overall, an outstanding bottle.
Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Rouge has been one of my "house wines" many years. Well, that is coming to an end in the next generation with current First Growth prices... times change. The Pavillon Rouge 2000 has been closed for a long time, yielding very little when you opened it. I was therefore pleased to see tonight that is is now fully ready to drink and an excellent example of the Pavillon Rouge. You must know that Chateau Margaux, even the Grand Vin, is always a delicate wine. If Harlan & Co. is your style of Cab, no need to apply here. The the Pavillon Rouge 2000 displays the nose of a typical Chateau Margaux wine with red current, toast, cedar wood and earth, all very delicate. There is noticeable acidity too, a Ballerina. The main difference to the Grand Vin is the more modest mid palate. BTW, I noticed tonight, as many time before, that wen you have a delicate and a block buster wine open on the table at the same time, the more delicate, drinkable wine is always gone first and the block buster stays half full, just too heavy to go with food. So if you have some bottles of Pavillon Rouge 2000 in your cellar and bought them en primeur for 60$ back then I propose to consume them now with food and dwell in the past what a pleasure Bordeaux was before the Chinese woke up from the Mao Tse Tung nightmare.
This is a good wine. I think it has reached its peak, but it does have quite a few years life left, because it is a well made wine. What is becoming very clear now is that the way the wine has been kept over the years is vital. The other important point is serving. We had 3 bottles. They had all been kept the same in the same temperature/humidity good place. One bottle the level had dropped a little but the others were right up the neck. That bottle was not as good as the other too, but still good. Serving: the third was the best: decant and pour within 5 minutes, the wine was that much more rounded. Anyway the wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), and Red Currant. It tastes like Blackberry, Red Currant, Raspberry, and Black currant (cassis). The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Underwhelming for Margaux 2d wine. After airation and short decanting, the wine was flat and sour with a bitter finish. When it warmed the sour aftertaste waned and what was left was a dark dry Bordeaux. Paired well with cassoulet, but did not stand up to the rare venison in the rich red wine reduction.
A great bottle of wine. Nose was superb, the entire experience was absolutely excellent. No wonder this wine has increased in value so much. It is that good and you can taste the terroir in the wine . Margaux style all the way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A +++ just getting better and better.
Wow best bottle over past few years, surprising progress overn4 years. Deep crimson color with black core, slight aging at the rims, this full bodied beauty opens up with a nose of leather, lots of tobacco and earth, with some black currant and dark red berries. After an hour or so in the decanter, the nose shows much more fruit, scorched earth and tobacco. Excellent entry on thebpalate, this wine exudes class and finesse reminiscent of it's big brother, coats the mid palate, and a very long satisfying finish, great acidity and backbone, with tannins present but not a single hard edge. Lovelynwine, only 1 bottle left which I will keep for another few years as this wine has a long life ahead of it. One of the best Pavillon Rouge I've tasted.
It's well past its prime, in fact i"d say it's more like a Burgundy than a Bordeaux. Lots of barnyard on the nose, wood flavors, little fruit, no acidity. Not good for food or by itself. Major bummer after laying it down for a decade.
Lovely weight and balance. An earthy, mineral quality with nice acidity. Lush, lively and forward, no obvious fruit and somewhat dry, but lovely to drink. Classy, multidimensional, subtle and elegant. Seems at its peak, but not going over the hill any time soon. I think it's probably overpriced based on what it's selling for in the current market, but I remember paying $59 for this a few years ago and at that price it was a steal; I should have gotten more. Just one bottle left now..
Great bottle. Still completely ruby and quite opaque to the edge of th glass. Classic Marguax earthiness. A little smokey, even some spice underneath the darkisj red fruit. Beautiful nose, with very smooth tannins. Wonderful wine - many years left on the 375s.
Day one, had a funky nose (literally "wine funk" on it), with muted flavors beneath it. Day two lifted the nose and revealed a rather sweet berry nose with a matching taste and okay finish, but still nothing to write home about given the price.
There was some seepage. Although the wine was drinkable I believe it was exposed to heat. Unfortunately knowing the store where I bought these wines from, I am not surprised. I opened two bottles of the same wine both had at least 50% seepage, one was corked and the other one was cooked. I won't be buying wine from Leon's in Miami, FL
he Wine Society Dining Club 250th Dinner (Drapers' Hall, London): Leathery, beefy nose with some bright fruit. Kirsch and blood beef with capsicum and fruit finish. 91 now, probably 92/93 in a few years.
Cassis, rich red cherry and a little eucalyptus and sous-bois; fresh fern and soft leather with a haunting herbaciousness. Medium body, rich and velvety with mushrooms and macerated cherry notes. Soft integrated tannins. This is starting to come on line but still has a few years ahead of it. 91-92.
Decanted for 3+ hours, more open on the nose than on the palate, tannins still need to soften; complex nose of Margaux berries, strawberries, musk, sweet tobacco and earth. On the palate, black and red berries but lots of tar and earth overshadowing any secondary flavors, typical of 2000 vintage. Black crimson color, ever so slight fading at the rims, medium to full body and a decent finish, this wine still needs years before coming of age. 2 bottles left, next tasting 2015.
Lesser 2000 Bordeaux Tasting (Chateau VinoMe): From a 375ml bottle. I opened this to replace the corked 2000 Chateau Ste. Gemme. 2nd time I have had this in the last 2 years. WS gave this 94 points on release and I have never seen that score in my tastings. Splash decanted just before serving. Moderate tannins. Although this 375ml bottle was less tannic and more approachable than the last 750ml that I had it really did not show much more. Licorice, cedar and black fruit notes. Medium bodied. My least favorite of the 2000 bordeaux I opened (except for the corked bottle). 89 points.
I haven't recorded previous tasting notes or comments but this bottle seems complex, medium bodied and still a bit tannicy. I can wait to open its big brother. I wouldn't rate this over many CA cabs, but it was a value bet when I purchased it!
Drank at Chicago Cut Steakhouse - decanted for about 60 minutes at the restaurant before dinner. Aroma of leather, cranberry, barnyard and blueberry. Taste had tobacco, olive and plum. This showed very good body on the mid-palate. Very smooth with just a tinge of acidity at the end. This seems like a Bordeaux that is at a stage I like - showing solid fruit, yet brining nice secondary flavors and aromas. I would say this has plenty of time in it, especially for those that would prefer older Bordeaux. For me, it was in a pretty sweet spot - it did seem to be best near the end, which makes me think decanting for 90 minutes to 2 hours would be best at this point.
Three Dinners: A bit austere on the nose with mostly red fruit. Much better on the palate, with sweet red fruit, tobacco and coffee. Surprisingly light and elegant but with tons of flavor. Still very tannic. Long finish. Most impressive for a second wine.
Lovely bright mid ruby. Nose of flowers and vanilla. First night, plenty of dark fruits and a real bit of vanilla ice cream. Also definite plummy merlot. Fragrance and ethereal balance. Second night was much better. Real dark plums, black fruit behind this. Lovely smooth tannins. Better balance, great fine length, not power but elegance. A real taste of greatness, albeit in a more minor key. Clearly not yet fully mature and plenty of time to go.
Aus der Halbflasche! Mit leichtem Stallgeruch, opulenten Cassis-, Schwarzkirsch- und Paprikanoten, Aromen von Erde und Tabak; Gewürze; am Gaumen würzig-saftig, gute Säure, langer Abgang; insgesamt noch ein wenig unrund/unfertig wirkend, braucht viel Zeit und Luft!
Dark ruby color; Tasted sort of blind (I knew this was open but not what wine it was); It was clearly Bordeaux with earthy, tobacco aromas and flavors and dark fruit. There was maybe some brett in this wine but it was fleeting and minimal. Not a good showing for this wine based on previous bottles. Decanted about an hour before serving and continued to improve throughout the evening.
What some people call burnt cedar I call rust (or when its really bad burnt rubber). Earth, licorice yaddi yaddi yada. Very smooth otherwise with some nice tannins. Not my cup of tea - really for those folks who like their wines to get old and musty and even more burnt.
Tasted with 2001 Caro and 2000 Abundantly Rich Red bordeaux blends. This was the most closed of the group. Great complex aroma, but tannins still dominated the flavor. I enjoyed it better when tasted with burbon grilled steak tips. Push the drink by window out to at least 2020, as this one hasn't even come close to full potential.
2000 Margaux Tasting Dinner (5 wines) (New Buffalo, Michigan): First time trying this vintage. WS gave this 2nd wine of Chateau Margaux a big 94 point score. Decanted 2 hours. I have a 375ml in my cellar that I will continue to hold. Black licorice on the nose with cedar and caraway. This had a smooth texture. Milky fruit (but not much of it) and wet earth notes. The firm tannins prevented this wine from showing much. One taster scored this his favorite but I thought it was closed and was not showing as well as it could. 89 points now but 92+ on potential.
Opens with nose of black cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, and earth. Palate is medium- to full-bodied, with cassis, spicy cherry, leather, and some gaminess toward late palate. Fruit thins out somewhat through finish, but obviously very well made and quite enjoyable.
Consistently aromatic- tobacco, berries and damp earth. Very elegant and lithe, with good concentration and a good deal of structure that the vintage the has. This, following 4 hours of double decant and audoze.
Opened and decanted 8+ hours. Served blind. As I was the host, notes were minimal. Light, feminine with cherry with either "suede" or "smoke" (can't read my writing). I thought this was Good to Very Good.
Tasted blind. A clear, ruby color, looking freshly bottled. Red currants and berries, with lots of spice. Very well integrated, with bright acidity, meshed with fine grained tannins. One of my two favorites wines of the night.
Having previously drunk the Pavillon 2005 and 2004 vintages, I was eager to try the 2000. Opened and decanted for about 2 - 3 hours and drank over 2 hours. Great potential but requires a few more years of cellaring before reaching its full potential. Great Margaux nose of red fruit and musk mixed with cigar box. Beautiful color, medium to full bodied, excellent attack on the palate, great mid palate and very good finish but the tannins need to soften. Overall great wine.
The second bottle (see 1990 Bollinger) of a wednesday dinner with friends. This is really a lovely wine with a perfect young colour and that elegant nose of margaux fruit. I had poured the wine into a bottle and than back seven hours before. It is a balanced wine with finesse and persistence and a perfect mid palate. I will absolutely enjoy the 10 bottles I still have and I don't have to hurry me.
This was a stunning margaux...Extreamly well balanced and complex..Very nice aromatics which included dark fruit along with some spicy cherry...A touch of leather which was also nice...On the palate this wine does not dissapoint...Very soft and elegant..A touch of oak appears but its well integrated...Dark fruit dominates with a touch of floral notes and tobacco..A very well made second growth by chateau margaux!!!!!!!!
Yikes. Just yikes.; 9/24/2009-9/25/2009 (Bowling Green, OH): Wine of the night for a stellar night. Huge black fruit nose. Tannic, acidic, medium+ body. So smooth! There's a slight heat, but not distracting. Huge and glorious, a touch of dust. SECOND NIGHT: Dusty red cherry nose. Lightly high-toned. So elegant. Slight dust. A little subtle. Definitely tailed off from the previous night, now a 92-pointer.
What a difference two years makes. I let this wine decant for approximately 4 hours and it was excellent. Flavors tightly integrated and the classic smooth Bordeaux mouthfeel. Not much sediment in the bottle and this wine can last many years in the cellar like a fine Bordeaux should. I was very pleased with its progress in only a year since my last one. My guests also loved it.
Bordeaux Tasting at Cafe Levain: Nose: Deep complex aromas of spicy dark fruit and rusted pipe. This was by far the most interesting nose of all the wines. Palate: Deep, dark fruits with perfectly balanced tannins that were refined. Soft, elegant yet persistant finish. Despite the interesting palate the nose was the highlight of this wine. Tied for my WOTN (along with the 2000 Giscours).
My first wine from Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux.....gorgeous red berry fruit(raspberry/plum), some dark raisined cherry, fresh earth, dusty floral dried tobacco leaf, smoked cherry wood plank. Still quite tannic, but smooth. Should do well for the next 15 years.
well made second label. Still young. Nose of fresh cut flowers, creamy cherry kool-ade, sour cranberries, wetstones, and a slight hint of matchstick. The palate fattend up after time in the decantor, although it started out thin. The finsih was long and spicey. This is still a young lively wine that will improve with a few more years in the bottle. For the release price it was a steal. At today's price its a toss up.
Absolutely stunning! The bottle needed a good hour or so in the decanter to start revealing all its charms... Another hour in the glass only made it evolve even more... Such refinement and elegeance is very hard to find outside of Bordeaux... A timeless effort, so sophisticated and complex. Great, great wine. Start drinking now, but will last for a long time. Actually, had 1982 Pavillon rouge earlier this year and it was still drinking beautifully fresh... Wish I had more of this...
Opened and served immediately. Purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of potpourri, black licorice, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, plums and cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full body. If drinking now plan on a decanting at least an hour or more or continue to hold.
Day one was not very good; barnyard on the nose, acidic and thin on the palate with a medium finish and hollow mid-palate. Cork looked great and its not cooked so I shelved it for day 2. Day two was better for sure but still not very impressive. Heavy herbal notes with some crushed stone and leather but still a bit thin overall. I will hold the rest for day three and report back if it improves. If I had more I would wait a few years in the hope that I just caught it in a bad phase. However, this and the 03 I had recently were both very disappointing overall.
Paid SGD 200 for this bottle. A bit steep for a second wine one would have thought but absolutely no regrets. Had it last Christmas at my house during a BBQ. The flight was as follows: 02 La Dame de Montrose, 94 Gruaud Larose, 00 Pavillon Rouge and 00 Brunello di Montalcino Castel Giocondo. Was with TK, Piao, Wendy, Pat and Debs. Thoroughly enjoyable night.. Had food and good wines with candle light. The pavillon rouge was astoundingly good. Stunning complex nose with an equally beautiful floral taste on the palate. "Frangipani" I kept thinking and they did not even grow these trees in Bordeaux. "How did they do it??" Actually quite hesitant to try another bottle as I am concerned it may not quite reach the previous heights and I did not want my perfect memories to be shattered. It was a great wine to be had that night but more importantly, the company was excellent.
Definitely needed time to open up, but once it did, it showed its potential. Aging well with many years to improve even more. Nice long finish. Paired with Filet Mignon at Da Da's in Delray Bch. Solid effort. I just bought more.
CONFRARIA - JANEIRO 2007 - BORDEAUX 2000 (RUBAYAT): Ruby escuro. Aromas intensos de fruta vermelha escura,cedro e café. Na boca um bom corpo,muita concentração de fruta, taninos finos e uma ótima acidez estruturam o vinho que lembra café, cereja, especiarias e uma pontinha de caça. Extremamente elegante, equilibrado e macio. Claríssimo potencial de evolução e deve melhorar muito ainda. Bastante persistente. Belo vinho. Excepcional. 92+
Inching towards a 93. On the nose there were spices and a coffee note. This bottle is further along than the previous one with a bit more of an herbal, green note in the middle but with a long, long finish. [Decanted 30 minutes and needed it]
Decanted for 1hr. We drank it following a ch. Gloria St. Julien 2000. What a difference!. Good nose, great balance and a 30s finish. Tannins came on late on initial tasting, but kicked in early as the evening wore on. Overall very impressive. This bottle had some sediments already.
we had this at Pinot Provence.. as a wedding dinner wine with LC's mom, Memo and Fanny... beautiful nose from the get go.. elegant, balanced, great structure.. one of the best Bordeaux I have had in quite a while...
I couldn't help myself, I had to pull this. Thus far I've been able to keep my hands off my 2k's but today, it was time.
Holy cow! This was totally unexpected. I mean, I was hoping for something decent but hoohaw... this was the stuff! Sure, the nose was pretty enough, floral with some cherry notes, but the palate... oh, the palate! Plush with lovely red & black fruits it draws you in with its sweetness. Just when you think its getting too sweet, the acid kicks in bringing out that oh, so, Bordeaux minerality. The balance of this wine is phenomenol! Damn!
WIML92,WA90,WS94 Tasted October 1, 2005 at an offline so brief comments only. Opened and served immediately in a Riedel Restaurant Series Bordeaux stem. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of cedar, mocha, crushed dark berries and sandlewood. Flavors of red cherry, raspberry and currants. Very tasty wine for the money. One of my favorite reds of the evening. Drink now with decanting or over the next 7-10 years. Recommended.
2004 WS Wine Experience: Ch. Margaux Vertical (Hyatt Regency, Chicago): Though this is made from the second level of grape selection, Pontallier said that the Pavillon gets just as much attention at the winery. In 2000, even the young vines did well. 67% cab sauvignon and 33% merlot. This was a pretty straightforward wine, with some lovely fruit and capable of aging for 6 to 10 years. 12,500 cases were made. $55
Tracy found a series of recipes in a cookbook for a Bordelais meal. I decided that only a Bordeaux from a top vintage could complement such a feast. I have been itching to try this wine for awhile, and I am glad I did. The color is super dark garnet. The nose was strong at first open, but after 2 hours in the decanter it seemed to close up. Now after another 90 minutes, it is beginning to open. It reveals cedar, charcoal, licorice, and wonderful minerality. The palate is medium bodies but continues to pick up weight with airtime. It is superripe with tremendous fruit and tannin balance. The finish is sweet and equally tannic and fruit filled. It get flavors of vanilla, blackberry, char, and cola. If this is any indication of how the big brother will be in time, wow. I realy love this wine. 92+
$57; The second wine of Chateau Margaux. Decanted two hours; Initially tight out of the bottle as would be expected. After the decant this wine exploded into a wild boysenberry nose with a shot of minerals. In the middle there were more berries, vanilla, cedar and a hint of violets. Then a very long 45 second+ finish with more of the same. It is heavy on the fruit which is also to be expected given its infancy. At this price point and lower (Costco had it in the $40s) you cannot lose with this wine. Good wine.