2000 Bordeaux Left Bank, With Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): We expected it to be very approachable but on the contrary it was closed down and backward . Not as ad as the Palmer but still not singing. Good amount of firm tannin , not harsh but big,a bit of a chewy finish too. Has a lot of things going for it and we expect this given 5 yrs to develop into a proper wine mid 90s wine. For the moment 91
Dark in colour, youthful. Less open than Gruaud Larose on the nose, elegant, fruit, spices, cedar, graphite. Pretty backward on the palate, slightly drying tannins, a bit chewy, good length. Needs more time. 90-92
needs 2 hrs decanting. minimum 1hr. Plenty of fruits (black currant), plenty of aromatics, tannins are dense not yet fully matured, giving wine plenty of further aging/finesse potential. and still full of youth despite the 14 yrs age tag! very complete wine, nice!
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(Leoville Barton) The 2000 Leoville Barton was atypically subtle and wound at first. After some serious coaxing, aromas of brick, fireplace, cedar, coffee, cassis and deep roasted nuts all emerged. Its long and robust nose became very classic and full of spine, and it was easily the most concentrated wine so far. ‘Is it Cali?’ Wendy joked, but then she admitted that it only walked the line. The palate was also very concentrated and long, possessing spine and more noticeable alcohol but still tasty. The more wines that I had, the more I thought about 1982. Wendy admired its ‘fantastic length.’ The Barton got sweeter in the glass and definitely had that Napa Valley Grill to it but was still outstanding
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