7 years after my last bottle and it hasn't budged at all - still rock solid now. Plenty of fruit and all of the floral, gamy, earthy exotic aromas you would expect. Pure silk on palate and this baby should go the long haul in my opinion. Maybe wait another 7 years for next one - but if you have one I recommend popping and enjoying now.
Second Sunday Group: Domestic Grenache: Dark fruit with perfumed, floral overtones. The palate follows the bouquet. Has some tannin to integrate. I'd give this a few years yet as I sense the best is yet to come. Drink from 2020+.
Classic Bordeaux nose in abundance. The upfront fruit is beginning to fade compared to previous bottles tasted but the tannins are perfectly integrated. The is a beautiful wine with a great long finish. I think this is pretty much at its peak for me.
Dark ruby, tiny clear separation at the rim. Dark cherry and caramel fruity nose. Still a bit toasty, but lovely spicy perfume, quite exotic. Ripe fruit o the palate, just a touch aggressive on the attack, but lovely mid-palate balance, tobacco infused ripe fruit. After 25s there is a slightly dry finish but really for this price, it will be hard to find many better 2000 Bordeaux.
2000 is a tricky vintage, many wines feel slightly unbalanced and a touch of unripeness. Please don't believe the hype of the vintage. I am sure many drinkers have noticed the lack of pleasure of so many 2000 vintage even after 15 years. It cannot be a "great" vintage if so many wines have had such a difficult adolescence!
Stood 750ml for weeks. Dumped into decanter and served an hour later with sliced NY Strip at Holiday Lunch. This is in a beautiful place right now, yet probably continues to improve for many years to come. Fresh, pure, sweet core, gorgeous fruit. Highly recommended!
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(d'Issan) This had such incredible elegance and weightlessness I thought blind it might be Margaux or Palmer. What gave it away that it wasn't was that it had the ever so slightest bit of heat in the finish. Still this was awesome. Nose of green peppercorn, high-toned florals, cardamon, incense, red berries, boysenberry. Very aromatic. Almost perfumed. Cascade of red and black fruits and incredible elegance and delineation. Does not finish just dissipates.