Dark ruby with no sediment, this wine is essentially mature yet needs a long decant to release plum, date and dark cherry. Decent claret but not exceptional, I highly doubt more bottle age helps because there isn't much to work with considering 2000 was a rock star vintage.
Un nez de viande crue, avec des prunes et quelques accents chocolatés à l’ouverture, qui disparaissent au profit de notes de mine de crayon. la bouche montre une belle rondeur, les tanins sont assouplis et le vin me parait à maturité, bien qu’il pourrait développer plus de complexité d’ici quelques années. C’est un beau vin dans sa structure pleine et ronde, qui évoque Saint-Julien à l'ouverture. Il développe au bout d’une heure une profondeur étonnante, avec une belle dimension saline, qui fait merveille à table. Il retrouve aussi une droiture minérale plus cohérente avec son terroir. Pour le prix en primeur (45$), c’était une vraie belle affaire. 90-91 pts
This took 2 hours to open up, which is a similar experience I have had with another 2000 st estephe. Very closed at first and not showing anything...rated at the end of the night. When opened up it was herbal, balanced, rich, classic cassis, evolving nose and palate which were not yet showing secondary characteristics. Sinewy smooth palate with elegant oak. I get the sense this could go a surprisingly long way, but will be solid classic Bordeaux for now if you give it some air.
Splash decanted just before dinner. This made by far the most favorable impression of the case bought EP so far. Elegant nose of red but more black fruit with a bit of tobacco. Very smooth, nice finish. Tasty!
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(Chateau Lafon-Rochet St Estèphe) A new label and matching capsule for the 2000 vintage. This is a dense, glossy, youthful looking wine, with a very expressive nose, throwing out aromas of coffee, chocolate, exotic spices and sweet fruit pastilles. This all says 2000 to me. The palate is full, sweet and rich. There is a good structure although the tannins do not dominate, and only make a strong showing on the finish. It is big, dense, and packed with fruit and creamy texture, although still with a St Estèphe hardness. Balanced.
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