This is all about the obvious potential, as the wine is young, tight and needs coaxing to bring out much of its charm. Clearly, the fruit is ripe, elegant, fresh and present, the tannins and soft and there is length, but it's not much fun to drink today. Give it another decade and call me in the morning.
Very pretty, aromatic nose of blackcurrant, violets, pencil shavings, cigar box, dust, and earthiness. Medium-bodied, elegant on the palate, with soft ripe tannins and ridiculously long and complex finish. Drinking beautifully now and should just continue evolving with time.
This is very good. Not great, but really fine. The fruit has a regal quality, the tannins are ripe, soft and polished. There is ample concentration, but perhaps not at the same level that the top of wines of the vintage show. My guess is, there is more here than meets the eye at the moment and that with 15 or more years, this could really deliver the goods.
Ridiculously concentrated wine that kept changing character over the 3 hours it was open and enjoyed. Deep, brooding Claret flavors in spades, and a finish that was too long to time. Probably opened this wine far too early. Would love to come back and try it in 15 years. One the most interesting and near-perfect wines I've ever experienced.
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(Lafite Rothschild) The 2000 Lafite Rothschild was incredibly refined with a core of spine and cedar. ‘Accesible?’ Mike questioned. Jim called it ‘guarded’ but still loved it. This wine was beautiful with a flash of flesh and a thick finish. Stu picked up on ‘graphite,’ and the wine got gamier in the glass. Although not usually a Lafite fan, I have to admit the 2000 was stupendous. Mike concurred that of all the First Growths, his money was on Lafite for the long-term. He was then interrupted on his cell phone with an important call from China
(Lafite-Rothschild) had the most intriguing nose of the flight, eliciting an 'Mmmmm' out of me. The nose was very deep and layered with lots of coffee, smoke, cassis, herb, fresh green grass and great earth. The wine was long, balanced, smooth and gorgeous. The 2000 quickly put my paranoia to rest after the 1998 and 1999. Lester felt that the 1998 and 1999 were 'overstuffed' to make up for each vintage's deficiencies. He also remarked how this last flight had 'a uniformed style I couldn't find in other flights. Admittedly, it was a closer range of years.' I will leave you on that note.