September 17, 2020 - Drank this beauty over 3 hours. It is young and vibrant but in a great place. It took about an hour of air for it to develop but once it did it was off to the races. It was complex but fruit driven. No doubt this will continue to evolve gracefully but it was great to taste it in this phase.
September 15, 2020 - I last reviewed this in July 2018, when I scored it 95. This is my 6th tasting of this beauty since release. It’s less flamboyant than it was then, less floral, less ripe fruit. I think this is entering a “dumb” stage as it is currently showing lots of tobacco, red pepper, sorrel, lemon thyme, and bitter chocolate. Tannins are powerful but silky and well integrated. The restraint on the moderate finish is a good clue that it’s early drinking window is closing. It wasn’t much different, maybe just a little softer, after a 5 hour decant. I’ll not open another bottle for a few years; as it will probably gain 2-3 points as it transitions from herbaceous to more appealing secondary qualities; it will wake up.
September 5, 2020 - Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Blind. Shows just the slightest bit of bricking at the meniscus, but the core is still youthfully dark and opaque garnet. Opens with a perfumed floral quality, quite pretty, with black currants underneath. It develops a powdery note along with some red fruit elements. Somewhat firm on the palate, it's hard to believe this is 20 years old. Flavors of red plum, currants and green tobacco. Remains pretty and primarily black-fruited as it sits in the glass. Lengthy finish. I guessed that this was one of the five Pauillacs and settled on Lynch Bages.
My #2, Domino's #4
Group #3, 49 pts
2015 finish: not tasted
August 30, 2020 - Drank at Home
Rich velvety and pure. Lot's of life
July 18, 2020 - Round, full and resolved after three hours of decanting. It started to show layers of fruit, smoke, cassis and herbs. Very enjoyable now with lots of life left.
July 6, 2020 - Nice fruit forward posture on this wine right now... was stacked up against 95 L'Angelus and 98 Troplong and was right there.
July 4, 2020 - SS's Frenchie! Wine Night: This was exceptional tonight and a great show of power and wine-making skills. So good and in its prime. My WOTN 95-96
June 24, 2020 - In a great place, still a bit young if anyth8ng after 20 years. Dark rich long and dense. Sweet dry savory fruits with beautiful balance.
June 12, 2020 - Magnificent and exceptional. No need to wait, as it is tremendous now.
June 5, 2020 - just coming into its prime, cassis and tobacco, outstanding beautiful bouquet and mouth-coating with a long finish; good balance and earthy, leathery aspect.