• Insignia98 Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 27, 2021 - perfect now, no decanting, opened and after one hour it was perfect. Would not wait longer the first bottle had cork

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  • Keith Cooper Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 25, 2021 - Drunk with my wife at home as I today celebrate 25,000 days on this planet. To accompany pan fried partridge breasts. I bought this wine from The Wine Society en primeur in 2001 for £15 a bottle and it's been kept in temperature controlled conditions since I took delivery in 2005. I think it's been a good investment! Immediately fresh on opening, lovely tertiary aromas of plum and leather. Colour is dark plum. The palate is smooth and gentle, showing blackcurrant, leather, charcoal, vanilla and a hint of violets. Very long. Showing its 20 years, but still very fresh and holding well in the glass. Excellent! Luckily I have 2 more bottles.

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  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    July 14, 2021 - Bordeaux 2000 Retrospective - 48 Reds - Mostly big names: All tasted blind, not decanted. Observations: 1) It´s a good vintage but not on par with more recent great vintages like 09/10/15/16. Why? A smaller group of top wines reaching lower highs and in general a tad less depth, purity and finesse. 2) Right bank is ready, the left bank still needs time to integrate and open up. 3) Not much tertiary aromas yet - peak drinking window at least 10 years away for most wines. 4) 2000 is a bit a cooler vintage which is great for the right bank (not too much ripeness). 5) Winners? Pomerol with the highest ratings. Le Pin (97+ pts) leading the pack for me (narrowly beating the consensus winner Pavie (97 pts).

    More information, top and worst 10 lists, appellation rankings, out- and underperformer from five participants in the story link. As always, in such tastings (lots of wines, not a lot of time per wine, not decanted) the ranking of wines/appellations might be more informative than the scores.

    TN: Beautiful on the palate, full of elegance, airy and soft with dark and brighter red berries, minerality, herbs and coffee. Soft structure and good balance. The nose had a bit less of everything but the palate screams for opening these bottles right now. It misses a bit of concentration and complexity, tho.

    Decanting: A quick decant should do the job.

    Group average: 90.3 pts
    Group rank: 44th out of 48

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  • sirpat00 wrote: flawed

    June 20, 2021 - Grand Bordeaux 2000 horizontal tasting; 6/20/2021-6/21/2021: Grand Bordeaux 2000 tasting with ~60 wines from the vintage hosted by a private collector. All wines were poured directly from the bottle with no decant and served in flights of 4. As general observations I would highlight: 1/ Today the 2000 is, without a doubt, a right bank vintage with Pomerol the star, 2/ the vast majority of wines are still going strong with hardly any past their peak 3/ On the left bank, St Estèphe was most ready to drink with a lot of wines in a closed stage right now, 4/ On the left bank, 2nd to 4th growths were generally more open for business than the 1st growths which almost all closed, only hinting at their full potential. 5/ If you must open a left bank bottle, Margaux is the safest place to look. Complete scoring overview and additional commentary included in the tasting story.

    Tasting note:
    Either heavily corked or well past its life. Dead. No notes.

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  • vinhonotte Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 17, 2021 - Deep garnet with purple hue, and browning fading edges. Medium ripe red cherry aromas, as well as black pepper, cloves, dried grass, and herbs. Smooth tannins with a slight bite, some mouthwatering acids, and savoury dried grass flavours and ripe red and black cherry, nutmeg and cloves, and a slight mushroomy funk. Medium length and complex finish

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  • RED AND BLACK wrote: 91 points

    May 14, 2021 - Perfect cork and level. Decanted 2h. Dark ruby. Typical nose of Pauillac. Prob nose better than palate. Very well made bordeaux, but not special. Drink now but has 4/5 years left

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  • vinhonotte Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 24, 2021 - Deep ruby, with some edge fading. Nose of dried florals, mint and rosemary, as well as some blackberry, cloves, and liquorice. Some bright acids, tannins that still bite, and flavours that are mainly savoury, peppery and meaty, topped with some slightly underripe blackberry, and a bit of savoury herbs, and a liquorice sweet bitterness that extend to the back, and some pencil shavings. Quite a length of the finish, which is dominant of the bitter spices

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  • pilatus88 Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 7, 2021 - Medium body. Vibrant fruit and very round feel. Lacking punch but very well balanced.

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  • MM29 wrote: 92 points

    February 27, 2021 - Perfekt gereifter Bdx, idealer Speisebegleiter. Die 12,5 Prozent Alkohol tragen diesen Wein auch nach 20 Jahren problemlos, da können einige Weine nur davon träumen.

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  • forceberry wrote: 89 points

    October 25, 2020 - The indicative blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (25%) with the remainder rounded out with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aged for 16-18 months in oak barriques (approximately 50% new). 12,5% alcohol.

    Somewhat translucent black cherry color that appears neither young nor old. The nose feels already quite developed with somewhat tertiary aromas of roasted bell pepper and savory gamey meat, some beef jerky, light inky tones, a little bit of wizened blackcurrant, a hint of leathery funk and a touch of pouch tobacco. In a tasting of fifteen 2000 Bordeaux reds, this feels probably the most evolved of the bunch. The wine is textural and ripe yet more dry and savory than sweet-toned on the palate with intense and somewhat tertiary flavors of roasted bell peppers and charred game, some smoky notes of campfire and chipotle, light crunchy notes of blackcurrants, a little bit of beef jerky, a sweet hint of wizened dark berries and a woody touch of cedar. The overall feel is still quite structured, thanks to the moderately high acidity and textural medium-plus tannin that still retain quite a bit of grip. The finish is quite long and pretty complex with moderately evolved flavors of leather, fresh and crunchy blackcurrant, some smoky tones, a little bit of gamey meat and blood, light sweeter notes of wizened dark fruits, a hint of raisin and a touch of savory wood spice. The tannins make the wine end on a rather grippy note.

    A nicely evolved but also surprisingly tertiary effort, which makes me think that this wine is either at its peak or very near to it. I can imagine the wine will at least keep if not still evolve a bit more for another decade or so, but based on how aged the wine appears now, I doubt it will benefit from further cellaring. All in all, an enjoyable, tasty and quite classically structured claret for what it is, but is slightly lacking in depth and character. Not among the best wines of the evening, but definitely not a disappointment either. Drink now or in the next following years - there's no need to give the wine more age.

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