Bordeaux 2000 – the millennium vintage ten years on

Vineyards of Chateau Latour

We are delighted to offer a special parcel of the Médoc’s leading second growths plus several key wines from leading Right Bank properties. Just over ten years on, many wines are starting to open up, but many clearly will take longer to come round, most will have a long and fascinating evolution.  Clearly the first growths listed below are extraordinary wines, but of the many superb wines produced in 2000, for us Pichon Comtesse and Pichon Longueville stand out.

The vintage
A combination of ideal weather conditions and improvements in vineyard management and winemaking placed 2000 among the great Bordeaux vintages of all time. Quality was high throughout the region, and the wines of 2000 show remarkable consistency. Starting with a dry period in late May that allowed an even and problem free flowering, 2000 was blessed by wonderful weather. July rain in was followed by a sustained period of dry weather until the end of harvest. Warm conditions allowed fruit to ripen evenly and retain freshness and perfume. Selection was strict with some leading producers putting little more than a third of their production into their first wine, with improvements in the winery too, many estates made their best ever wines in 2000.

These wines are offered in bond by the case of 12, however some are also available in cases of 6, please ask for duty paid prices.

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Lafon Rochet, 4eme Cru Classé St Estèphe 84 £450 90 Now – 2016

One of the better wines (and also reasonably priced) to emerge from this property over recent years, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine shows a complex nose of earth, underbrush, creosote, creme de cassis, and dried herbs. Sporting a new yellow/orange label that matches the dramatic paint job on the chateau itself, the wine has a deep ruby/purple color, medium to full body, fine ripeness as well as purity, and moderate tannin in the finish.   Wine Advocate # 146 Apr 2003 Robert Parker

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Beau-Séjour Bécot, 1er Cru Classé St Emilion 12 £480 92 Now – 2020

This full-bodied, modern-styled St.-Emilion offers a sensational perfume of smoky barbecue, jammy black currants, kirsch, licorice, and a touch of pain grille. Fleshy, savory, and full-bodied, it has shed much of its tannin, but still possesses abundant structure. It is an intense, modern-styled, mouthfilling, sumptuous, attention-getting wine to drink over the next decade.
Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 92

A deeply coloured, dark red wine that is not quite opaque.The nose has classic claret aromas of lead pencils, blackcurrant leaf and tobacco. The wine has plenty of firm, but not astringent tannins. Initial leafy notes develop into richer tobacco and eventually chocolatey notes. The full-bodied palate is enlivened by good acidity and supported by balanced alcohol. This wine’s concentration and balance will allow it to keep developing for several years yet.  David Allen MW, Coe Vintners

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Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Émilion 36 £600 93 2013 – 2030

I often lament the fact that only the 1990 and 2009 are wines that fully showcase this extraordinary terroir. However, the 2000 is no “Ugly Betty,” so to speak. It showed extremely well in the tastings, with the tell-tale notes of flowers, crushed rock, blueberry and camphor well-displayed. Full-bodied, rich, long, and just beginning to shed its cloak of tannin, this is quite an impressively endowed Beausejour-Duffau that can be drunk in 1-2 years or cellared for another 25 or more.
Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 93

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Léoville Barton, 2eme Cru Classé St Julien SOLD OUT £1,069 95+ 2018 – 2050

Leoville-BartonAbsolutely spectacular from bottle, but frightfully closed and backward, with massive power and structure, the saturated purple-colored 2000 Leoville Barton is one of the greatest wines ever made at this estate. The wine has smoky, earthy notes intermixed with graphite, camphor, damp earth, jammy cassis, cedar, and a hint of mushroom. Enormous, even monstrous in the mouth, with tremendous extraction, broodingly backward, dense flavors, and copious tannins, this should prove to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and one of the most compelling Leoville Bartons ever made. However, anyone unable to defer gratification for at least a decade should steer clear of this behemoth.  Wine Advocate # 146 Apr 2003 Robert Parker

A dark wine that is virtually opaque with a vivid purple rim. The wine is highly concentrated and its dark fruits combine with plentiful cedar and attractive cocoa butter on the nose. The palate is cedary with plenty of very fine, velvety tannins. The wine’s dark fruit core is rich and ripe and the alcohol is in balance. The length of the wine’s finish demonstrate’s its superb fruit concentration, showing its potential to age further.  David Allen MW, Coe Vintners

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Chateau Cos d’Estournel, 2eme Cru Classé St Estèphe 18 £1,325 91 Now – 2025

Cos d'EstournelIt is an outstanding wine, but it is closer to maturity and lacking the concentration, texture, and overall compelling aromatics of more recent vintages. The wine displays roasted herbs intermixed with licorice, incense, black cherry, and black currant fruit. Medium-bodied, rather than full, elegant, with some spicy tannins and a nice sweet finish, compared to the other top classified growths, this wine is on a much faster evolutionary track and can be drunk now and over the next 15 or more years.
Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker

Very concentrated in the glass this was completely opaque. The nose and palate of the wine are both rich and earthy and it is beginning to become more approachable. The wines alcohol is generous and warming but is in balance with its concentrated fruit. Soft acidity contributes to a persistent, rounded finish that displays an excellent tannic grip previously hidden by the mid palate’s earthy notes and rich black fruits.  David Allen MW, Coe Vintners

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Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol 6 £1,440 95 2015 – 2040

A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 95

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Pichon Longueville Baron, 2eme Cru Classé Pauillac 12 £1,800 97 Now – 2030

Pichon-Longueville BaronThis is one of the great wines of the vintage, and certainly a candidate for one of the finest wines made at this estate under the management of Christian Seeley and proprietor AXA. Showing incredibly well at two tastings of 2000s, the wine has a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of incense, melted asphalt, and creme de cassis as well as hints of new saddle leather and licorice. It is superbly concentrated and very pure, with excellent texture and opulence. The acidity seems low, the tannin high but well-integrated. This is a compelling 2000 that is just closing in on its window of maturity and should stay there for at least 20 or more years. Bravo! Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker

An opaque ruby red coloured wine Rich cedary aromas integrate well with meaty notes and a compote of red and black berries on the nose. The palate is bright, supple and possessed of a wonderful liveliness. The flavours are a complex juxtaposition of fresh blackcurrant leaf with more ripe and concentrated black fruits, cocoa and cedar. The wine’s alcohol is well balanced, its acidity is lively and it lasts very well. A superb example of Pichon Baron.  David Allen MW, Coe Vintners

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Valandraud, Grand Cru Classé St Émilion 12 £1,899 94 Now – 2020

The fully mature, flamboyant, exuberant 2000 Valandraud offers beautiful notes of coffee, blackberries, sweet cherries, licorice, and smoke. Medium to full-bodied with a buffet of aromas and flavors as well as sweet tannin and a plush, succulent mouthfeel, this is a terrific effort from proprietor Thunevin. It should drink well for another 8-10 years. 
Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 94

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Pichon Longueville de Lalande, 2eme Cru Classé Pauillac 18 £2,000 96 2020 – 2050

Pichon-Longueville ComtesseA spectacular Pichon Lalande. Dense purple in color, with loads of coffee, mocha, creme de cassis, and chocolate notes, this is a somewhat unusual blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and a whooping 10% Petit Verdot, with a little bit of Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot certainly gives the wine more of a tapenade, floral note, which I think can be interpreted by some as herbal. This is a rich, opulent, stunning Pichon Lalande that is beginning to drink beautifully, yet should continue to improve for at least another 10-15 years and last 30 or more years.    Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker

Almost opaque in colour, the wine still has purple highlights complementing its ruby red core. Plenty of ripe dark fruit aromas are complexed by notes of blackcurrant leaf and touches of cedar. The palate initially displays lively cassis and a lovely supple tannic structure. This medium to full-bodied wine is harmony personified, its acidity is lively and fresh but not sharp, its tannins silky, its alcohol doesn’t stand out and its oak is beautifully balanced. The finish is long and elegant.    David Allen MW, Coe Vintners

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L’Evangile, Pomerol 6 LEFT £2,450 98 Now – 2035

L'Evangile, PomerolThis is an absolutely spectacular L’Evangile. It remains to be seen whether 2009 will eclipse this great effort. Largely a Merlot-dominated blend with some Cabernet Franc in it, the greatness of this terroir is exhibited in the complexity of the nose, which offers up hints of subtle chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, truffle, barbecue smoke, and graphite. Dense, rich, and full-bodied, with an opulence and succulence that are prodigious, the tannins are present but extremely sweet, and the wine multi-dimensional and just emerging as a compellingly complex, head-turning beauty. Drink it now and over the next 20-25 years. Kudos to L’Evangile.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker

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Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé Pessac Léognan 18 £7,750 99 Now – 2050

Haut-Brion, Pessac-LeognanThe 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly at the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012-2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050.

Haut-Brion can be among the trickiest Bordeaux to taste young, often needing a full decade before the extraordinary complexity that marks this terroir begins to emerge. I was thrilled to see how well both the second wine, Bahans Haut-Brion, and Haut-Brion performed in this tasting, and both scores are slight upgrades.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker

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Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Émilion 60 £8,300 99 Now – 2040

Cheval Blanc, Saint Emilion

Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 99

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Chateau Margaux, 1er Cru Classé Margaux 12 £8,750 100 2012 – 2050

Chateau Margaux Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage, the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 100

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Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 75cl 12 £10,839 x12 96+ 2015 – 2050
Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac – 1 x 500cl 1 £8,500 x1 96+ 2015 – 2050

Mouton-Rothschild 2000Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target. Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 96+

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Latour, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 24 £12,500 98 Now – 2060

Chateau Latour, PauillacThe 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is “packed and stacked.” The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 98

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Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac 18 £21,800 98+ 2015 – 2060

Lafite-Rothschild, PauillacSince I gave this wine a perfect score (100), I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.  Wine Advocate # 189 Jun 2010 Robert Parker 98+

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