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05.26.2004

New York Times: Bordeaux 2000 Vintage, but under $25

The New York Times recently published a set of reviews for Bordeaux wines from the stellar 2000 vintage all under $25.

Here's what they selected:

Blason d'Issan Margaux - 3 stars - $25
Earthy, with classic mineral and cedar aromas and a touch of elegance.

BEST VALUE
Clos Puy Arnaud Côtes de Castillon - 3 stars - $19
Supple and lush with lots of California-style fruit; a solid wine with depth.

Château Lalande-Borie Saint-Julien - 2.5 stars - $21
A very modern style, with plenty of rich fruit and juiciness that you taste right away.

Château La Tour-Carnet Haut-Médoc - 2.5 stars - $24
Closed and very tannic, but underlying fruit and earthy, mineral qualities indicate a good potential to evolve.

Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan - 2.5 stars - $22
Soft and fruity, well knit and pleasing with persistent flavors.

Château Cantelys Pessac-Léognan - 2 stars - $23
Medium body and texture with good balance of fruit and mineral flavors.

Château La Tour de Mons Margaux - 2 stars - $18
Medium-bodied and mildly tannic, with a nice balance of fruity, herbal and earthy aromas.

Château Haut-Corbin Saint-Émilion - 2 stars - $22
Floral aromas, fruit and mineral flavors; small scale yet elegant.

Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe - 2 stars - $25
A smooth, soft and lightweight offering from this well-known chateau.

Château La Commanderie Saint-Émilion - 2 stars - $25
Closed and tannic now, but has the makings of a good wine with rich fruit.


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Alder Yarrow wrote:
07.07.04 at 4:16 PM

Here are a few more from the Pittsburg Tribune Review:

2000 Château du Gazin, Canon-Fronsac (7702, $11.99): This primarily merlot-based wine from the right bank of the Dordogne River has an appealing dark fruit nose, then engaging flavors of ripe dark fruit with dusty tannins and good balance. It is drinking very well. Recommended.

2000 Château Plagnac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois (4553, $16.99): A gold medal winner in the 2002 Paris Wine Competition, the wine opens with dark fruit aromas followed by concentrated, tasty flavors of dark fruit with minty accents layered on firm, ripe tannins and a classic, fine finish. Highly recommended.

2000 Château Lamothe Bergeron, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois (7718, $17.99): This regularly listed and widely distributed wine opens with round, fruity black cherry aromas with oaky accents followed by ripe fruit flavors with mint accents layered on a classic Bordeaux structure of elegant, ripe tannins and firm acidity. Recommended.

2000 Château Bertineau St.-Vincent, Lalande-de-Pomerol (Specialty 19134, $17.99): The dark purple color bursts with sweet, concentrated aromas of black fruit and accents of mint and oak followed by attractive, ripe flavors of delicious dark fruit, again with soft, ripe tannins and excellent overall balance. Highly recommended.

2000 Château Olivier, Pessac-Leognan, Graves Grand Cru Classes (Specialty 19448, $23.79): This wine was the class of the tasting. It was not surprising, though, because it is a classified growth with a slightly higher price. It opens with a dark purple color and deep black fruit and cassis aromas with hints of bell pepper and mint. That is followed with concentrated, delightful dark fruit flavors, soft ripe tannins and fine acidity. Highly recommended.

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