Médoc and Graves, 2000

2000 was a great Bordeaux vintage across all appellations, with a glut of opulent blockbuster wines with high tannin and impressive structure. There was wonderful consistency right across the board, and many experts consider it to be amongst the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages.

It was all thanks to a high-pressure system that hung over Bordeaux from the end of July to mid-October, with warm temperatures and just one heavy splurge of rain towards the end of September. French wine producers often say that June makes the quantity of grapes, August the style, and September the quality – and this was certainly true in 2000 – as skins thickened in August (for tannin and richness) and September ripened the grapes to the optimal degree.

The rub, of course, comes with the pricing, and the quality of the vintage together with the hype of it being the Millennium meant record-breaking prices for the leading châteaux which have sadly put them out of reach of many wine drinkers. However, on the bright side, there are many bargains from ‘lesser’ appellations that give consumers the chance to taste a great vintage, leaving the likes of Latour and Lafite to wealthy collectors and investors.

As for the whites, there were some very good Graves with exceptional purity, and balance of acidity and ripeness, although generally it was an average year, while conditions in Sauternes were not conducive to noble rot and declassified much of their produce as basic Sauternes. 

The wines

The Médoc and the Graves stole the show in 2000 with their best vintage since 1990. Harvesting took place in perfect conditions over three weeks in late September and early October, and only a few producers picked too early or too late. The best wines were richly textured, concentrated, fat and well structured with lusciously sweet fruit.

Cru Bourgeois (petit Châteaux from the Médoc) also experienced the same excellent conditions and offer the chance to taste some great value Bordeaux from this great vintage.

Médoc and Graves, 2000

2000 was a great Bordeaux vintage across all appellations, with a glut of opulent blockbuster wines with high tannin and impressive structure. There was wonderful consistency right across the board, and many experts consider it to be amongst the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages.

It was all thanks to a high-pressure system that hung over Bordeaux from the end of July to mid-October, with warm temperatures and just one heavy splurge of rain towards the end of September. French wine producers often say that June makes the quantity of grapes, August the style, and September the quality – and this was certainly true in 2000 – as skins thickened in August (for tannin and richness) and September ripened the grapes to the optimal degree.

The rub, of course, comes with the pricing, and the quality of the vintage together with the hype of it being the Millennium meant record-breaking prices for the leading châteaux which have sadly put them out of reach of many wine drinkers. However, on the bright side, there are many bargains from ‘lesser’ appellations that give consumers the chance to taste a great vintage, leaving the likes of Latour and Lafite to wealthy collectors and investors.

As for the whites, there were some very good Graves with exceptional purity, and balance of acidity and ripeness, although generally it was an average year, while conditions in Sauternes were not conducive to noble rot and declassified much of their produce as basic Sauternes. 

The wines

The Médoc and the Graves stole the show in 2000 with their best vintage since 1990. Harvesting took place in perfect conditions over three weeks in late September and early October, and only a few producers picked too early or too late. The best wines were richly textured, concentrated, fat and well structured with lusciously sweet fruit.

Cru Bourgeois (petit Châteaux from the Médoc) also experienced the same excellent conditions and offer the chance to taste some great value Bordeaux from this great vintage.

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  1. Domaine de Chevalier, Rouge 2000

    Domaine de Chevalier, Rouge 2000

    Graves, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Ian D'Agata

    “Broad, lush and sweet, with a pristine quality to the perfumed flavors of red berries, black cherry and spices. Harmonious acidity gives the wine shape and balance and a very clean, fresh mouthfeel." Ian d'Agata

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  2. New Château Calon-Ségur, 1996

    Château Calon-Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, 2000

    Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Robert Parker

    " ...One of the most unyielding wines in my tastings of the 2000s, the wine still has a very healthy, deep, dark ruby color, and earthy hints of herbs, licorice, and black currants."  Robert Parker

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  3. Alter Ego de Palmer, 2000

    Alter Ego de Palmer, 2000

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Wine Spectator

    “This is super for a second wine. Fantastic aromas of chocolate, berry and coffee. Yet very classy and subtle. Full-bodied, with a reserved rich and caressing texture. Loads of ripe and wonderful fruit in this." Wine Spectator

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  4. Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2000 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 1996

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Robert Parker

    Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996 is a classic, refined Pauillac style.

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  5. Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2000 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2000

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Robert Parker

    "A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990." Robert Parker

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  6. Château Lafite Rothschild, 2000

    Château Lafite Rothschild, 2000

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com)

    "This wine completely coats your palate, but caresses it at the same time. This is the best young Lafite ever made. A triumph." Wine Spectator

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