Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

A great year on the right bank, though marginally less successful than the Médoc, and harvesting took place in mid-September in optimum conditions. Merlot and Cabernet Franc ripened beautifully. Saint-Émilions were generally deeply concentrated with power and fine tannic structure for considerable ageing. Pomerols were rich, though do not possess the same depth of concentration.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

A great year on the right bank, though marginally less successful than the Médoc, and harvesting took place in mid-September in optimum conditions. Merlot and Cabernet Franc ripened beautifully. Saint-Émilions were generally deeply concentrated with power and fine tannic structure for considerable ageing. Pomerols were rich, though do not possess the same depth of concentration.

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  1. New Château du Tertre 2000

    Château du Tertre, 2000

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    “With ripe tannin, medium to full body, a layered texture, and a concentrated, impressively endowed finish, this is the finest Du Tertre since their 1979. This is a property on the move...up!" Robert Parker

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  2. Château Quinault l'Enclos, 2000

    Château Quinault l'Enclos, 2000

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2019
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    "...outstanding, fully mature St.-Emilion. Raspberry, black currant, and floral characteristics are accompanied by striking elegance." Robert Parker

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  3. Château Monbousquet, 2000

    Château Monbousquet, 2000

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - Robert Parker

    "…seductive, rich, generously endowed...revealing plenty of spice box, herb, black currant, kirsch, espresso, and toasty oak characteristics...modern, but opulent, fleshy style." Robert Parker

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  4. Château Cheval Blanc, Le Petit Cheval, 2000 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Cheval Blanc, Le Petit Cheval, 2000

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - eRobertParker.com

    "...lovely bouquet of blackberry, blueberry and crushed violets emerges and gains intensity with aeration. Fine tannins on the palate, cohesive..." eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Cheval Blanc, 2000

    Château Cheval Blanc, 2000

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 99 - Robert Parker

    "...palate has a sublime entry, almost understated until a wave of intense dark cherry and iodine crashes onto the back palate. Velvet smooth in the mouth, this is clearly a vin de garde..." eRobertParker.com

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  6. Château Ausone, 2000

    Château Ausone, 2000

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2075
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - eRobertParker.com

    "Extremely rich, full-bodied, with astonishing power, precision, and delicacy, this is a sumptuous wine that should age well for 50-60 years.” eRobertParker.com

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