Performing even better than I remember, former proprietor Eric Prissette’s 2000 may be the finest wine he ever made at this modestly sized St.-Emilion estate. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color with little evolution, abundant notes of melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, coffee, and chocolate, and a hint of toasty oak in the background. It is a full-bodied, layered, rich wine to enjoy over the next decade. (RP)
Medium ruby-red. Sexy, smoky aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, musky espresso, chocolate and smoke. Lush, fat and expressive, with very sweet flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, game and chocolate; already rather open-knit. With its compelling volume, glyceral texture and uncanny mouth coverage, this could easily be mistaken for a top California wine. Finishes with a very fine dusting of tannins and lingering sweetness. Will offer great early appeal. (ST)
Still youthful, with engaging blueberry and blackberry confiture flavors that have nice energy, pushed by singed apple wood and licorice notes but staying fresh thanks to brambly tannins. Still has a ways to go.—2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web-2016)
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