2000 Chateau Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan

2000 Chateau Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

99 Points Wine Advocate, 2010
99 Points Wine Advocate, 2002
98 Points Wine Advocate, 2003

Customer Ratings

Based on 4 ratings
Haut Brion Rouge Outclasses The Medoc and Cheval Blanc in an Amazing 2000 Horizontal

If you're looking for the best place to purchase wine en primeur, Japan, bar none, outdoes any other country. I won't mention the leading vendor here--for it might reek of a sales pitch--but it certainly does a classy job of handling the orders (with respect to futures, online only) and getting the wine to the consumer. If you don't live in Japan, however, this advantage does not apply to you. All that aside, thanks to the reasonable price of the wine (about 166 dollars/bottle), a fellow en primeur friend and I decided to do an event probably not yet done too much here in Japan: a horizontal blind tasting of all Bordeaux's 2000 1st Growths and the highly rated 2000 Cheval Blanc. After ten minutes, my blood was wired with polyphenol and happiness, and it became increasingly difficult to distinguish one wine from the next. Aside from the Cheval Blanc, whose absence of Cabernet sauvignon gave itself away, the only truly salient feature that enabled one of the remaining wines to stand out from the rest, even after numerous tastings without spitting, was a much-needed presence of acidity which cut through the fat of such a cloying vintage. I thought Margaux, but I was wrong. It was the Haut Brion. By far the best balanced of the 5 First Growths, this Haut Brion will please even now (if you've got the courage to test it). But how well will it please from now? This is where the number of bottles purchased often dictates if or when we dare to taste such ambrosia. My advice: wait if you dare. The wine will indeed evolve (for the better) for God knows how many decades; but will you?

The best Red Graves wine

other vintages : 1999 : 4 1998 : 5 1997 : 3 1996 : 4 1995 : 5 general note : 19.5 / 20 A myth!

Shizzle

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Bordeaux 2000

2000 Bordeaux — An Outstanding Vintage

From well before the first grapes had set on the vine, hopes were high in Bordeaux for a great vintage to mark the first year of the new millennium. In Bordeaux, the weather gods delivered and the conditions were set for one of the best vintages since 1990. It yielded beautiful, ripe, concentrated wines, complemented by ample freshness, acidity, ripe tannins, and dark, deep fruit. It is uniformly great across all regions and all levels of quality, with many lesser properties outperforming their pedigree. The results are beautifully balanced, richly flavored, and long-lived wines that are just now beginning to show their best.

Winter was mild and the spring less than perfect, with warm and damp conditions that kept growers fighting to prevent mildew from rampaging through the vineyards. Flowering was late, and June swung between a brief hot spell and cold and damp periods without much sun that continued into the first part of July. As the summer got underway, a great vintage seemed far from a likely outcome. But once the middle of July arrived, beautiful weather settled in and it was dry and sunny almost without break for the rest of the summer.

It wasn’t until one day of significant rain arrived between the 19th and 20th of September that the fine weather broke, and by then the vines were in need of a little water to relieve them of some hydric stress from the long dry spell. The thick skins the grapes had developed over the dry second half of summer and a few warm spells in September protected the grapes from splitting or excessive dilution. The rain was heavier in the Médoc, with Graves and the Right Bank seeing a bit less, but it seemed more beneficial than worrisome even though growers were wary as the rain approached.

The fine conditions returned right after the rain, and the grapes were picked under excellent conditions from then on, with the Right Bank picking in September and wrapping up by the end of the first week of October. The Left Bank enjoyed a prolonged Indian summer, with the harvest completed early in the second week of October, to the benefit of late-ripening Cabernets, which reached superb levels of maturity and balance. It is a fantastic vintage, and rare in that it was superb in both the Left and Right Banks. It will no doubt provide decades of excellent drinking as the top wines come into their primes.

Key Dates

September
Harvest begins for Right Bank Merlots

September
One day of rain, while not insignificant, seemed to be more beneficial than harmful. Fine conditions filled in for the rest of the harvest right afterwards

September
Merlot harvest on the Right Bank winds down

October
Right Bank Cabernet harvest completed

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