The 2000, perhaps a much better vintage than the 1998, strikes me as a well-made, fruit-forward Bordeaux with ample tannins. Not a complex wine but thoroughly enjoyable.
As far as I'm concerned, it's a matter of taste. I'll absolutely agree that this wine is not showing extremely well today, but it is also not made with early drinking in mind. If that's your thrust, then indeed look elsewhere. I opened the 1998 for a try this weekend. The colour is dark as night, and the tannins have not yet opened up. My best guess is it will cellar well far longer than the average '98, and so if you have the space and the patience, this wine will prove an excellent investment in future drinking pleasure. Let's not talk about the 2000, because I need to hurry back and buy a box -- it will be a smash hit in ten to fifteen years.
This was another nice wine. As my name indicates, I'm not an expert so take this with that in mind. I had the 2003 vintage and I did like this wine. I found it to be very smooth, not too acidic with nice amount of tannins. It was a bit thin for a medium bodied wine but not so much that it made it difficult to drink. I'd buy it again to have with a meal.
At this price level, you can get many Rhone wines with real complexity and distinction. This Graves, on the other hand, has nothing going for it. It's not actively bad--no offensive off-flavors or overpowering tannins--but it's just dull, stingy, simple. In trying to make an early-drinking Bordeaux, the winemakers seem to have left the character out along with the tannins. But here's the thing that the new-style Bordeaux winemakers forget: For a simple, early-maturing wine to be worth drinking, it's got to taste good; Bordeaux-style austerity in a wine with few dimensions is just unpleasant.
I had bought a case of the 1998 two years ago, following a friend's recommendation. After cellaring it for 2 years, last night I decided to open up a bottle for the first time, thinking it should in early stage maturation. I was quite disappointed The nose was completely unimpressive and almost non-existing, some notes characteristic to merlot were barely felt. The disappointment continued with the taste as well. It lacked character and dimension. The finish was short and dry. I did not find any hints that it can improve with more time in the cellar.
There are much better wines at this price.
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