I can’t remember the exact details of when or where I bought this 3 Liter Double Magnum but it has been many years. This is a really nice Bordeaux wine which hailed from the amazing 2000 vintage. I have saved it for the right moment and hoped it had matured nicely and was not over the hill or premature. My first concern was the crumbling cork. I ended up with it inside the bottle and my shirt getting the first tastes before my Thanksgiving guests arrived. I was pleasantly surprised and thankful for my patience.
Still beautifully purple with no signs of bricking. The nose is sublime. Leather, plums, tobacco. The initial taste is very smooth, refined and balanced. More creamy purple fruits and leather show up as the wine works its way along. The tannins show up on the mid palate in a very subdued way. The finish has vanilla, plum torte and cassis berries. The tannins really kick in after a while and are gripping on the finish. 91 points and drinking nicely till 2023 at the least. I found it online for $30 but it got terrible ratings from the pros. I disagree but maybe that is because mine was in a large format bottle. I love aged Bordeaux and this one hit it on all cylinders for me. 5 stars if you are looking for a good deal on something that offers freshness with old world charm and some secondary flavors of maturity starting to emerge. Salut….