Barons de Rothschild Lafite Bordeaux Controlee Reserve Speciale 2000

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Douai, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (5,700 mi)
EUR 2330.40
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750ml
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Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was ... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/20/2013

Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite black currants sweet unsmoked cigar tobacco and flowers. The wine is rich medium to full-bodied but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011 but I would push that back by 5-7 years now although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting the 1996 which is a perfect wine was far closer to full maturity than the 2000. 98+ Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Jancis review: Last week I had the great pleasure of 'looking at' nearly 50 of the more<br/>significant red bordeaux from the vintage celebrating its tenth birthday. This<br/>is traditionally the time at which classical red bordeaux starts to come round<br/>and starts to provide good drinking.... <br/> <br/>Dark ruby - same colour as Ch Margaux 2000. Very light - almost soapy - on the<br/>nose. Lots of chew and potential. Polished sinewy tanins but not nearly ready -<br/>however many bottles have already been drunk in China! Appetising but wait.<br/>Green notes at the moment. This has length and potential. <br/>(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 23 Mar 2010)

Jancis review: Last week I had the great pleasure of 'looking at' nearly 50 of the more<br/>significant red bordeaux from the vintage celebrating its tenth birthday. This<br/>is traditionally the time at which classical red bordeaux starts to come round<br/>and starts to provide good drinking.... <br/> <br/>Dark ruby - same colour as Ch Margaux 2000. Very light - almost soapy - on the<br/>nose. Lots of chew and potential. Polished sinewy tanins but not nearly ready -<br/>however many bottles have already been drunk in China! Appetising but wait.<br/>Green notes at the moment. This has length and potential. <br/>(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 23 Mar 2010)

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