2000 Domaine de la Charbonniere "Les Hauts Brusquieres Cuvée Speciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Les Hautes Brusquieres, all from a single vineyard parcel planted high on the plateau of Chateauneuf du Pape, behind the village, is made from 100% destemmed Grenache (60%) and Syrah (40%). Malolactic fermentation occurs in both foudre and barrel, and more new oak is utilized. In contrast to the 2001, the 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres possesses a dense ruby/purple color and pungent, peppery, garrigue aromas intermixed with blackberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit characteristics. This full-bodied offering boasts layers of glycerin, sensational purity, and admirable ripeness. While it does not reveal the color saturation of the 2001, there is similar flavor intensity as well as body. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Lively, aromatic nose of candied red berries and minerals. Juicy and tightly wound, with strong material. This seems more firmly structured than this domain's other 2000s today. Finishes with fine tannins and a hint of heat. (ST)
Wonderful fruit, good intensity, long finish. Pitch-black, medium-bodied Châteauneuf, with chocolate, plum, blackberry and leather character and game and smoke complexity. Sweet oak, ripe but firm tannins, this is satisfying, and should improve after some time in the cellar.