2000 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1041315

Perfect with a prime rib roast or rack of lamb. According to the Hachette Guide 2004: 2 stars "... harmonious tannins will ensure a long custody." According to Wine Spectator: "Subtle aromas of crushed berries and Indian spices follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a medium finish." (03/03) Situated near Pauillac, these vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. On the stone lintel of the door's oldest vat of Verdignan there is ingraved a date: 1720! The 2000 is a great bargain from Bordeaux. Great year, and this wine just tastes very good, certainly the best vintage ever produced by this property. It is balanced with silky tannins that are complimented by great acidity and red berry fruit.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
A powerful vintage. This wine is spot on with its spicy, red fruit aromas that are a bit more closed right now than the forward 2003. Tannins are evident, but silky and round. Decant one hour and enjoy with a prime roast.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
Like the 2000 vintage, this Verdignan is firm, direct and linear. The spicy Cabernet Sauvignon is showing nicely now, but it is still very young. While I think it's okay to drink this now, I would give it at least a few hours in the decanter before hand.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2009  | Send Email
I love this wine for its dark, husky character and its hearty rusticity. This is dark and dense with earth, cedar, black olive and plenty of deep, brooding fruit in the middle. This rich, Old School bargain from the outstanding 2000 vintage has shed some of its harder edges, but there is no scarcity of depth or power. This is the best wine this property has ever produced and an outstanding value in aged Bordeaux.

 By: Muksi |  Review Date: 11/22/2009 
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The first bottle i had of this Haut Medoc fell short of my expectations, but the second bottle was really nice lots of berry flavour, very earthy and rustic.

 By: JamesK |  Review Date: 5/11/2009 
I picked up a bottle of this wine over the weekend, and opened it to accompany a plate of aged gouda on rosemary crackers. I really enjoyed the combination--the wine had enough "oomph" for the cheese, while the mild herbal tones on the palate complemented the crackers. The wine is drinking very nicely, and seems like a real bargain for a Bordeaux with bottle age, especially at the wine club price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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