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In-Stock 2000 Bordeaux: Featuring Sarget de Gruaud-Larose & Clos du Marquis - 11/25/2017 - Red Bordeaux

The 2000 vintage remains a high-water mark for Bordeaux. The wines, which commanded unprecedented interest upon release, have continued to live up to all the early hype. Now approaching their second decade, they have shed any of the awkwardness of adolescence and blossomed into truly incredible wines of power, concentration, and impressive range. Given the passionate early interest, many of the 2000s left the market at a stunning clip. Nonetheless, we have secured an impressive line-up from this historic vintage. Highlighted here are the Sarget de Gruaud-Larose and Clos du Marquis. Both are impeccable wines from two highly regarded properties and offer tremendous value given their pedigree. Drinking beautifully now and still with the structure to develop for another ten to twenty years, they are great candidates to enjoy in the near term or to visit again and again over the coming years. With fewer and fewer 2000s coming to market, this is a unique opportunity to secure perfectly mature Bordeaux for well under the $100 mark.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 91 $49.99 View
2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 94 $89.99 View
2000 Yon Figeac, St-Emilion 91 $39.99 View
2000 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion 92 $64.99 View
2000 d'Armailhac, Pauillac 92 $79.99 View
2000 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac 92 $89.99 View
2000 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion 93 $89.99 View
2000 Monbousquet, St-Emilion 93 $99.99 View
2000 Rauzan-Sègla, Margaux 94 $149.99 View
2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 95 $149.99 View
2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 97 $299.99 View
2000 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (1.5L) 93 $349.99 View
2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 $649.99 View
2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L) 97 $669.99 View


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2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien ($49.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This château made a classic grand vin and the second wine is outstanding. Very rich and plummy on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. Serious concentration here. (JS, Web Only-2003)" (03/2003)

K&L Notes: Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 31%, Cabernet Franc 7.5%, Petit Verdot 3% and Malbec 1.5%.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 25, 2017

I may be partial to wines from St-Julien, but this particular bottle certainly outshines its price point by a long shot. It's drinking beautifully at present, but still shows plenty of structure to continue aging. On the palate, the wine shows plenty of bright, red fruit, elegant cigar box spice, and just the right amount of savory development. If you are in the market for a nicely aged Bordeaux that drinks beautifully, I wouldn't hesitate to try this wine.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 08, 2016

Finding perfectly stored older Bordeaux at a decent price from a good producer is extremely tough and one of the reasons we deal with so many different negociants in Bordeaux. The 1999 vintage was not one of power and concentration like 2000, it was far softer and easier to drink with nice soft-ripe fruit. My notes reflect exactly that as I told Clyde on the way home on the plane from the 1999 evaluation..."I don't think I have ever written down, tastes good so many times for young wines". The second wine of Gruaud Larose from 1999 is drinking beautifully now showing soft, warm, developed herbal fruit flavors with hints of earth and leather. The 2000 is a few years away from the perfect drinking window and is a much tighter, stronger and fresher expression with some nice red current fruit underneath the wood. Both wines are a steal for mature Bordeaux.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2016

Darker in color and more closed aromatically than the 1999, this shows the power and structure of the vintage with sweeter fruit and a deeper core of richness. This is full-bodied, chewy and classically styled with ripe tannins embedded in the crunchy currant and dark plum fruit. Decant this for an hour and enjoy with hearty food.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2016

Great structure and balance! A wine with great length and complexity with firm tannins and good acidity the 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose. This wine has dark berry fruit, underbrush and bitter chocolate notes unfold on the palate as this youthful 2nd wine begins to spread its wings.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2016

The second label of second growth Chateau Gruaud-Larose, named for one of the property's most prominent 19th century owners. The 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien shows off the strength of this millennial vintage. Big and round in the mouth with admirable weight. Lightly floral nose with characteristic tobacco notes. Lively fresh-picked blackberry fruit. Finishes firm with tannins still noticeably present. Drink or hold.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 07, 2016

I just tasted this wine (July 7, 2016). A smoky, toasty, rich and concentrated nose of red fruits. Like the 1999 but richer on nose and on the palate. This has some tannins but with decanting you can enjoy now with a rich meal. I would save this wine for a few years and enjoy the 1999 now.

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2000 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien ($89.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The nose shows loads of plum, spice and meat aromas, as well as hints of licorice. It's full-bodied, with firm, yet velvety textured tannins. It's big and rounded. If you can't afford Las Cases, try some of this. Some might call this a second wine, but it comes from a plot of vineyards not deemed worthy of Léoville Las Cases. So it's like its own estate. Best after 2009. *Ranked #14, Top 100 Wines of 2003* (JS)" (03/2003)

91 points James Suckling: "This is very open with plum and sweet tobacco notes, and a round and juicy body. Really just starting to open up. (JS)" (05/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage's classified growths. (RP)" (04/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium ruby. Superripe, exotic aromas of roasted currant, smoked meat and cocoa powder. Sweet, lush and silky, with compelling depth of texture and an intriguing gamey note. Very long finish features lush tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

K&L Notes: 92 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Robertson’s Las-Cases vertical. The 2000 displays good intensity on the nose: blackcurrant, pomegranate, a touch of raspberry and vanilla. At present, this is more generous than the 2005, although not quite the same definition and breeding. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannins on the entry, graphite and a touch of tar interlacing the dark fruits. This is very masculine and punchy at the moment, although doubtless it will mellow with another 3-4 years ageing." (07/2011)

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2000 Yon Figeac, St-Emilion ($39.99)

89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Fascinating aromas of tobacco, berry, mineral and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with juicy, fine tannins and a long finish. Best wine ever from this estate. (Web-2001)"

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A super value, this deep ruby/purple-colored St.-Emilion offers aromas and flavors not too dissimilar from a top vintage of the famed L'Evangile. Sweet blackberry and wild mountain berry fruit is interwoven with hints of raisins, plums, and white flowers. Medium-bodied and fleshy, with excellent purity and sweet fruit, this is undoubtedly a sleeper of the vintage. As the wine sits in the glass, more black raspberries seem to emerge. (RP)" (04/2003)

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2000 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion - 5 available ($64.99)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright medium ruby. Dark berries, bitter chocolate and sexy smoky oak tones on the nose. Fat, full, concentrated and lush, with strong soil character and sound vinosity, giving the wine a chewy texture. Denser than the 2001. Finishes long and spicy, with ripe, suave tannins." (05/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of earth, spice, meat and berries follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Reserved and full of finesse. Best after 2008. (JS)" (03/2003)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While not performing nearly as well as I had hoped, the 2000 Quinault lEnclos is, nevertheless, an outstanding, fully mature St.-Emilion. Raspberry, black currant, and floral characteristics are accompanied by striking elegance, but less richness and intensity than I noted seven years ago. This wine is evolving quickly, and needs to be consumed over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (06/2010)

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2000 d'Armailhac, Pauillac - 4 available ($79.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is lovely, with steeped currant, fig and blackberry fruit flavors that flow easily along with singed juniper, black tea and iron notes. At peak, but no rush, as the balance is there. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

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2000 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac ($89.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Best wine from this estate in decades. Attractive chocolate, berry and currant aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with medium-fine tannins and a pretty berry, chocolate aftertaste. Seriously good value. Best after 2009. (JS)" (01/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Haut-Batailleys ever made (it certainly rivals the 1996), this deep ruby/purple-colored wine is a beauty. Notes of raspberries, liquified minerals, cassis, and tobacco jump from the glass of this attractive, velvety-textured wine. Some tannin is there, but it is abundantly fruity, low in acidity, and is a quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. (RP)" (04/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep color. Aromas of blackcurrant, licorice and exotic spices. Dense, sweet and creamy, with notes of dark chocolate and jammy berries. Lively acids give this lovely vinosity. Finishes with lush tannins, sweet oak notes and very good length. (ST)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: Lots of blackberry and black raspberry aromas. Sweet palate entry and nice middle. Good focus and it should be a value.

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2000 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion - 8 available ($89.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A consistent winner in both quality and value, the dark plum/garnet-tinged 2000 Grand-Mayne reveals a sweet nose of blueberry pie intermixed with forest floor and floral undertones. Deep, opulent, round, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature St.-Emilion that should drink well for another decade. (RP)" (06/2010)

91 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Currants, coffee and roasted, nutty oak on the nose. Rich and vinous, with lovely inner-mouth perfume. Nicely sweetened by oaky torrefaction. Quite suave and subtle on the back end, with fine but firm tannins. (ST)" (05/2002)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A modern, smooth wine, with polished fruit and a dark purple color. The wine is full of new wood, but still dominated by liquorice and dark chocolate flavors. It should develop relatively quickly, over the next 10 years. (RV)" (06/2003)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, if a bit on the gutsy side, with plum and blueberry compote notes that have some freshness, while the charcoal- and ganache-lined grip winds up winning out by a hair in the end. About at peak, and for fans of the style.--2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 05, 2013

Really tastes like old vine Merlot! It has deepblack fruit with leathery, earthy hints and richbut-a-touch-rustic tannins. A very long wine,and a textbook 2000.

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2000 Monbousquet, St-Emilion - 4 available ($99.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is a seductive, rich, generously endowed effort revealing plenty of spice box, herb, black currant, kirsch, espresso, and toasty oak characteristics in a decidedly modern, but opulent, fleshy style. Enjoy this endearing, long, velvety-textured St.-Emilion over the next decade. (RP)" (06/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Roasted currant and black cherry scents complicated by sexy oak. At once chewy and silky in the mouth, with complex, fresh flavors of plum, redcurrant, vanilla, coffee, smoky oak and woodsy underbrush. Finishes sweet and long, with thoroughly ripe tannins. (ST)" (07/2003)

K&L Notes: Black fruit flavors. Lush and ripe with excellent structure and fine balance. Very sweet at the end.

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2000 Rauzan-Sègla, Margaux ($149.99)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "At first taste, this wine seems more new world than Bordeaux. But then the subtle, perfumed aromas and structured fruit show through, along with the clean acidity and black tannic fruits. Give this wine at least 12 years before opening. (RV)" (06/2003)

93 points James Suckling: "This is just starting to open up on the nose with tobacco, plums and currants throughout. Full-bodied, with lots of tobacco and chocolate that turns to notes of coffee and fruit on the finish. The palate is just starting to come around. Why should you wait on this? The winemaker says that it will be better after 2012. Rich and slightly austere still at the finish." (05/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Perfumed, classy aromas of dark berries, spices, licorice and bitter chocolate; a real essence of Margaux. Rich but sappy, with cassis, blackberry, boysenberry and dark chocolate flavors nicely firmed by ripe acidity. Finishes long and firmly tannic, with excellent spine and grip. By far the highest of these three vintages in tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While the bottled 2000 still reveals a certain sternness in addition to tough tannin, it is sweeter and more expansive and flavorful. The dark ruby/purple color is saturated and impressive. With coaxing, notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, earth, cedar, and spice box emerge from a relatively closed, firm, medium to full-bodied wine or, as the French would say, a classic vin de garde (for long-term cellaring). Although austere, it is a classic, authoritatively flavored effort that requires patience. I would like to see sweeter tannin and more flesh built into the mid-palate, but there is no denying the classicism and purity of this 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. (RP)" (04/2003)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This seems quite fleshy on the nose, just a touch of reduction at first although it blows away. Cranberry, strawberry, a touch of fig, then more secondary aromas coming through: saddle leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, quite opulent and generous, silky smooth tannins but there is also real backbone to this wine. As always, this wine is masculine and broody at birth but now is coming into its own and lightening up. Red-berried fruits, a touch of pepper, orange zest, tightly coiled and pointed towards the finish. Great weight and grip on the finish. Superb. Drink 2013-2040." (09/2010)

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2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac ($149.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Grand Puy Lacoste is an exceptional wine from Xavier Borie. It has a brilliant nose of blackberry, crushed stone, graphite and cedar. Putting it to one side for ten to 15 minutes reveals subtle mint-like aromas that whisk you straight to Pauillac. The palate is smooth and silky, cloaking the tannic frame of this GPL so that you barely notice it. But that will stand it in good stead for the long-term, the cornerstone of all great wines from this estate. Then there is that hint of spice on the aftertastethe show ain't over yet. Served alongside a magnum of Pichon Baron 2000, I would say that at the moment, it does not quite possess the same level of precision. However, it remains a magnificent Pauillac to cherish long-term. Tasted January 2016. (NM)" (07/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby-red. Exotic black fruits and spices on the nose, with notes of chocolate, smoke and game; showing its 29% Merlot component today. Rich, broad and chocolatey; sweet, creamy and superripe. A big, mouthfilling vintage for this chateau, combining a classic Pauillac medicinal character with the chocolatey ripeness of the vintage. Thick but nicely delineated, finishing with very broad, sweet tannins and excellent length. Like a more refined version of the 1990, says Francois-Xavier Borie. (ST)" (06/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely, elegant version, with sweet tobacco and lightly singed cedar notes now taking the lead, while dried currant and warmed blackberry preserve flavors still have their say. The lengthy finish has a gentle, supple edge, with the dried fruit showing a sweet hint. Textbook aged Pauillac. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

We tasted quite a few 2000 Bordeaux one evening on the 2015 Bordeaux evaluation tripwhat a treat, as the wines were stunning, especially the Giscours and this 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. We bought them and here they arelimited availability, of course. The Giscours was sweet and lovely, with the GPL having more strength and some tannins. Both were showing great, and they held up to Ch. Margaux and Ch. Haut-Brion, which were served at the same tasting.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2016

A powerful and very elegant wine. Developed aromatics of truffles, brown sugar, along with sweet coffee, crème de cassis, plums and wet earth. On the palate it is almost creamy and incredibly soft, but still framed by the caressing tannins. Think of it as one of those rare wines you could drink now or leave in your cellars for another 20 years easily. It is excellent!

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2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac ($299.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that have resolved themselves beautifully over the last eleven years, this wine is still an adolescent, but it exhibits admirable purity, texture, mouthfeel and power combined with elegance. One of the all-time great examples of Lynch Bages, the 2000 is just beginning to drink well yet promises to last for another 20-25+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a dense but well-defined core of currant and fig paste flavors supported by a gorgeous graphite spine. Long and authoritative, with notes of bay, pepper, leather and juniper slowly emerging on the finish. Terrific structure and integration give this a chiseled feel. No rush here. (JM, Web-2016)"

95 points James Suckling: "Another wonderful 2000 coming out of its long sleep. Beautiful aromas of berry, tobacco, herb and spice that follow through to a full palate with round, textured tannins and lots of fruit." (04/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Typical of Lynch-Bages in its sumptuous rich style, this is a resounding success for the team of Jean-Michel Cazes. With its sweet fruit, opulent but balanced wood and red and black fruit flavors, it is a wine that will develop relatively quickly but will certainly age. *Best of 2003* (RV)" (06/2003)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha and cedar complicated by scorched earth and tobacco. Big, ripe and dense, with flavors similar to the aromas and a seamless, rich texture. Though powerful and rich, with a sensual mouthfeel, it maintains a graceful, light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. Still an infant, but clearly a great vintage for this property. (ID) 94+" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This is more taciturn on the nose than Pontet-Canet ‘00, but is well defined with some lovely savoury, chestnut and black truffle aromas developing in the glass. Touches of damp moss/lichen. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, gentle grip, foursquare but good weight, blackberry, graphite, leather and cedar, chewy towards the dry, structured finish. Very fine, perhaps a little broody and introverted at the moment. But great potential. Drink 2016-2040." (09/2010)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

This wine is off the charts in qualityone of the great 2000 Bordeaux wines. Drink it now or cellar 20 more years.

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2000 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 5 available ($349.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Moueix-owned premier grand cru classé property quietly goes about producing great wines. The 2000 is a complete success, with its aromas of red berry fruits and sweet wood, its flavors cedar and truffles alongside the fine, elegant tannins. It will age slowly and reveal layers of complexity over the years. (RV)" (06/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is classy, offering alluring mulled plum and blackberry fruit notes lined with charcoal-edged tannins that soften nicely through the tobacco leaf and black teainfused finish. There's still some briary energy here too, so while lovely now, there's no rush. (Web-2016) (JM)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Amazingly youthful dark ruby. Deep, very pure aromas of dark plum, blackcurrant, violet and cherry jam. Dense, rich and suave, with multilayered flavors of bitter chocolate, fresh blackcurrant, licorice and coffee. Finishes very long and balanced, with silky tannins that avoid the astringency of some other Saint-Emilions of the 2000 vintage. Another great wine, perhaps just a little less complex than the 1998, showcasing great inner-mouth perfume and energy thanks to lively acidity, something that Berrouet feels is due to the calcaire soil. "It is also one of the biggest and most structured Magdelaines I remember," he noted. The 2000 vintage was characterized by a very large crop and a fairly rainy first part of the year, but very dry weather during the second half lead to considerable hydric stress, especially on the Right Bank. (ID)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. The opposite of flashy. The nose needs to be coaxed out of the glass, but the results are worth it. Great finesse with a notable charge of neat tannins underneath fruitcake fruit. This needs a lot of time, but all the ingredients are there. 18/20 points." (01/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like most Magdelaines, this wine builds in increments rather than blasts from the glass. A worthy rival to the great 1998, the 2000 Magdelaine has a deep ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of mulberries, black currants, and jammy cherry notes intermixed with mineral, licorice, and a hint of subtle toast. This wine is sweet, expansive, and dense, with the gorgeous fruit hiding some relatively elevated tannin. (RP)" (04/2003)

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2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 5 available ($649.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque purple color along with a potentially sensational bouquet of blueberries, black currants, graphite, asphalt and background oak. Extremely powerful, full-bodied and superbly concentrated with good acidity and high but round tannins, this massive La Mission-Haut-Brion should take its place among this estates most hallowed vintages when it hits full maturity in another one to two decades. I was surprised by just how youthful this wine tasted at age 12. If tasted blind, I would have guessed it to be around 4 to 5 years old. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. (RP)" (08/2012)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby-red. Full-blown aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, tobacco and iron. Lush, thick and ripe; really builds steadily in the mouth and explodes on the back end. Quintessential La Mission notes of tobacco, minerals, tar and hot stones. Today the 2001 seems even more sharply etched but this is denser, riper and deeper, with perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with huge, palate-coating tannins. (ST)" (05/2003)

95 points James Suckling: "This is tight and beautiful, with a firm tannin structure and a beautiful silky texture. Full and concentrated, with a destiny. In the glass it keeps evolving, notes of iodine, spices, cedar, and earth tempt the senses. This still needs some time to come together. Dont touch it until 2015." (05/2012)

K&L Notes: 97 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Farr Vintner's La Mission dinner. The 2000 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion seems remarkably backward compared to the 2005. Sultry and broody, it reluctantly reveals very pure scents of blackberry, blueberry, iodine that are joined by black olive compote with time. The palate is smooth and mellow, slightly viscous in texture betraying the concentrating within this almost saturnine La Mission Haut-Brion. This is a powerful wine, one that will only be tamed by time. Drink 2018-2045." (05/2014)

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2000 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L) - 8 available ($669.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that have resolved themselves beautifully over the last eleven years, this wine is still an adolescent, but it exhibits admirable purity, texture, mouthfeel and power combined with elegance. One of the all-time great examples of Lynch Bages, the 2000 is just beginning to drink well yet promises to last for another 20-25+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This has a dense but well-defined core of currant and fig paste flavors supported by a gorgeous graphite spine. Long and authoritative, with notes of bay, pepper, leather and juniper slowly emerging on the finish. Terrific structure and integration give this a chiseled feel. No rush here. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

95 points James Suckling: "Another wonderful 2000 coming out of its long sleep. Beautiful aromas of berry, tobacco, herb and spice that follow through to a full palate with round, textured tannins and lots of fruit." (04/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Typical of Lynch-Bages in its sumptuous rich style, this is a resounding success for the team of Jean-Michel Cazes. With its sweet fruit, opulent but balanced wood and red and black fruit flavors, it is a wine that will develop relatively quickly but will certainly age. *Best of 2003* (RV)" (06/2003)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, mocha and cedar complicated by scorched earth and tobacco. Big, ripe and dense, with flavors similar to the aromas and a seamless, rich texture. Though powerful and rich, with a sensual mouthfeel, it maintains a graceful, light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with ripe, fine-grained tannins and excellent length. Still an infant, but clearly a great vintage for this property. (ID) 94+" (01/2012)