2000 Beychevelle, St-Julien
If any wine could be described as beautiful, then Beychevelle is beautiful. Its flavors of liquorice and blackcurrant are smooth and opulent, well proportioned. The texture is rich, ripe and generous.
Wonderful floral and blackberry aromas follow through to a compressed palate of full-bodied tannins and ripe fruit. Yet very fine and silky on the palate. Best Beychevelle I have had in years. Best after 2009.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep ruby/purple in color, with a sweet nose of black currants, earth, licorice, and mineral, the 2000 is relatively powerful and dense for the normally restrained and elegant Beychevelle. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and chewy, it is showing even better out of bottle than it was from cask. While it appears to be the finest example made at Beychevelle since the 1989 and 1982, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.
Mid crimson with lots of sweetness. Very gentle and a definite 2000. Good vintage definition from Beychevelle! Easy and only very slightly inky. Long and rich.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Exotic, highly aromatic nose features leather, cedar, roast coffee, minerals and chocolate. Smooth on entry, then a bit pinched in the mid-palate, with a faint peppery herbaceousness.
We love the 1999 and this is even better! 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. It is sweet and intense with licorice undertones, smooth silky texture, velvety with intense cassis and vanilla. This wine is elegant, forward and lush, with ripe, soft tannins that linger on the finish. Delicious! Ready before most others from this vintage.