2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
This shows some noticeable maturity at first, with black tea and mulling spice notes out front, but there's a lovely spine of briary tannins and finely beaded acidity that pulls this back to a fresher side as the core of raspberry pâte de fruit slowly wakes up, throwing off additional cherry, currant and plum nuances. By the time this all knits through the finish, you realize it's just a bit too soon to open this beauty. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM, Web-2016)
I am really loving the nose here, sweet ripe fruit, raspberries and strawberries, and flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and great freshness on the long finish. This is starting to open up now, this is pure and precise with just a hint of fresh herb showing the Cabernet Franc character. This still needs five years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated ruby-red. More merlot-dominated aromas of raspberry, plum, espresso, mocha and game. Silky, lush and thick, with compelling flavors of boysenberry, bitter cherry and dark chocolate. Complex, smoky, lively wine, finishing with strong torrefaction notes and lovely subtle persistence. The merlot component here goes through its malolactic fermentation in barriques. (ST)
A pure, perfectly balanced Pomerol. Streamlined, focused and extremely fruity. Nothing overly extracted about this beauty. Lovely wine. 95+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Bipin Desai’s VCC vertical in Los Angeles. A deep garnet/ruby core. The nose is closed upon first acquaintance, remaining stoic throughout. You can tell there is great fruit concentration here, but it is real sulky adolescent. The palate is full-bodied with firm, solid tannins, very fine balance, almost unyielding with the Cabernet Franc driving it along. But backwards and surly. Do not approach now and cellar for 10-15 years at least before approaching because the potential is immense. Drink 2020-2040." (07/2013)