2000 Marjosse, Bordeaux

SKU #1003867 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A great buy as well as a sleeper of the vintage, this delicious over-achiever is made by Pierre Lurton, the manager of Cheval Blanc. From his home estate, Marjosse exhibits a surprisingly saturated ruby color in addition to a knock-out nose of jammy cherries, black currants, and underbrush. A big-time effort from a humble appellation (a generic Bordeaux), it is neither complicated nor long-lived, but this is what Bordeaux so rarely does ... provide delicious, hedonistic, impeccably made wines at a low price. (RP)  (2/2002)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and fruity, with berry and floral character. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and crisp finish. Good value from Bordeaux and from the manager of Cheval-Blanc. (JL)  (3/2003)

K&L Notes

This outstanding property has made a solid 2000. Lots of black fruits on the palate, a very ripe and rich wine with a lingering finish.

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