2000 Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1345470 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is a massive wine with a potent, forceful nose of pear, apple, white flowers framed in toasty oak aromas and big-scaled, powerful, rich flavors and a thick, rich, wonderfully textured finish that lasts for minutes. This is palate staining and there is plenty of underlying acidity though this is such a big wine that one barely notices the acid. This will take its sweet time unfolding but it should be worth the wait.  (7/2002)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The toasted mineral and vanilla-scented 2000 Montrachet is an ample, medium-bodied wine. Its spice, flower, stone, gravel, and pear flavors are shy but beautifully detailed. This wine possesses an exceedingly long, satiny finish. (PR)  (12/2001)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Spicy oak dominates aromas of coconut and dried fruits. Large-scaled, dense and mouthfilling, with insinuating flavors of peach, honey and spice. A bit disjointed today, with the wine acids standing out. But long and subtle on the slow-mounting finish. Should make a superb bottle. 91+ (ST)  (9/2002)

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