TN: Midtier 2000 Bordeaux

On a rainy Wednesday night our Bordeaux group gathered at Mortons for a loo k at some "midtier" 2000 claret. I arrived a few minutes early, to discover I was last to arrive. A couple of Champagnes awated:
2007 Calliope Champagne Taut, crisp, lemon and green apple, a little brioche. B+ (I initially wrote B but revisited with my salad)
NV Bereche Rose Champagne Red cherry and strawberry, chalky, fine mousse, B+
On to the reds (I had a chopped salad, but reverted to Champagne with that, later my filet was a welcome contrast to the young Bordeaux) (notes jotted on phone on train home and combined withmemory next day, a sp illed glass of water took out my notes)
First St Julien flight
2000 Ch. Beychevelle Herby, funky barnyard (well within my tolerance, not some others), black cu rrant and plum, nice balance. B+/A-
2000 Clos du Marquis Tart, tannic, needs time. B
2nd St Julien flight
2000 Ch. Talbot Doesn't much resemble the Cordier Talbots of old, but nice midmodern Claret . Maybe most ready to drink (I had double-decanted it and the Beychevelle a bout noon) though still young. Dark fruits, sandalwood. A-/B+
2000 Ch. Gruaud Larose A bit glossy, very ripe, this also doesn't resemble it's older versions. Bi g, powerful, a little earth.B
Margaux flight 2000 Ch. Rauzan Segla I thought this was very good though very young. Berries, cocoa, quite tanni c but the tannins are comparatively smooth. B+/A-
2000 Ch. Brane Cantenac Most muted of night, wasn't getting much. A repour later was a bit more exp ressive - some cigarbox/cedar, red fruit, but still tannic.B
2000 Alter Ego de Palmer Plums, herbs, tannin. B
Pauillac Flight with a bonus
2000 Ch. Pichon Baron Young and powerful (double-decanted night before!), big cassis fruit, some leather and forest floor. This will be a beaut. A-
2000 Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste This wasn't able to be decanted in advance, for me pretty brutal tannin. St arted coming around a bit at end- clearly a nice wine underneath, albeit in a masculine style. Black-fruited, for drinking now B/B-, but I'd love to r evisit in 10 (or 20) years.
There was also a blind wine- very herby (guesses included Loire Cab Franc a nd Figeac) , a bit of gritty tannins, a little stern. 2000 La Rose Brisson (St Emilion)
We did our usual 3/2/1 voting. Pichon Baron and Talbot were top vote getter s (16 and 14 points respectively). I think the other totals were Rauzan Seg la 4, Beychevelle 4, Gruaud 2, GPL 2, Clos du Marquis 1
Overall I think that the wines showed lots of promise, but there was nothin g that I thought at its best now. If you do try, be sure to give air.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a p arty where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivi ty, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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et. Maybe most ready to drink (I had double-decanted it and the Beychevelle about noon) though still young. Dark fruits, sandalwood. A-/B+
Ch. Talbot was the first good french wine I ever bought and thought was rea lly good. until then it was only Rioja (Tondonia and Martinez Bujanda gran reserva) that rocked my boat. I got it in a really good sale. Coming from a family that only drank 2E Piesporter and Liebfraumilch and investigated te h world of good wine this was amazing. 16y later and I know my tastes bette r, Talbot is above the typical price I buy wine in (15-50$) so I havnet had it since. But as you say "dark fruits" it seems to still fit my tastes, if it also had a rough tannic texture and some woody/earthiness.
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Michael Nielsen

As chance would have it, we had guests this WE and opened a 03 Talbot, with veal chops grilled in the fireplace. (I have no idea what this cost on release any more, but I can't imagine it was that much.)
It was pretty good for an off year, not too hot, but I thought drying just a little. Still very tannic but not over ripe, curiously on the lean side if anything, plenty of black fruit in the back of it and a beautiful nose actually. Perhaps a little over the hill, again oddly!
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