Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
Opaque purple-colored, the 2000 is even more impressive from bottle than barrel. A sleeper of the vintage, this expansive and dense wine exhibits impressive extract levels, beautifully pure blueberry, blackberry, and cherry characteristics with a liquid minerality as well as suave, well-integrated, toasty, espresso notes. Sweet tannin, medium to full body, and a long finish make for a sumptuous example of St.-Emilion. It should be accessible early. Glorious stuff! Anticipated maturity, 2005-2016.