Chateau Puygueraud 2000 & 2001 (Review)

89 points (for both vintages)

Appellation Bordeaux Cotes de Francs 13%

Presumably a largely merlot based wine the 2000 has some of the fruitcake flavour of a St. Emilion but without quite the palate weight. Some bitterness which many would find confronting.

The 2001 is fresher, lighter, brighter acids, more a modern cabernet, just a touch New World.

Both are very good wines for what they are. Real bargains. I’m giving them equal points, though the 2000 has more depth, because the wine making on the 2001 is particularly fine.

Both drink well now but should continue to do so, indeed even improve, over the next four years. The 2001 being more attractive early for its age, though should age just as well.

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