Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%
Dark colour, the flush of youth is gone but otherwise no sign of development. Interesting aromas, appetising, some vegetal, more left bank than right (less towards the fig, plum spectrum).
The aromas carry through to the palate where there is also plenty of firm fleshy fruit. Quite weighty, but not extracted. Creamy consistency.
But the odd thing is how sweet it is for Bordeaux. It because too much with the main meal. Having tasted, and been impressed by the 2004 Château La Tour Figeac recently this was unexpected. After dinner the 2000 went very well with strawberries, their sweetness made the wine a little more savoury.
I hope that with age this wine becomes more savoury, rather than jammy. I find it hard to recommend it.
From the Château website.
Château La Tour Figeac 2000 (89-91)
“Deep purple-colored, with notes of ripe plums, cherries, vanilla and underbush, this sweet, full bodied, layered wine displays exceptional potential.
The moderate tannin is accompanied by more than sufficient fruit, glycerin, and extract. This 2000 will be drinkable yound but keep for two decades.
It is a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity:
Robert Parker, The Wine Buyer’s Guide Sixth Edition, 2002