- Eric Rodez Ambonnay Grand Cru Millesime 2000 Product #22610 (In Stock)
One of the best values in true Vintage Champagne we’ve ever seen. Like the Cuvee Crayeres, this is a 50/50 blend of Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. About half of the base wine was aged in small oak barrels, including 10-15% new wood. The result is a powerful, deep, wine with layers and layers of flavor.
The 2000 Vintage Champagne opens with super rich aromas of strawberry, almond, hazelnut, and fresh toast. The palate is very rich and creamy, but somehow fine and delicate, too. The complex flavors feature notes of almond and grilled nuts with ripe apple fruit and a bright saline note for complexity and freshness. The finish is crisp, toasty, and very long. A great example of how oak can add depth and power to Champagne without intruding or adding woody flavors.
- Trimbach Pinot Gris Cuvee Hommage A Jeanne 2000 Product #27027 (In Stock)
The tasting notes from Tanzer and Wine Advocate are accurate as far as they go, but at 13 years of age, this has gained even more layered complexity and depth than they suggest. Now, it’s outrageously complex on the nose with notes of dried tropical fruit, mushroom, rose petal, and caramelized apple. In the mouth it’s rich without heaviness, with complex flavors that are hard to describe – perhaps honeyed pear, dried papaya, white mushroom, toasted almond, and beeswax? The light sweetness is balanced by bright acidity and a broad swath of chalky, salty, minerality, and the finish goes on and on.
Don’t worry if it’s a bit musty or shows a lot of petrol character when you first open it. Let it breathe a bit or even decant it and watch it evolve as it warms from about 50 degrees to 65 degrees or so. A wine well worth a few hours of attention all on its own, but even better with foie gras paté, salmon (smoked, raw, or grilled), seared scallops, or – of course – a classic Alsatian onion tart.
“Superripe but bright aromas of peach and honey. Very rich and honeyed; sweeter and less alcoholic than the Reserve Personnelle, and more easygoing at this early stage. Some of this fruit was picked very late, at VT weight. This very rich, long [Pinot Gris] makes the Reserve Personnelle seem almost riesling-like by comparison. Still, there only a moderate 19 grams/liter of residual sugar here.”International Wine Cellar 92 points
“The 2000 Pinot Gris Hommage a Jeanne was produced from a selection of Trimbach's best Pinot Gris parcels (all harvested at over 15% natural potential alcohol). It sports 25 grams per liter of dry extract and 19 grams per liter of residual sugar. While at most firms this wine would merit a Vendanges Tardives bottling, the Trimbachs chose to pay homage to Jeanne Trimbach, the mother of Bernard and Hubert [and grandmother of winemaker Pierre], who turned 100 in May 2000 and continues to drink Alsace's lovely nectars to this day. This gorgeous wine has mineral and smoke-imbued white peach aromas. On the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, dense, and rich. Layer after layer of apricot, poached pear, white peach, and spices can be found in its highly expressive, velvety-textured personality. It is an intensely concentrated, wonderfully balanced, fresh, and structured wine. Drink it between 2005 and 2018.”Wine Advocate 93 points
- Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2000 Product #27758 (In Stock)
Lovely already; deep and creamy.
"The first thing that is evident about the 2000 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill is its finesse and total silkiness. The 2000 is a rich, creamy and deeply expressive Winston Churchill. I don’t see the 2000 being an especially long-term ager, but it is wonderfully radiant and open today. Hints of pastry, spice, apricots and succulent ripe pears blossom on the expansive, broad-shouldered finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030."Wine Advocate 94 points