2000 Chateau Charmail 1.5 L

Year: 2000
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 86-88
Jeff Leve: 89
Red Wine

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"A sturdy wine. Very ripe aromas of fruit, almost raisins, with grilled meat and toasted oak. Full-bodied, and highly extracted, with firm tannins and a long finish. A big red. Best after 2005. 10,000 cases made. –JS " (WS)

"This is the finest effort I have ever tasted from this estate. It possesses great intensity, an inky purple color to the rim, a tremendous nose of minerals, white acacia flowers, creme de cassis, and black cherries, with some licorice, vanilla, and smoke in the background. It is truly great stuff, although I would not push its aging capacity beyond 10-12 years. This intense, full-throttle offering is made from a blend of 50% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: now-2014." (WA)

"Medium ruby. Aromas of roasted raspberry, roasted nuts, black olive and smoky oak; shows a slightly generic cold maceration quality. Chunky and dense in the mouth, with flavors of dark berries and earth. Finishes with slow-building, dusty tannins. Currently offers less charm than the '99." (VM)

"This fully mature Haut Medoc, produced from an assemblage of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon offers tobacco, earth, cassis and leafy forest aromas. Medium/full bodied, with soft textures that display the patina of age, the wine ends with a red plum, earth, herb and cranberry finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer. Drink up. 89 points - Tasted Oct 12, 2011l" (JL)