Like any wine nut, I bought into the 2000 Bordeaux hype.
Considered by many wine pundits to be the "vintage of the century," I slowly assembled a few cases of assorted producers. Being budget-conscious, I avoided the first- and second-growths, but still looked for viable producers with good reputations.
After sampling a few bottles from the 2000 vintage, I can honestly say I don't get it. The Bordeauxs I've tried have been on the lean side, lacking fruit. To be fair, I've only opened the lower-priced ones ($15-$25), but you can get a decent California Cabernet for that price.
Is the good Bordeaux only in the $40 (and above) price range? Do I really have to buy a Margaux or a Petrus to appreciate the opulence of a Bordeaux?
The Priere-Lichine and Clos du Clocher are lying on their sides in the basement waiting for that special occasion, but will these be worthy of the event?
I hope so.
But I'm not convinced.
It will take something amazing to steer me away from California's red bounty.