Monday, February 1, 2010

** $$ Chateau Cote Montpezat, 2000, Cotes de Castillon, France - Wine Review and Rating

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Original Review, April, 2009: Chateau Cote Montpezat 2000 is from Cotes de Castillon, an area of Bordeaux, France, that tends to fall a bit below the radar screen. Sometimes - though not always - good values can be found in this region. Let's see how this one fares.

In the glass, Chateau Cote Montpezat is deep, dusty red, opaque in the middle, brick at the edges. Not surprising, since it already wearing 9 years of age. Right from the bottle, upon swirling, the nose is gamey and chewy, with a vegetable medley mixed in - sort of a beefy stew. On the palate, the vegetables come through first - a fairly flat mid-palate bringing broccoli and cauliflower, with little hints of fruit around the edges. Modest finish shows a touch of acid and tannin.

This may mold out with a bit of decant time, but right now I can only award two stars out of five. I would not return to it, and realize I own a few bottles too many already.

Gary Vaynerchuk awarded 91-92 points, saying he and his colleague Ian Dorin "stumbled on a wine that rocked our socks, came from one of the great vintages of all time, had some age to it so it drank like silk." He also said, "I was blown away by the complexities and this wine reminds me of most $30-$50 wines from the vintage!" Hmmm, not quite my take.

Updated Review, almost two years later, February, 2010, now 10 years from vintage date: ehh, no added complexity, still like sipping the dew off a wintering vine branch.  Still two stars.

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