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I'v bought a few cheaper '00 bordeaux (Cantemerle, Montlisse, Chateau Rouget, Grand Corbin Despange, L’arrivet Haut Brion) and have some '96 Lagrange and '99 Sociando-Mallet.
Found what look to be some decent prices on some bordeaux (mostly '00) and wanted some advice on whether you think these are buys. The key is I'm really looking for wines that are upgrades to what I have already (or incredible values). Though none of these below may be WOW wines, I'm looking for ones that will at least develop into something pretty special.

'00 Grand Puy-Lacoste $48
'00 Barde-Haut $44
'98 Leoville-Barton $40
'00 Haut Bailly $40
'00 Chateau d’Armailhac $36
'00 La Fleur de Bouard $28
'00 Monbrison $24
'00 Chateau d’Aiguilhe $20
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With the exception of the La Fleur de Bouard, those prices seem a bit high. None of them are really approachable in the short term either. Also, these wines and many Bordeaux are simply not moving from retail shelves in Chicago. I'm expecting some moderate discounts this spring as 2001 Bdx's start to arrive.

The 2000 Haut Bailly is a heck of a nice wine. Is it worth $40 relative to the other wines out there?

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I think the Grand Puy Lacoste is a nice price. I bought mine on futures for around $40 - now market price is close to $60. It has the best chance of turning into something special in 15 years.

BTW, take the Chicago-mafia wine prices/quotes with a grain of salt... those guys get some of the best prices in the country and are spoiled rotten... Big Grin
I just know I'll get flamed for this, but...

I recently tried a 2001 Chateau Colombier-Monpelou. Yes, I know about the past performance issues of it being a mediocre wine at best. The '01 has good fruit, moderate tannins and moderate acid. IMHO, I think it is a good QPR at $19 per bottle. I have it as a daily drinker when I want a bordeau. I do have many 2000 bordeaux, but, as you know, most are not ready to drink and certainly aren't daily wines. Big Grin

I don't know that any of them will develop into something special. The best of them will probably be the Leoville Barton, Grand-Puy-Lacoste and the Haut Bailly. I've had the d'Armailhac and scored it 90 points. The best deal is probably the d’Aiguilhe.

Have you considered Haut Bergey, if your tastes align more with Parker this could be a very special wine (I think he gave it a 94?). It is still available here for about $55 I think. On the other hand, if you like Decanters ratings, look into the Dauzac which got their highest rating of 5 stars. It sells for $30. Here is a thread about the Decanter reviews.

Tasted Jan. 2003.

Cantermerle (Haut-Medoc) - Another futures order here and still at a reasonable price. Slightly disappointed in it's overly tannic finish. This wine has a very appealing earthy, woodsy, mushroomy nose and lush blackberries, earth, and lead pencil on a suprisingly tannic finish. Meant to cellar. 89+ now, 92 potential.

'00 Grand Puy-Lacoste $48- Pretty good price, buy a few

'00 Barde-Haut $44- Dunno

'98 Leoville-Barton $40 It depends on what else you have from 98, it's a maybe

'00 Haut Bailly $40- probably

'00 Chateau d’Armailhac $36- SLightly over futures prices, probably worth it

'00 La Fleur de Bouard $28- YES

'00 Monbrison $24- Dunno

'00 Chateau d’Aiguilhe $20 Dunno

AS far as what these taste like, I have no idea. I haven't had a single one (yet), but I hold 6 Armailhac, 8 GPL, and 6 F-d-B. These were all bought based on the fact that I trust experts to tell me that a wine will be good in 10-20 years. I personally wouldn't open any of these now even to try them.

Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
You don't trus me? I'm flabbergasted ...

Grossie, have you tried past vintages of those wines to know if you like the style? That's always been my hang up on buying futures based off WS/WA/Tanzer. I generally like all of the Bordeaux regions, but the ones I don't like, I really don't like. Gruard Larose turns me off. I know you bought a ton (literally) of 2000 Bdx, how many did you buy blind?
I've had past vintages of Armailhac, GPL, and Leoville Barton. ARmailhac multiple times, the others only once or twice.

I have to trust the critics because I sure as hell can't tell you what they'll taste like in 10-20 years, and I like my wines aged.

Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.

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