Geoff Kelly library tasting - Super seconds: 2000 Bordeaux and blends at 20 years old - Thursday 26 November, 6pm, $195pp

Geoff Kelly library tasting - Super seconds: 2000 Bordeaux and blends at 20 years old - Thursday 26 November, 6pm, $195pp

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At Regional Wines, Beers and Spirits - 15 Ellice Street, Wellington 6011

Thursday 26 November, 2020, 6pm.

The goal of this tasting is a sampling of the 2000 vintage in Bordeaux, including some of the very best wines (as listed below) but no First Growths, at the 20-year point. Several of the wines are now virtually never experienced in ‘public’ tastings in New Zealand. The wines should be at an early peak of perfect maturity. Corks permitting, there is one wine from each of the eight main sub-districts in Bordeaux, plus highly-regarded wines from Tuscany / Italy, Yarra Valley / Australia, and Hawkes Bay / New Zealand ... as external markers. The only district doubled up is Saint-Julien, often regarded as the source of quintessential claret. How long is it since we were in a position to taste Ch Leoville Las Cases alongside Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou ?

As to the quality of the wines being offered, using only Wine Advocate (Parker et al) or Wine Spectator in one case, scores for our 12 wines range from 90 - 99, and average 94. So that gets us off to a good start … considering that the highly regarded Te Mata Coleraine has only four times ever achieved 94, and once 95, in Wine Advocate.

To whet the appetite, here is Robert Parker on the Ch Angelus (cork willing): "Approaching perfection … the wine has great concentration, a magnificent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, and well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol ... 99". All told, five of our wines qualify as ‘Super-Seconds’ – and that’s not counting Angelus ! The tasting also offers the opportunity to taste the rare and acclaimed super-Tuscan Masseto, which Is 100% merlot.

Price: I acknowledge the price is higher than any before. Production is finite, demand increases, and the trend-line is upwards, particularly for wines of the ranking nearly all of ours display. The price reflects applying the Reserve Bank Inflation Calculator to the actual outlayed cost. Please bear in mind that by the time of the 2000 en primeur campaign In mid-2001, five of the above wines had already reached (or passed) $300 per bottle. Current wine-searcher value on these wines works out to a tasting cost of well over $275 per person.

2000 Mount Mary Quintet, Yarra Valley

2000 Ch Angelus, Saint Emilion
2000 Ch La Conseillante, Pomerol
2000 Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien
2000 Ch La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol
2000 Ch Leoville Las Cases, Saint-Julien
2000 Ch Malartic-Lagraviere, Graves
2000 Ch Montrose, Saint-Estephe
2000 Ch Palmer, Margaux
2000 Ch Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

2000 Ornellaia Masseto, Bolgheri, Tuscany

2000 Te Mata Estate Coleraine, Hawkes Bay

Cancellations must be made no later than 48hrs in advance.

If sold out - please email John at to be placed on the wait list.

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