|Château Mirefleurs Bordeaux Supérieur 2000
There has been an almighty fuss over the Bordeaux 2000 vintage, with the critics who tasted the vintage early (including me) raving about its quality. Subsequently prices soared, and the top "first growths" are now hitting the shelves at £200 per bottle. Of course, the excellent vintage conditions were not confined to only the elite wines; all the way down the scale Bordeaux 2000 is one to investigate. This wine is actually made by Oddbins new parent company, Castel Frères of France, but there is no denying it deserves its place in their line up purely on merit: it has lovely fruit on the nose, which is quite deep and earthy, with a little gamy note and plenty of blackcurrant. On the palate it is ripe and chewy, with a silky texture and deep, plum and blackcurrant fruit. Fine tannins and good acidity complete a balanced, delicious picture. Drink now or over the next five years.