See Decanter's vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 2000

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Good vineyard management after a wet winter means Saint-Emilion ranks with the great years. Pomerols rich and full but perhaps missing the éclat of the 98s

Weather Conditions

This is clearly a very good to exceptional vintage but one that had to be worked for. The winter months were wet and sultry and mildew a constant threat in May and June. Good vineyard management was essential. Hot, dry weather in August and September helped turn the situation around. Producers were then permitted the luxury of harvesting at will at optimum levels of maturity with virtually no rain until 10 October.

Best Appellations

The earliest Merlots were picked 14 September with good alcohol potential (around 14°). The rest were harvested by 28 September in good conditions. The majority of the Cabernet Franc was picked during the week of 2 October. Most producers agree that it was exceptional, providing a key element to the top wines. The Saint-Emilion s have depth, an attractive fruit character and the best (generally from clay-limestone soils) a powerful but fine tannic structure that will permit long ageing. They rank with the great years. The Pomerols are rich and full but perhaps missing the density and éclat of the excellent 1998s.

Best Producers

Saint-Emilion: Angélus, Ausone, Belair, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Cheval Blanc, Clos Fourtet, La Mondotte, Pavie, Pavie-Macquin, Rol Valentin, Le Tertre Roteboeuf

Pomerol: Clos l’Eglise, l’Eglise-Clinet, l’Evangile, Lafleur, Pétrus, Trotanoy, Vieux Château Certan