Wine of the week

WINE OF THE WEEK

March 26, 2003|By Michael Dresser

2000 Reignac Bordeaux Superieur, Yves and Stephanie Vatelot ($30). The 2000 vintage of red Bordeaux is considered a classic year - as good or even finer than 1982. The trouble is that the famous chateaux wines that were bargains in the '80s now sell for astronomical prices. So what do you do if you want to lay down some wine for the future but don't own a major gambling operation? This Reignac is one of a new breed of nonchateau Bordeaux brands that aspire to the same quality level. By and large, it competes well with some highly regarded chateau wines (not the super-elite). It offers enticing aromas promising future development, intense wild-berry fruit, hints of chocolate and an admirable intensity. You can enjoy it now, but it really needs at least five years to develop and should age for 15 to 20 years.

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