Covert - first of all, please note that I made a correction to the vintage of this wine. Initially, I typed in 2003 and noticed that just before I hit "submit." However, I then mistakenly typed in 2001 and actually thought that looked right. One would think I finished that whole bottle just before typing my notes. Not so...but I don't know what I was thinking. Anyhow, I was anxious to try this 2000 once again. I've been hearing that these minor league Bordeaux are drinking well now. The tannins were soft, but I think this bottle was hit with a large dose of brett. I don't mind a little barnyard, but this was a bit much or me. The funny thing is, Covert, that while I was drinking this, I thought that you probably would have appreciated it more than I.
I left the bottle on the counter last night, and when my husband arrived home from the Yankee game, he poured himself a glass. His comment was that he would have preferred the 1997 Cal cab from the night before...and that is why I don't have a chance to drink a lot of older Bordeaux. He likes more fruit in his wine.
As far as your 1996 Ducru....could I suggest you change the time frame to 5-10 years? Either way, it's nice to have something to look forward to.