Walt, thanks for the notes! Most 99s I've recently had - including the Pichon Baron - have been surprisingly open and enjoyable. I suppose the saying "there aren't any good old wines, only good bottles" should be modified to "there are only good bottles!"
They remind me somewhat of '88, tannic, slow to come around and rather classic (read not fruit driven) which is the style I like and fortunately tends to get rather low scores from reviewers. I only bought 18 bottles of 2000 but have purchased more 2001 and am going back and picking up some '99s.
Aaah! Finally I meet another with my type of tastes in this region. I love the 88s - perhaps my favourite vintage of any which I've tasted any serious amounts of. And I very much like the 94s also and 2001s I've been buying quite a bit: as much as my student budget allows. 2000 I passed almost completely. I think I have three bottles - all meant for consumption fairly soon.
I wish I had shown your restraint on the 2000s. I bought a bunch on futures. I have only tried the cheapies so far - Riegnac, Bernadotte, Marjosse, etc..., but I am not impressed. Hopefully the Lynch Bages, Pontet Canet, SM, Duhart Milon, Pichon Baron, etc. will be better, or at least less modern.
I've got bad news for you. I passed on all of these. Too modern for my tastes.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.
No longer ITB.