2001 Bordeaux Vintage

The Harvest

Fruit from well-managed vineyards on the best sites were able to be picked at optimum maturity, often with higher sugar levels than in 2000 and with fully ripe tannins. It is these wines which offer splendid drinking in 2001 with rich, ripe flavours and full-bodied, succulent, chewy textures. Such wines can be found in all the major regions, although the greater presence of early ripening Merlot gave a slight advantage to producers on the right bank.

The Vintage

Overall, 2001 offers more fruit and concentration than 1999, more flesh and charm than 1998, whilst in most cases falling short of the glorious, concentrated 2000 vintage. In many cases 2001 is similar to that of the 1988’s with their classic flavours and elegant structures, which make for delicious drinking now. Vineyard management and wine-making has moved on considerably so perhaps 2001 is best summed up as a modern day 1988.

Chateau Branaire Ducru 2001
Chateau Branaire Ducru
Chateau Branaire Ducru 2001
Chateau Branaire Ducru Saint Julien 2001 Rich, very perfumed with ripe blackcurrant, evident oak and distinctively chocolate flavour, full yet supple and very smooth.
£72.00
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2001
Chateau Fourcas Dupre
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2001
Chateau Fourcas Dupre Listrac Medoc 2001 This wine is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. The vineyard of Château Fourcas Dupré is located on a crest of Pyrenean gravely soil at an altitude...
£27.00
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001
Chateau Leoville Poyferre
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2eme Growth 2001 Fine, rich deep and brooding. Intense with soft supple fruit and attractive finish. Another excellent wine from Didier Cuvelier. 
£97.00
Chateau Montrose 2001
Chateau Montrose
Chateau Montrose 2001
Chateau Montrose 2eme Cru Classe St Estephe 2001  Sweet notes of earth, compost, and thick, juicy black currant as well as cherry characteristics jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2001. Medium-bodied and rich, with moderately high...
£98.00
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
Château Mouton Rothschild 1eme Cru Classe Pauillac 2001  2001 Mouton is already showing secondary notes. Smoke, truffle, cassis, burnt leaves and blackberries make up the perfume. The hint of greenness in the finish is not helped by the...
£438.00
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande 2001
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande 2001
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande 2001   The 2001 has a dense, saturated purple colour and an enticing perfume of melted chocolate intermixed with coffee beans, black currant, truffle, and damp earth. The wine is impressively...
£129.00
Les Carruades De Lafite 2001
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Les Carruades De Lafite 2001
Les Carruades De Lafite 2001  Lafite's second wine has improved in quality enormously in recent years and is always a good buy. A strict selection this year means that 43% of the crop at Lafite was used in the Carruades. The very ripe Merlot gives a...
£280.00
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2001
Chateau Margaux
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2001
Pavillon Rouge 2001 The second wine of Chateau Margaux. 51% of the Chateau's crop went into this wine. Lovely, supple and refined, the texture is creamy with milk chocolate and red berries.
£185.00