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 L'Evangile 2001
Chateau L'Evangile
Chateau L'Evangile 2001
Château L'Evangile 2001, Pomerol, Bordeaux 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc   This powerful Pomerol has been under the control of the winemaking team from Lafite since 1990 and in recent years the quality has been excellent. Very...
Château Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2001
Chateau Lynch Bages
Chateau Lynch Bages 2001
Château Lynch Bages, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2001  "Quite dark crimson. Very rich and seductive on the nose. Some evolution and lots of burnt mineral aromas. Lifted and fresh on the finish. But not angular and awkward. Actually rather racy and...
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...
Les Carruades De Lafite, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2001
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Les Carruades De Lafite 2001
Les Carruades De Lafite, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 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...