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 Grand Puy Lacoste, 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France, Magnum, 2001 (Front)
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Magnum 2001
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France, Magnum, 2001 Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, hand picked fruit from 55ha of gravel soil vineyards with an average vine age of 38 years. 16-18...