Bordeaux Satellites, 2001

2001 was a reversion to the more classical style of Bordeaux following the heady opulence of the blockbuster 2000 vintage: cool-climate wines of elegance, restraint and balance, with pure fruit and nice firm tannins. It was a particularly good year on the right bank, but over-shadowed by 2000, and doesn’t get the praise it deserves.

2001 was also an irregular vintage due to a nice warm, dry growing season, marred slightly by August storms that prevented perfect ripening. September and October saw near perfect conditions and nice, slow ripening which tends to produce wines of finesse and elegance.

As for pricing, 2001 offers more ‘bang for you buck’ than other recent hyped vintages, especially as growers dropped their prices significantly in order to push sales through. A very good vintage for wine drinkers who appreciate traditional Bordeaux.

2001 produced some very good crisp, aromatic dry whites with nice vitality. It was also a great year for the sweet whites of Barsac and Sauternes where the onset of botrytis was perfect – producing wines of wonderful balance between sweetness and acidity. 

The wines

The top châteaux of Bordeaux’s right bank satellite appellations again surpassed their underrated status.

“St.-Emilion and its satellite appellations (especially the Côtes de Castillon) continue to provide many excellent wines, often from little known estates and terroirs.” eRobertParker.com (April 2002)

Bordeaux Satellites, 2001

2001 was a reversion to the more classical style of Bordeaux following the heady opulence of the blockbuster 2000 vintage: cool-climate wines of elegance, restraint and balance, with pure fruit and nice firm tannins. It was a particularly good year on the right bank, but over-shadowed by 2000, and doesn’t get the praise it deserves.

2001 was also an irregular vintage due to a nice warm, dry growing season, marred slightly by August storms that prevented perfect ripening. September and October saw near perfect conditions and nice, slow ripening which tends to produce wines of finesse and elegance.

As for pricing, 2001 offers more ‘bang for you buck’ than other recent hyped vintages, especially as growers dropped their prices significantly in order to push sales through. A very good vintage for wine drinkers who appreciate traditional Bordeaux.

2001 produced some very good crisp, aromatic dry whites with nice vitality. It was also a great year for the sweet whites of Barsac and Sauternes where the onset of botrytis was perfect – producing wines of wonderful balance between sweetness and acidity. 

The wines

The top châteaux of Bordeaux’s right bank satellite appellations again surpassed their underrated status.

“St.-Emilion and its satellite appellations (especially the Côtes de Castillon) continue to provide many excellent wines, often from little known estates and terroirs.” eRobertParker.com (April 2002)

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