Médoc and Graves, 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

2001 was a very good year in Pauillac, which was the most consistent of left bank appellations, with top producers making wines of great richness and complexity. Margaux, Pessac-Léognan and Saint-Julien also produced some very good complex wines, although there were also some flat, diluted wines, and the Médoc as a whole was more irregular in quality than Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

Médoc and Graves, 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

2001 was a very good year in Pauillac, which was the most consistent of left bank appellations, with top producers making wines of great richness and complexity. Margaux, Pessac-Léognan and Saint-Julien also produced some very good complex wines, although there were also some flat, diluted wines, and the Médoc as a whole was more irregular in quality than Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

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  1. Château Lafite Rothschild, 2001

    Château Lafite Rothschild, 2001

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - Wine Spectator

    "...dark plum, blackberry, citrus fruit, a touch of dried apricot and a very precise finish. Superb.” eRobertParker.com

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