Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

A classic right bank vintage, with Merlot being more successful here than on the left bank. Wines from the limestone hills of Saint-Emilion outshone those on clay or sand. However, there was also a small trend for certain Pomerol and Saint-Emilion producers towards making big, opulent New World style wines akin to 2000. This was a mistake, and these wines were generally over-extracted resulting in green, unripe fruit.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

A classic right bank vintage, with Merlot being more successful here than on the left bank. Wines from the limestone hills of Saint-Emilion outshone those on clay or sand. However, there was also a small trend for certain Pomerol and Saint-Emilion producers towards making big, opulent New World style wines akin to 2000. This was a mistake, and these wines were generally over-extracted resulting in green, unripe fruit.

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