Fresh and very youthful still with currants, flowers and liquorice character. Full body with fine tannins and a racy, fine finish.
Focused, with a still-juicy edge to the mix of black currant and black cherry compote flavors, which are giving way steadily to mouthwatering tobacco and iron notes and refined singed cedar threads through the finish. Textbook Pauillac.(Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective.) (JM)
Good red-ruby color. Sexy, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, licorice, mint, minerals and flowers. Classy, bright Pauillac, with suave dark berry and mineral flavors nicely shaped by firm acidity. Offers early sex appeal but has the structure for a long life in bottle. Finishes with ripe, spreading tannins and excellent grip and length. (ST)
Big and bloody and pretty sumptuous and attractive. Delivers all the way through the tasting experience. Luscious yet with lots of fine tannins underneath. Pichon Lalande? Wonderfully harmonious. There is freshness here too. Very long. (18/20 points) (JR)
One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. (RP)
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