This Haut-Medoc performed spectacularly on the two occasions I tasted it from bottle, even eclipsing its impressive showing from cask. It looks to be every bit as powerful as the 2000 ... not an easy achievement. A fabulous sleeper of the vintage, it tastes more like a first-growth than an unclassified offering. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a spectacular bouquet of lead pencil shavings, ink, blackberries, cedar, and earth. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, fabulous concentration, and moderately high tannin, this massive, atypical 2001 must be tasted to be believed. A brilliant achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.
Bright medium ruby. More exotic, smoky aromas of roasted currant and chocolate. Softer and silkier than the 2002, with an enticing, chocolatey merlot sweetness dominating the palate. But a wine of very good rather than outstanding depth, finishing with firm tannins that come across as a bit less refined than those of the 2002.
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