Graves and Sauternes Dinner (RSJ, Southwark, London): Opaque ruby. Nose shows creamy blackcurrant, blueberry, vanilla - certainly "modern" but not OTT. Medium/full bodied, clean, plush, layers of pastilley black fruit, vanilla, cream, soft on mid-palate with moderate acidity, finish is marred by furry tannin which is concerning for ageability. ***?
Graves @ RSJ (RSJ, London): Deep ruby to purple at the core. Plush nose. Plum and tobacco. Certainly padded, but no monstrosity. The tannins are quite dry and increasingly prominent with air though. After an hour in glass, sawdust on the nose. Drink on its youthful fruit before it dries out, I think. ***?
Excellent Pessac. The wine has plenty of structure and complexity. It kept changing and changing as time went on. It gained weight as the night progressed. Food friendly and aristocratic. Still has plenty of life on it.
Unfortunately my only bottle but wow is this beauiful! Explosive nose of dark cherries, cassis, toast, sweet spices, scorched earth, some horse saddle and graphite. On the palate there are similar notes. It's medium-full bodied without any heaviness, has still medium-high acidity and medium tannin that is polished. Good and long finish. A beautiful, layered, fresh and elegant wine that's drinking perfectly right now. It's relatively modern in style but super aromatic and polished.
Decanted 7 hrs. Fairly big and intense, especially for an '01... This radiates with youthful energy. There is good length and power, no holes or weak spots, and sturdy structure which is supported nicely by fresh acids. Paired well with grilled lamb chops. While not the most complex today, all signs point to a wine with plenty of time left to develop.
Big dark wine....can definitely see some of the negative comments in terms of this being not especially Bdx and certainly ripe and full and barely showing age. 1/2 in fridge 2 days later...will see how it developed
Tasted Blind - this was a Bordeaux tasting with a Rudd ringer, and I mistook this for the Rudd. The color was deep purple with black ink swirling in the depths - very curious. Sweet purple fruits and violet floral notes on the nose. Double-decanted, but still tight with raspberries along with vanillin on the finish. Delicious, and the wine of the night according to the group.
Blind tasting, red wine flight 3 wine #6. Dark garnet with youthful crimson hue. Fresh lifted nose, elegant, lots of tobacco, cigar box, blackcurrant and nice ripe fruits. On palate, medium bodied and elegant mouth-feels, exhibits earth, blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, some herbaceous notes and subtle tobacco. Some hints of sweetness showing good ripeness from the fruits. Long lingering finish with fine chewy tannins. Drinking very well now but it will continue to improve.
Hmmm. Will this knit together? I'm not sure - today it was disjointed and rough. Coarse, heavy extraction with too much new oak for its own good. Almost Californian in its composition. It has a bawdy kind of appeal, but the Pessac isn't really coming through here and that's a problem. So if all of this ruckus integrates and lets PESSAC come through, it might work. But I wouldn't bet good money on it. Maybe I just got a bottle out of the Parker barrel.
Totally youthful still, but drinking great. Decanted over an hour. Pretty nose, floral with dried cranberries, some mint and cedar. Palate brings dark berry and nicely integrated oak with a long finish. Lovely.
Just love this wine and great value. Really fresh and excellent medium body. Dense black and red fruit, great acidity, soft tannins but enough grip to be a journey. In a really good place after 1 he decant.
Filling in w/the Friday Brown Bag Group (Mike & Judi's): Deep inky crimson color. Aromas of green tobacco, saddle leather, black currants, forest floor and earth. Medium-bodied with softened tannins and flavors of black & red currants, iodine, herbs and forest floor. Dark fruit and tobacco notes more dominant; leather and tobacco on the palate. Guessed 2000 Bordeaux. 94-95 pts.
At first, I'd not have guessed Pessac. I had set a glass aside though, and by the end of the second flight, the wine developed a dominant tell-tale road tar/scorched earth note. Just fantastic. Still a few years from peak drinking I think...perhaps 2019+. 95+ pts.
WOTN. Aromatics exploded from the glass. Clear brick red color. The nose has "man" written all over it - saddle leather, tobacco, cedar, earth and smoke. Palate simply sublime with truffle, earth and smoke. At its apogee and a star performer of 1st growth quality on this night!
Is 2001 a wonderful vintage or what? Little respect on release and yet nearly always drinkable. Pape Clement is just stunning. Still largely primary with loads of juicy, red fruit. However there is some lovely tobacco and chicory emerging that just scream of Graves. Wonderful minerality and balance, quite supple and enjoyable. Delicious!
Damn near perfect! Ruby red - Brambly black fruit, cassis, charcoal, lead, cocoa,; sweet tannins, viscosity, integrated, looooong finish... Maturing but still on the young side of life... Delicious. First bottle from half a case purchased on release.
Smoke, licorice, coffee bean, cocoa and ripe black cherry notes pop, the moment the cork leaves the bottle. Silky, soft and lush on the palate, the only drawback is the oak on the rich, finish, which is a little drying.
Pape Clement is one of my favorite wines. After Parker and Quarin rated this "same or better" than the 2000 I stoked up and never regretted it. Pape Clement, like many Pessac-Leognans, has a very special aromatic profile. Toast, smoke, forest floor, horse saddle, dark fruit, you either like it or not but you will never scold this wine for being bland/boring. I often serve this wine blind with guests, also next to first growths and it always keeps up. Delicious, medium body.
Deep crimson in the glass. The nose is relatively sweet and fruity, with some hints of graphite and tar. The wine really took me aback in the mouth, it grows and grows on the palate, to reveal many different layers of classic bordeaux flavours of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, leather etc, and really packs a decent punch. Then the real star of the show is the finish, which lasts for well over a minute. Wonderful. Drinking beautifully.
4 hour decant. Bouquet of tobacco, gravel, smoke, black cherry and a touch of graphite. Medium weight mid palate that on the back half exploded with plush textured layers of velvety dark fruit with a sweet ripe core. Took a total of 6 hours to hit its stride. Each sip was a delicious experience. The nose and mid palate were good but the finish was incredible. Drink or Hold. 96
My first Pape Clement and it didn't disappoint. Was a bit softer and opened than a 2000 Quilceda Creek cab that we drank alongside this. Flavor profile had plenty of smoke, graffite and dark chocolate covered black cherry notes. Same on the nose. Long finish. Really shined with the meal (NY Strip).
Smoke, cherry pipe tobacco, licorice, vanilla, truffle and crème de cassis scents play well with the soft, sensuous textures and an inviting, fresh, cassis and spicy blackberry finish, While not mature, this is offering a lot of pleasure today.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - Pessac-Léognan Commune Event (Bishop's): Medium ruby. While not being as pronounced as the ’03, the nose on this ’01 was utterly classic and beautiful with dark cherry and plum fruit, tobacco and smoky notes. Balanced, soft and surprisingly rich in the mouth with round tannins and perfect acidity. The finish is long and commanding with just a hint of bell pepper adding to the complexities. Very nice now but there is more to come. Excellent. 92+
This tasted very young despite slow ox most of the afternoon....main impressions for me were oak and coffee and very dark fruits....clear new world influence....I would give this more time or air...others liked it very much but compared to the 89 La Dominique just such a different animal
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting (Rich & Dana's): The lightest color of the flight, but still deep garnet/crimson in color. Aromas of tobacco, iodine, red currants and underbrush- immediately thought of Graves. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and flavors of red fruit, iodine, mint and underbrush. Earth, iodine, red fruit, dried mushroom and forest floor notes dominate as it opens further in the glass. Lovely, pure red fruit, berry and tobacco tones on the palate. Long, long finish dominated by red fruit, iodine and forest floor qualities. Impressive. 96 pts.
Last time I tried this a few months ago, I wasn't sure time in the glass made much difference to it. This time it did. An hour in the decanter and then drunk over 2 further hours and it definitely improved. 2001 seems to be the bdx vintage to drink now and this is a great example.
2001 Bordeaux Masterclass with Michael Schuster (Bordeaux Index, London): Dark oak driven colour. The ripeness of fruit and the new oak are very evident but ( even for classic bdx friends like us) produce something very nice and enjoyable. Medium mid palate that moves into a powerful and tannic finish and a long long aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much new oak but we liked it. Young and austere at this stage and we suggest a min 3 yrs more. 91-92
- Crimsom color. It's balanced with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - Tried one decanter for 2 hours and then a second decanted and poured right away. Not sure that decanting ahead of time is worthwhile now. In both cases it's a lovely wine, not sure it has much time ahead of it still.
- Garnet color and aromas of tea and tobacco. It's balanced and has flavours of tobacco, black currant, soy sauce, chocolate and burnt toast with a medium/full body. Leathery texture with a medium finish - On opening it's all fruit but quickly moves to farm. Nothing wrong with that. It tickles a little on the palate but is otherwise well rounded and good to drink. Doesn't feel like it has years ahead of it though.
Just an incredible bottle of bordeaux. Amazingly expressive nose. Deep dark color in the glass. Wonderful earth, mushroom, leather flavors and great fruit to go with it. Drinking wonderfully now but a long life ahead of it.
The nose is like a perfume of sweet smelling flowers, graphite, crushed berries, and smoky incense, really lovely. On the palate, medium body with no sense of heaviness, flavors echo the nose, adding some tar and leather. Broad, not so deep, but good length, the terroir really shines on the back end and lingers on the finish. Polished wine with very fine tannins. The nose is the highlight though. Beautiful Graves.
2001 Bordeaux (Lavandou): The controversial specimen of the night. The nose retains classic Bordeaux elements of earthy tobacco, saddle and leather. It is delicate but well knit and fairly expressive. On the palate, there is a polished sense of roundness that some called international and modern Bordeaux. I think that it is a valid point, but one that should not be said disparagingly. I find the wine to be a stylistic preference. Those that have enjoyed Smith Haut Lafite and (perhaps less so) Lascombes of late will also enjoy this Pape Clement; it has that sense of craft to it while still retaining its left bank heritage. Others who prefer rustic wines that have a track-record of adding depth, complexity and pitch with significant bottle age may understandably approach this with skeptical caution.
Popped and poured 1 hour later. Dark fruit on the nose. Wine is balanced and tannins mostly soft and integrated. This is a wine some will call international or modern, but it is pleasurable and quite quaffable.
Dark red, ripe black plum, coffee, blackcurrent nose; rich blackcurrents, black plum and dark cherry flavors, very full body, soft tannin, lots of "good" merlot character; well integrated fruits , tannin and acidity, smooth, long finish
From Magnum. Powerful aromatics of dark plum and cherry with dusty earth, smoke, leather, and cedar. Fruit forward on the full bodied palate. Quite a bit of tannin remaining on the long finish. Nice structure. A great wine and showing very youthful.
Full bodied prince of wines with a pitched black purple color with aromatics that that joust the senses moment by moment from flowers to perfume. The lead pencil is slight,the camphor conjures, the cassis captures and the plums mix with the cherry in a rich multi-dimensional crown of fruits surrounded by silky tannins and a caressing finish.
Don't even think about this wine without at least a 2 hour decant. Pretty dull upon opening but opened into a really nice wine, Graphite is the most prominent characteristic. Very good but I am not sure it is worth the price.
Dense and concentrated. Lots of dark flavors, burnt oak, licorice, espresso, black olive, walnut with a juicy deep fruit. Long somewhat bitter finish. Classy, suave and full flavored. Has some nice green herbs as well. This is drinking a bit young, but not closed. Good now but this will continue to evolve for years to come. Very very nice. B++
Dark ruby color. Coffee with beautiful French oak on the nose. Tastes of blackberry, currant, mocha, espresso and caramel. Well balanced. Rich complex finish. More rustic than I remember. The worst showing of the four times I've had this wine. The depth and complexity was just not there as in past experiences. Off bottle? Closed down? Who knows. A very good wine nonetheless.
This delicious, complex and close to mature wine blended smoke, spice, tobacco and currants in the perfume. Full bodied and with the texture of silk, this rich wine ends with a long supple, ripe, fruit filled finish.
Open for 2 hours. Gorgeous nose of graphite, red berries, musk, and sweet tobacco. Same flavors on the palate, medium body but good extract, nice integration, velvety texture, decent length and finish. Delicious, very good wine, not as impressive as a bottle drank a year ago.
Now this is a wine! Decanted for 15 minutes then rebottled, the wine was then andouzed for an hour at my sisters.
Brilliant fruit and richness combined with flavors of damp earth, pipe tobacco and sandalwood---I really love graves wines and this is such a finely balanced with with depth, vigor and full body. The second from 6, it again affirms my appeal of the 01 vintage and the subregion. If the economy turns around, I will be a buyer of more recent vintages.
Stupendous concentration this extraordinary achievement is a royal purple color with a fabulous nose of beautiful plum fruit, spice and cassis. A fuller bodied but velvet textured perfectly balanced wine with a forever lovely finish.Best Pape I've tasted.
Charming nose of dark flowers (violets?), sweet cassis, lots of dark coffee roast lifted by chinese mentholly herbs and hints of eucalyptus. The aromas stretch deep and started to reveal pain grille and some cucumber slices too. Full voluptous sweet cassis, black ripe plums and just a light coating of extra dark chocolate. All these framed by smooth velvety hot chocolatey texture. Excellent sense of structure, balance and undomineering power. Nicely rolls seamlessly over the palate from start to finish.
A gorgeous showing for this hedonistic bottle of wine. The nose is filled to the brim with ripe (nearly jammy) fruit, herbs, spice, and licorice notes. Medium-full bodied. Expansive on the palate. Solid finish. If time in the cellar allows this to develop a little more complexity it'll be killer. Shocked to see that I've consumed just shy of a case of this one- but it's delivered consistently - only one sub-par bottle in the bunch.
Intense dark purplish. Perfumed nose of cassis, sweet ripe plums and berries, aromatic mocca and animal notes. Layers upon layers of flavours attack the palate which had lots of good purple fruits, mocca black chocolate. It's just amazing. This has strenght and depth executed with precise military precision in a scholarly style. Big ...Yes...Over the top...No! Restrained by fine velvelty viscous tannins and an extremely eternal finish. Voluptuous without being over-revealing. I have another half bottle and am looking forward to tasting it in 10years.
Jimmy Hendrix deep purple this spicey alcohol bomb is rich in plum intertwined with camphor. Highly concentrated with a long simmering finish, this is a lovely wine that will just evolve to higher heights. Glad to have 11 more and two mags.
Bright blackcurrant nose. Tastes of blackberries, earth, leather and mocha. Beautiful acidity. Firm tannins yet well refined and sweet. Elegant and fruit forward with enormous depth and complexity. Possessing a finish that lasts for over a minute. My favorite '01 Bordeaux. 13% alcohol.
Served at an offline in SF. Gorgeous nose of sweet fruit. On the palate: ripe, dark, tight fruit with softening tannins and ends with a dry finish. Surprising how accessible this is right now. Will really be exceptional in another 3-5 years. Very Good. WOTF.
Haut-Bailly & Pape Clément (Compass): This wine is packed, but shows itself in a fairly restrained way. Not to say that this isn't made in a modern style, it is. The fruit is sweet bordering on jammy, but I didn't feel that it got out of hand, as there were ample tannins and good acidity. Common sense says to wait on this one, although it is certainly drinking well now with some fine secondary characteristics of spice and licorice. The style of this wine is not going to appeal to everyone, yet there is no denying the talent that went into making it.
Decanted 2 hours-Toasted oak, liquid smoke & tobacco on the nose. Rich dark fruit, could be in that awkward stage between gaining secondary complexities while integrating the oak, similar to other 2001's I've tried. Great structure and solid feel but needs more time. 91+
Grand Jury Chicagoan - 2001 Cab Merlot (Restaurant Michael): Beautiful nose is complete akin to Wine I with minerals, pencil shavings and sweet red currants. The palate has red currants with tar and minerals adding complexity. Medium-to-full in body. Intense on the mid-palate with great persistence and weight. Seemed to be another Bordeaux. 93 – 95 points. My #2 WOTF. Group’s WOTF by a hair over Wine K.
Backstreet wine bistro - Eucalyptus, black fruit, cranberry, and tobacco. Tasted with the 99 Mouton and 00 Haut Brion so it was not as complex of a wine as the others in the flight but man a nice wine.
Tried a bottle of this at friends and it clearly is a great wine, but needs time. The aromas burst out of the glass poured just after opening of the bottle but then it closed down slowly over the next hour although not fully. We still enjoyed it and drank it up before it could make a comeback. Waiting 3 to 5 years seems the right thing to do. But it's a super wine, with lots of fruit and soft but noticeable tannins. It's balanced and opulent. The rating is sure to go up with some waiting.
This is way too soon to be opening this wine, but it is a delicious crime. Tons of red fruit but also a mineral, tobacco and cedar underpinning that is unquestionably Bordeaux. For those who thought this wine was too "international" I say try it again. I thought it was not going to be to my taste, but I love it and just want to give my remaining bottles a good 10 years of cellar time. This has all the goods to be monumental wine at maturity.
Expressive, "modern" nose of black almost jammy fruit, spices, black coffee, chocolate, graffite and liquorice. The palate is big and expansive, but with classical Bordeaux restraint and elegance. Good balance between fruit, tannins and acidity. Not too sweet, somewhat dusty ripe tannins, ripe black fruit, refreshing citruslike acidity, herbs and spices, liquorice etc. The aftertaste is maybe a bit short for so big a wine. But all in all certainly a very good wine that's drinking well already.
Beautiful youthful color, dense purple with a bright magenta rim. Upon opening the bottle, it was all charcuterie and smoke, and a curtain of oak and tannin covering faint black cherry and hints of currant. The fruits took two hours to make a showing, but after 5 hours of decanting, the fruit really started shining: ripe black fruits and currant. The smoky, meaty complexity remained. Wonderful now, but I'm going to try to save this one until 2010; its potential is enormous.
Doug brought this to my house, and we drank it along with some '02 Bordeaux that I had opened the night before. Even better than I hoped, the nose was just bursting from the glass with notes of smoke, cassis, raspberry jam, menthol, and an incredibly strong earthy/stony element. Sexy, voluptuous texture, with loads of red and black fruit that just coat the palate. Complex and beautifully proportioned, with a very long, expansive finish. I'm sure this will improve with age, but it's oh-so-good right now. Right up there with Latour as my wines of the vintage.
The STG and Me take on 2001 Bordeaux (Susan's House, Seattle, WA): What a funky nose on this. Stinky. Some urine and ripe cheese. Reminds me on the nose of Bandol. Decent fruit, but again the horsey/sweaty profile comes through on the palate. Unique, especially in this tasting of young, "clean" Bordeaux. Enjoyable on its own terms.
STG Does 2001 Bordeaux (Susan's house): Last year my wife called me from Costco and said that she had 6 bottles of this in her cart. I told her that we had bought enough 01 Bordeaux, so she should put them back. Why? This was the wine of the tasting. The nose showed wonderful campfire and black fruit elements. The palate had strong minerals with roasted fruits. Like many of the other wines it was long and sweet. What separated it from the other wines were the silky tannins. Yum.
Smoke,graphite,tobacco and vanillin.Fullbody and high glycerin.Overwhelming acidity on the attack like most 2001s.Palate of mocha and minerals.Good structure and fine tannins.Good finish.Withhold rating as acid is just too much for my liking.