July 6, 2020 - Deep / medium garnet on appearance.
On the palate, it's full of cassis, cedar, tomato leaf, pencil lead and dark fruits. It is obviously lighter and not as rich as 2000. Perfect balance of primary and tertiary notes. Tannins are largely resolved. It's a fairly well made classic Pauillac for an off-vintage.
June 24, 2020 - Classic mature Bordeaux nose. Ready immediately upon uncorking, but advise decanting for sediment removal. Great choice for a patio dinner of cold steak and tomato salad.
May 21, 2020 - 13% alcohol. The cork is not that long, but it is dense and virtually un-penetrated. Decanted 75 mn ahead. Dark colour with some fading and the onset of browning at the edge of the rim.
The nose has good intensity with blackcurrant and the harmonious remnants of oak élevage. The mouth is stricter because of highish acidity, whereas the tannins are largely resolved; in that sense, this wine is balanced much more like a Burgundy than a Médoc, let alone a Pauillac (and no, I did not say that it tasted like Burgundy). Pretty good on its own terms nevertheless, with good fruit and a balance tilted to the bright side.
I like it, but I will add that the Lynch-Moussas 2004 that I had recently was much more Pauillac-like, in spite of the ostensibly inferior vintage and pedigree.
I am getting too old to buy these stern Médocs, so the repurchase status does not arise.
Went well with new lamb cutlets.
May 15, 2020 - Am beginning to see the beauty of “off” vintages of Bordeaux. Okay, maybe not off per se - less heralded, more like. On the nose, dark cherries, some cedar and graphite and very faint whiffs of tobacco. This was so elegant, so balanced - left me wondering why I was such a points whore (and bought mainly sexy vintages) in my early Bordeaux collecting days. I seem to enjoy good but unheralded vintages a lot more - 01 and 04 spring to mind. Of course, nowadays I hardly ever buy Bordeaux any more, but that is a tale for another time. Drank over 3 days.
May 2, 2020 - beautiful Bordeux great nose, red fruits, fine and silky tannins , perfect now, don't wait much longer,
March 28, 2020 - Drink now, don’t wait.
March 24, 2020 - Popped and poured, and drank over 90 minutes. Ready to go right away. Fully mature Bordeaux, but plenty of stuffing left to last at least another 5-10 years. Red fruits, especially cherry on the back end. Fragrant nose.
March 8, 2020 - Had a case in bond shipped over. Everything in seemingly good condition, popped one and cork came out perfectly. But the wine tasted a bit off. Not undrinkable, but clearly not right. Opened one more from the case and it was the same. Had traded a couple of bottles, 1 person agreed it was an off bottle, one thought it was great. Contacted the merchant and they took back the remaining bottles for full refund :)
February 29, 2020 - My experiences with 2001 Bordeaux continue to be quite enjoyable.
Nothing too exuberant but a very balanced wine with cassis and blackberry fruits, acidity to bring freshness and a menthol note in the finish. It's drinking well but should remain in its plateau for a number of years.
February 9, 2020 - 5th of 12, opened 2 hours, perfect cork and level, flavour profile as described in my previous notes, mainly cassis led, although not particularly concentrated, very harmonious and with fine acidic lift giving life to the fruit, scope to improve further. Another fine plus showing (18).