April 28, 2018 - Popped and poured. This is a lighter-red wine with some fine-grained sediment toward the end of the bottle. The nose is great!! I get scents of pepper, bacon, scorched meat fat, and ash. In the mouth, this is a medium-weight wine with some woodsy overtones and a spicy finish. Overall, this is a distinctive wine that is in a great spot now. Drink and enjoy! 92 points.
April 25, 2018 - This bottle was a little lighter bodied than my last and as such it came across as a little insubstantial. Lovely perfume though - an Hermitage for burg lovers!
March 19, 2018 - Pristine European Stock (at 67 Pall Mall). Spectacular! Floral with plenty of iron flavours, and the whole package held together with Burgundian (ie minimal) thickness and weight. Home run
May 24, 2015 - Difficult to rate because it might have been ever so slightly corked. Great material though. Everyone enjoyed it, but I detected a bit of dusty closet on the mouth and nose.
February 13, 2015 - If you have not yet consumed your 2001, drink it now (2015). It has started to turn. Slight hint of vinegar. Much lighter taste that described on other reviews. Drinking window is closing or closed. Your bottle's mileage may differ.
January 1, 2015 - Bad Bottle. I bought on a deal when I worked at a wine website.. they must have gotten if from someone who cooked it.. was cooked for sure.. raisny, dull and forloron.. was good for a second then fell apart.. what a shame.. brought to a nice rest for NYE dinner. Oh well that's wine.
Luckily the restaurant had a great wine list.. we had Corniellison wines instead.
June 8, 2014 - Popped and poured. This is a moderate red wine with some lightening toward the rim – it is far lighter than I expected. There is some mild sediment toward the end of the bottle. On the nose, there is meat/meat fat, briar patch, and blackberry. The nose is great, although the color and odor together leave the impression of drinking blood. In the mouth, the wine is sweet, structured, and chewy, and it leavings a lingering herbal sense. Overall, this is very enjoyable, although the nose is the best attribute; the wine is drinkable now, but undoubtedly will continue to age well. A solid buy at $74/bottle. 93 points.
April 11, 2014 - Having tasted this from magnum a year or so ago, I thought it was time to pop the first one of my own (75 cl) bottles; good choice. While still young, this is certainly starting to open up, and is actually, right if the mark, somewhat of a smooth operator for en hermitage and especially for a 2001. The darkness of Les Bessards rings through, and this is certainly your masculine image of hermitage with smoked meat, olives & garrigue galore, but don't miss the elegance and the harmony, that is here. Will live for 10 years, sans problems, but no sin to drink it now.
May 16, 2013 - Not as good as the bottle we had in Paris recently, but still very good. More advanced here. Fully evolved, won't go over the hill within the next 10 years, but not sure it will get much better. Delicious Syrah tonight.
September 23, 2012 - essentialy dead (probably heat damage)