An extraordinary vintage for sweet wines. The vintage produced good quality reds and dry whites, which were probably better than those of 1988 and 1995. A very mild winter, followed by a very rainy July, resulted in a late harvest. Harvesting continued up until mid October for the red wine, and not all of the grapes were ripe. 2001 is a classical vintage, more tannic than 2000 and with a long cellaring capacity. It was also more heterogeneous, so it is important to be selective when choosing your wines. The dry white wines are superb. Most of these wines are a beautiful combination of acidity, richness and fruit ripeness. As for the red wines, the Saint Emilions are exceptional, possibly better than in 2000. Pessac-Léognan distinguishes itself with its perfect balance. In Médoc, the Cabernet Sauvignon is not always at optimal maturity. There are some very good wines at Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac, but the Margaux requires more selectivity. The Sauternes are sublime ¿ rich, complex and well-balanced ¿ possibly one of the greatest vintages of the century.
Château Filhot - Château Sigalas Rabaud - Château Rabaud Promis - Château Rieussec - Château la Tour Blanche - Château Suduiraut - Château Climens - Château Coutet -
Château Carbonnieux - Château Haut Brion - Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Château Laville Haut-Brion - Château la Louvière - Château de Fieuzal - Domaine de Chevalier -
Château Cheval Blanc - Domaine de Chevalier - Château Branaire Ducru - Château Haut Brion - Château Latour - Château Lafite Rothschild - Château Lynch Bages - Château Lagrange - Château Gruaud Larose - Château Troplong Mondot - Château Trotanoy - Château Clinet - Château Angélus - Cos d'Estournel - Château Léoville Las Cases - Château Ausone - Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Château Sociando Mallet - Château l' Évangile - Château Léoville Poyferré - Petrus - Château Montrose - Château Talbot - Château Mouton Rothschild -