ROGER VOSS

2001: AN EN PRIMEUR ODYSSEY



Bordeaux Vintage 2001

Margaux

94-97
Château Margaux. This year's Margaux has solid, densely concentrated, beautifully shaped fruit, with supporting tannins and hints of wood. High acidity at the finish.

90-93
Château Lascombes. New ownership brings a change of style for this wine. Ripe, new-wood flavors and blackberry fruits give generous concentration.

90-93
Château Rauzan-Ségla. Fine, elegant wine, with ripe red fruits and attractive acidity. This will develop into a classic Margaux, with perfumed fruit and delicate elegance.

90-93
Château Labegorce-Zédé. An attractively perfumed wine with ripeness and delicious black fruits. The wood gives an element of power and dryness.

89-92
Château Prieuré-Lichine. Poised ripe fruit and subtle new-wood flavors make this a finely crafted wine. It finishes with attractive, bright acidity.

89-92
Château du Tertre. A ripe, rich wine with new wood and powerful fruit. Concentrated, toasty flavors give this wine an attractive future.

88-91
Château Cantenac-Brown. Generous new-wood flavors and firm tannins give an elegantly attractive wine, even though it is not rich.

88-91
Château la Gurgue. A big, solid wine, packed with ripe tannins. Will develop into a powerful, foursquare wine, with as much fruit as tannin.

88-91
Château Labegorce. A rich, closed, dry wine with firm, concentrated black fruit flavors and ripe, solid tannins.

87-90
Château d'Angludet. There is a hint of concentrated fruit here, with cassis flavors. There are also grassy, herbal tannins, which give the wine lightness and a herbaceous character.

87-90
Château Siran. Fine, poised fruit with gentle tannins. The fruit is dry, but also ripe, and the wood is already blending in well.

86-89
Château Dauzac. Firm tannins and blackcurrant fruits give this wine a ripely juicy character, even though the tannins are tight and dry.

86-89
Château Giscours. High toast and new-wood flavors dominate at this stage, but there is some ripe, dark fruit underneath the wood.


Saint-Julien

92-95
Château Léoville-Barton. The 2001 vintage continues last year's stylistic change to high toast and new-wood flavors, giving big wood tannins. The fruit has ripe, juicy sweetness and good weight.

91-94
Château Léoville-Poyferré. Concentrated, intense, dark fruits pair well with the new vanilla flavors of the wood to give a powerful wine with enormous potential.

89-92
Château Talbot. Ripe, black-fruit flavors and sweet wood combine in a very generous wine. It promises to be balanced, with the typical clean acidity of 2001.

88-91
Château Beychevelle. A hugely tannic, wood-dominated wine. Underneath, though, is sweet, jammy, perfumed fruit, finishing with clean acidity.

88-91
Château Branaire-Ducru. A firm, tannic wine, giving solid, dry fruit and black, brooding flavors.

87-90
Château Langoa-Barton. High toast and wood flavors dominate this huge, powerful wine at the moment. But the fruit is certainly there, coupled with fine, delicious acidity.


Pauillac

95-98
Château Mouton-Rothschild. This is certainly the finest of the first growths of 2001. With its huge, rich, silky fruit and a combination of power and elegance, it is a classic wine, magically poised.

94-97
Château Lafite-Rothschild. The 2001 reveals the serious side of Lafite. It has firm tannins, acidity and black fruits. It's going to be tough and dense for many years, and will probably always be a dry wine.

92-95
Château Latour. For a Latour, it seems a surprisingly soft wine. There is densely packed new wood, but the dominant element is the black, ripe fruit, which is intense and rich.

91-94
Château Lynch-Bages. A concentrated, ripe wine, but without the super-richness of some vintages from the chateau. Lovely black fruits and fine acidity give a clean, ripe aftertaste.

90-93
Château Duhart-Milon. A rich wine, one dominated by fruit rather than by tannins. Blackberry jelly flavors give a ripe, if uncomplex wine.

89-92
Château Clerc-Milon. Powerful, dense, but not concentrated fruits give this wine firmness and elegance, too. A successful performance in 2001.

88-91
Château Haut-Bages-Libéral. Solid and concentrated, full of black fruits and ripeness. The tannins pack quite a punch at this stage, but will surely be tamed by the fruit.

88-91
Château Pontet-Canet. A lightly perfumed wine, with spicy wood flavors and sweet fruit. Big tannins, combined with blackberry jelly flavors, give it an immediate attractiveness.

87-90
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse. Sweet, new wood flavors dominate this finely balanced wine. There is ripe fruit, followed by quite powerful sweet acidity.

Saint-Estèphe

88-91
Château Phélan-Ségur. Already well in balance, this wine has blackcurrant jelly flavors and ripe fruit. The tannins are subordinated to the fruit.

87-90
Château Cos Labory. A solid, closed-up, dry wine, with firm, concentrated, black-currant fruit hiding under dominant tannins.

87-90
Château Haut-Marbuzet. Jammy, ripe fruit makes this an immediately delicious wine, with black jelly flavors and ripeness.

87-90
Château Tour de Pez. Big, serious, dominant fruit. The tannins are present but not that powerful.

86-89
Château les Ormes de Pez. Spicy aromas of new wood lead to a palate of black, juicy fruits with excellent ripeness. Attractive, but not complex, this wine will develop fairly rapidly.

Médoc and Haut-Médoc

90-93
Château Citran, Haut-Médoc. Huge, ripe fruit and concentrated wood flavors give this wine a rich, intense feel. Acidity is present, giving freshness to the aftertaste.

90-93
Château de Lamarque, Haut-Médoc. A solid wine, with big, beefy tannins and excellent ripe, black fruit. A fine exercise in power.

89-92
Château Rollan de By, Médoc. Ripe, spicy fruit supported by big, firm tannins. A well-structured wine that will develop nicely.

88-91
Château Preuillac, Médoc. A solid, well-structured wine with sweet acidity and big, new-wood flavors.

Graves and Pessac-Léognan

94-97
Château Haut-Brion. While well-structured with fine tannins, it is not a densely packed wine. There is beautifully judged, generous fruit, with ripe blackberry flavors, which suggests that this is going to be a medium-term Haut-Brion.

92-95
Château la Mission-Haut-Brion. Fine tannins and structure give this wine shape, but the dominant characteristic is the ripe, black cassis fruit.

92-95
Château Pape-Clément. Toasty, new-wood-dominated wine, with excellent ripe, structured fruit as a background at present. It has all the ingredients to develop well.

91-94
Château Bouscaut. A big, rich, fruit-dominated wine, from a chateau that is showing great improvements. Good wood and fine, smooth black fruits already show nice balance.

91-94
Château de France. A sophisticated, polished, modern wine with blackcurrant aromas, spicy new wood flavors and great black fruits. Very ripe and stylish.

90-93
Domaine de Chevalier. Rich and spicy, full of new vanilla flavors and attractive, sweet fruit, but with no sense of long-term structure. The wine will be great to drink in about 10 years.

90-93
Château la Tour-Haut-Brion. A firmly structured wine, with rich fruit and spicy new-wood flavors. It is surprisingly accessible, with juicy fruit and delicious acidity.

89-92
Château Haut-Bailly. Dry, dusty tannins form the dominant note in this wine. There's also caramel-flavored new wood here, along with style and elegance.

89-92
Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Big fruit tannins give this wine a great sense of power and structure. The wood is much less dominant and provides a fine backdrop to the fruit.

88-91
Château la Louvière. A hugely tannic, structured wine. Big and powerful, the tannins currently dominate the fruit. But that should change.

Saint-Emilion

96-99
Château Cheval Blanc. This is a densely woven wine, with huge, ripe black fruit, tobacco and chocolate flavors. It is a classic vintage for Cheval Blanc, combining power with elegance.

94-96
Château Beauséjour, Duffau-Lagarrosse. Firm, but with lovely, generous perfumed fruit, ripe acidity and fine new wood. Beautiful perfumed aromas and flavors make this wine a huge success.

93-96
Château Angelus. Elegance and perfume ooze glamour and wealth. The fruit is ripe, the tannins are coming into balance and the acidity is discreet.

93-96
Château Figeac. A big success this vintage, rich and generous, with concentrated, powerful tannins and huge, black fruit. Despite the power, there is no sense of over-extraction, just great fruit.

92-95
Château Canon. A ripe, classic wine, with powerful sweet fruits and spicy wood. The fruit has firm tannins but also generosity.

91-94
Château Belair. Opulent, ripe wine, with juicy cassis and perfumed fruits. A very generous, open wine.

91-94
Le Dôme. Dark, almost black wine, with dark, concentrated fruit. Spicy, toasty and almost brooding in its power, it leaves a solid, chunky, ripe finish.

91-94
Clos Fourtet. With this firm, dry style of wine, solid tannins support ripe fruit. Spices and herbs and black-pepper flavors give a good sense of power.

90-93
Château Beauséjour-Bécot. There are aromas of spicy tobacco and sweet, black fruits. An elegant wine, with ripe cassis, finishing dry.

90-93
Château Faurie de Soutard. Dusty, fine tannins and smooth, rich, extracted fruit give this wine great and immediate appeal.

90-93
Château Grand Mayne. Tough tannins and a firm but sweet fruit structure suggest this wine will be relatively long-lived for the vintage.

90-93
Château de Valandraud. Aromas of new wood. A huge wine with ripe fruit. It is very sweet, with piles of sweet tannins, very creamy and smooth.

89-92
Château Canon la Gaffelière. A limpid, juicy, fruity wine, with a fine backbone of tannins. Solid black fruits give it good depth of flavor.

89-92
Château Magdelaine. A ripe, comparatively soft wine, with sweet tannins and rich tobacco aromas. Spicy fruit and dusty tannins give a generous overall impression.

89-92
Château la Tour Figeac. Deliciously ripe and rich, packed with sweet fruit and concentrated intense flavors.

88-91
Château la Gaffelière. A very perfumed wine, both from the new wood and the ripe fruit. Sweet flavors, but a good tannic structure to finish.

87-90
Château Berliquet. Under the direction of Patrick Valette, formerly owner of Château Pavie, this estate is producing great ripe, modern wines, with spicy new-wood flavors.


Pomerol

94-97
Château Pétrus. Enormous fruit, with dry but ripe tannins and a dense, complex structure, give this wine almost a brooding personality. There is certainly great power, but it still leaves a clean, almost poised impression.

93-96
Château le Bon Pasteur. A very ripe style of wine, with flavors of chocolate and new vanilla wood. It is certainly extracted, but the fruit remains pure rather than too concentrated.

92-95
Château la Cabanne. A fine, classic style of wine, combining elegance with sweet fruit and a streak of jammy flavors. The sweet tannins give the wine structure.

92-95
Château Clinet. Concentrated fruit and big, solid, extracted fruit tannins give the impression of a wine that is very opulent for the vintage.

92-95
Château Trotanoy. This wine combines dry, complex fruits and sweet generosity. Concentrated, powerful tannins go with rich fruit. This will be a real wine for aging.

90-93
Château La Fleur Pétrus. Very sweet fruit, almost jammy, with rich new wood and ripe flavors. It just exudes sweetness and opulence.

89-92
Château Latour à Pomerol. A generous, ripe wine with big wood and fruit flavors. There is concentration here, as well as ripe tannins.

88-91
Château Vray Croix de Gay. Sweetness, softness and rich, cassis flavors give a general impression of openness and pleasure.


Sauternes and Barsac

94-97
Château Rieussec. An almost perfect Sauternes, with just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of opulent botrytis flavors. A delicious wine, with the sense that it will age almost indefinitely.

93-96
Château de Myrat. The vineyard that came back from dereliction has finally found its form, with a 2001 that has elegance, ripe and balanced fruit and a sense of style. A great wine; everything is there.

93-96
Château Rabaud-Promis. Rich and concentrated, with extraordinarily powerful botrytis flavors. A simply stunning wine, with huge rich fruit to finish.

92-95
Château Guiraud. Spice and citrus aromas come from this opulent wine. Typically of Guiraud, it is rich rather than sweet, giving a sense of great power.

91-94
Château Rayne Vigneau. A stylish wine, dominated by orange-marmalade and dry botrytis flavors over ripe, but not-too-sweet fruit and pure acidity.

91-94
Château Suduiraut. This wine comes down on the side of elegance, rather than power. Dry botrytis flavors and ripe fruit leave a great sense of style.

90-93
Château Broustet. A delicious, complex wine, combining power, fine, dry botrytis flavors and very ripe fruit.

89-92
Château Doisy Védrines. A drier style of wine, with dominant, dry botrytis and bitter marmalade flavors and excellent concentration.

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