2001 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

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90 points Robert Parker: "A sleeper of the vintage, this impeccably run estate has fashioned a supple textured, complex 2001 revealing notions of dried Provencal herbs, high quality cigar smoke, black currants, plums, incense, and Asian spices. Medium-bodied with no hard edges, expansive, sweet tannin, loads of spice as well as black currant and cherry fruit, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-14 years." (06/04) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberries, minerals and dark chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. This is an underrated château that almost always makes very good wines. Best after 2005." (03/04)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
This wine is showing beautifully now. On the nose, I was delighted with the alluring note of leather and grilled steak! Dark cocoa, and fresh roasted coffee also abound. On the palate, the plums and the floral notes make and appearance, followed by the smoky and long finish. A 2001 at its finest.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2011 | Send Email
Now back in stock! The last time we were able to get a few cases of this wine it sold out within three weeks. Really shows the strength of this '01 vintage: classic style, good prices and surprisingly approachable at 10 years of age. Should have sufficient structure to age for another five to eight years, but half an hour in the decanter now reveals aromatic cedar, smoke and a hint of fresh violets on the nose. On the palate tart black currant and sweet, red cherry fruit. I enjoyed a bottle last night with ribeye steak and grilled asparagus. Beef and Bordeaux. It just doesn't get much better than that.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2011 | Send Email
Minerals abound here, and there are tons of ripe fruit flavors. This wine is a star among stars, with cassis aromas and toasty oak nuances. Lush and full on the palate. So sweet and sexy. Lovely.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2011 | Send Email
What a lovely wine. The nose is full of herbs, tobacco and minerals. Black currant and bright red fruit fill the palate along with more herbs and minerals. The long finish has tobacco, mineral and currant flavors that just keep going. The mouthfeel is integrated with some acidity and tannins still evident. This wine is ready right now.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
If you are a fan of the Graves region in the ’01 vintage, as I am, this wine will blow you away. This is lively and very fresh with complex aromas and flavors of dark currant, herb, smoke and spice. The fruit is bright and sweet and the wonderful acid balance makes the wine seem to go on and on. This is delicious, traditionally made and food friendly.

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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.