2001 Arnauld, Haut-Médoc
Chateau Arnauld is located between Margaux and Moulis, on a large gravel outcropping on the edge of the Gironde, neighboring Chasse-Spleen and Poujeaux. The oceanic breezes off the Gironde estuary keep vines cool, promoting long, even ripening for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted to these mineral-rich, high-draining soils. The blend is typically about half Cabernet and half Merlot, often with a bit more Cabernet. The wines are made in a traditional style made to withstand the cellar: black-fruited with spicy complexity from barrel, a rich midpalate, and fine tannin structure balanced by natural acidity. To quote Jancis Robinson, "Having tasted a wide range of 2001 Bordeaux now that they have reached the magic age of 10 years, many of them in a single tasting very recently...the red wines have benefited from so many years in bottle, they look considerably more charming than they did at just a few months old. In fact those who bought 2001 red Bordeaux en primeur should feel quite pleased with themselves." (04/2011) This 2001 is in its optimum drinking window and will drink beautifully alongside 'entrecôte' (or New York strip) with a mushroom Bordelaise sauce.