2001 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
*Editors' Choice* This is a marvelously complete wine, with its impressive ripe fruit, shining through the open structure. It is firm, but not too much. Stone black fruits are just perfectly ripe. There is just a core of dryness to compliment the rest of the wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a deep ruby/purple-colored, stylish, sexy concoction of raspberries, graphite, smoke, minerals, and flowers. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless St.-Julian displaying velvety tannin, medium body, and sweet concetrated fruit in a stylish, well-constructed, elegant style. The tannin is unobtrusive and well-integrated. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Aromas of roasted plum, tobacco, chocolate and smoky oak. Suave and vinous, with lively acidity giving the wine excellent balance. Not especially powerful but a lovely, classic midweight.
This is wonderfully perfumed, with blackberry, plum and light cherry character. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Outstanding. Close to the 2000 in quality. Best after 2007.
Mid ruby. Very light scent with a hint of game. Just a tiny bit animal. Good bite and orange-peel zest. Good balance and a hint of mint too. Solid stuff. Drink 2011-2025. (17/20 points)