2001 Valandraud, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As hard as it may be to believe, Valandraud's 2001 is better than their 2000...boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as a sumptuously sweet nose of Varhona chocolate intermixed with espresso roast, blackberries, cherry jam, and currants. Full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured, pure, rich, and seriously endowed, this is a brilliant effort from Bordeaux's leading revolutionary. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Enticing black raspberry and bitter chocolate aromas. Sweet, supple and broad but not at all over the top. Rich flavors of cocoa powder and spices. Today the wine's big, rich, chewy tannins are a bit stern, but the wine's length is impressive. Right-Bank Satellite Appellations and Others.
Modern, dark red with lots of new oak and black licorice character. Full-bodied, with a medium finish. Some might find this a little overdone with the oak, but it's impressive. Turns slightly short. Not as impressive as from barrel, but very good. Best after 2008.