2001 La Tour de By, Médoc

SKU #1059051

Back in again- and better than ever. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot/Cab Franc (5%) offers supple tannins at this stage--eleven years out--and earthy characteristics of forest and dark cherries. Lovely to drink now with lamb or prime rib, and a serious value in traditional Medoc red.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/5/2011  | Send Email
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One of my favorite vintages to begin consuming, now, are coming from the 2001 Bordeaux. This vintage has produced some absolutely lovely wines that show fantastically well. This 2001 is a perfect example of that assertion. Opulent aromas of cassis and cedar, with antigue-like characterteristics, this classic aged Bordeaux is complex, focused, and long. Anderson has informed me that this wonderful Gem will be one of our house reds for the month. Enjoy! 13.0% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 12/25/2011 
Gorgeous ruby in the glass with little signs of age in the color. Dark fruits & terroir on the nose. Tart, sour cherries & tannins initially showing. May need some air to soften ... Ok, so this had some air now. It reveals soft cherry, cassis & cedar notes. This is simple, old school claret for those who like old Bordeaux.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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