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. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red with a pale rim. Aromas of cassis and aromatic herbs are complicated by strong nuances of truffle and minerals. Dense, juicy and suave, displaying very pure, persistent flavors of cassis, gunflint, cedar and sweet spices. This wine really impresses with to its impeccable balance and sneaky concentration. It's drinking perfectly now, but also has the structure and acid spine to age effortlessly another 20 years. The grapes were harvested later than usual, between October 1 and 14.
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.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc