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2001 Camensac, Haut-Médoc

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According to Robert Parker: "...this is a solidly made 2001 offering pleasant herb and currant-tinged flavors, a hint of wet stones/damp earth, and a medium-bodied finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." (06/04)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2011 | Send Email
Holy cow I love this wine! '01 is an underated vintage in my opinion, while it's not going to be incredibly long lived or have a bunch of ultra high scoring wines, if you like classic claret you can find some great values. The Carmensac is as old school as they get. Medium bodied, earth and spice on the nose. The dark ripe fruit is fleeting as the meaty, earth power of this little haut-medoc grows. Surprising power for the vintage. A very special value for those of use that appreciate a truly old style Bordeaux

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2010 | Send Email
If you are looking for a great Bordeaux that is ready to drink now the Camensac 2001 is a good choice. It reflects the elegance of the 2001 vintage and has nice rustic characteristics. The wine starts off with nice complex aromas and then has delicious berry fruit flavors that are complemented with earthy undertones. The Camensac 2001 should got well with hearty meals.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2010 | Send Email
This was my favorite wine of the enitre tasting. At $30, it may not be a “value” in some people’s eyes, but this is a classified fifth growth and a whole lot of wine for only $30. The nose was layered with cedar, cassis, herbs and mineral aromas. The palate was integrated with currant, more herbal notes, mineral and spice. The minerality and herbal elements dominated the finish, which still has some tannic grip. A very good value in my eyes for a wine with eight years of bottle age that is ready to drink and showing nice depth.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2010 | Send Email
A superb value in a cru classé, this Fifth Growth estate sits just west of St. Julien in the commune of St. Laurent. The 2001 Chateau Camensac, Haut-Medoc is a Bordeaux in the classic style. Aromas of rich tobacco and crushed violets on the nose. On the palate, ripe red fruits - red currant and sweet red cherry. Smooth texture and soft tannins. While at the Chateau in April to taste the 2009 vintage out of barrel, we were treated to a vertical tasting of the most recent vintages all the way back to 1999. The 2001 vintage was among the top two wines I tasted, ranking just behind the 2000 vintage. I was thrilled when I saw these cases arrive on our doorstep. This wine is ready to drink now and will provide real pleasure to any lover of fine claret.

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