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2001 Domaine de Larrivet, Pessac-Léognan

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Second wine of the renowned Château Larivet-Haut-Brion, this is an excellent Graves made with grapes from selected young vines. The aging and winemaking methods are tailored to enhance the wine's fruity freshness. A wine very much in its prime, this is perfect for drinking now.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2010 | Send Email
This is the second wine of Haut Brion. Although the 01 could probably go a few more years, it is very appealing now. The nose has a rose perfume-like quality that adds dimension to developing blac fruit, leather, and savory aromas. Medium-bodied, with firm but mellowing tannins and a mineral vein, this was tasted after being double-decanted and open a few hours, and was showing really well. A very classy bottle for well under $20.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2010 | Send Email
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The 2000 vintage was glorified and declared a great one by so many wine writing critics and the French press (I believe that this was due to the fact that it was the turn of century date), that when the 2001 vintage came along, it was ignored. The 2001 harvest resulted in classic wines, across the board, with excellent depth of character and better acid structure. This is true, even with minor second labels from their mother estates, such as this amazingly wonderful, aged Graves from Chateau Larrivet-Haut-Brion. Deeply colored, the nose offers lush, aged, cedary, antiqueish tones to support the developed cassis, currents, and gravely minerality that explode across the tongue and into the finish. This is a stunning Gem for $16.99; in fact, it would be a stunning wine for $90.00. Anderson has informed me that we need this lovely Graves Gem in cases for our near-term consumption. 13% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2015

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2010 | Send Email
Upon trying the 2001 Larrivet at our last Bordeaux tasting I immediately bought a few for my cellar. Why am I excited about this wine? Its simple…this is truly delicious Bordeaux with bottle age, which I can drink now or cellar for a few more years. This type of value is exactly what I am seeking when trying to round out my cellar with interesting and drinkable wines that won’t break the bank.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2010 | Send Email
This mature bottle from one of my favorite Boedeaux vintages is delicious now and an amazing value in aged wine. Still lively and fresh due to the great acidity of the vintage, this finishes with a earthy sweetness that lingers on the palate. This is the 2nd wine of Larrivet Haut Brion and the quality of that great property shows through. Almost 10 years old and not even close to $20.00......WOW

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2010 | Send Email
The second wine of Larrivet Haut-Brion. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Delicious, mouth-watering red fruits. Red currant and plum. Allspice. Drink now or over the next few years. Terrific value from a classic vintage.

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.