2001 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol
This wine possess great beauty, it is almost Burgundian with its soft tannins and sweet fruit. Pure class and finesse in this, it is round and thick, long and very yummy. No need to wait on this, pull the cork. This vintage had more Merlot than the 2000 and you can tell. A subtle wine.
Very subtle aromas of blackberries, chocolate and plums follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. An excellent wine with great intensity for the vintage. Very long indeed. Winemaker and part-owner Alexandre Thienpont is a master. Best after 2009.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A brilliant effort...this 70% Merlot and 30% Caberent Franc is a deep purple-colored, fleshy, layered effort offering a sweet nose of creosote, incense, Christmas spices, plenty of red and black fruits, and hints of licorice as well as new oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with trememdous purity in addition to nobility, give it two more years of cellaring and drink it over the next following 15-18 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Pure but reticent nose hints at plum, raspberry and chocolate. Juicy and sweet but rather closed in the middle palate. Very serious merlot here: this has terrific penetration and structure for a 2001 from the Right Bank. Finishes long and gripping. A very good showing, but this wine really needs seven or eight years of additional cellaring. St. Emilion 90(+?)
Very voluptuous and many layered. Heady plump stuff. Racy too. Great tension here. A lovely bottle! (18/20 points) Drink 2012 - 2030.