2001 Larmande, St-Emilion

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92 points Robert Parker: "The finest Larmande I have ever tasted, this sleeper of the vintage is a seamless classic that transcends its terroir and pedigree. The 2001 Larmande exhibits a deep purple color as well as a striking perfume of charcoal, black currant and cherry liqueur, incense, and vanillin. Medium to full-bodied, with a sensational mid-palate, wonderful persistence, and a beautifully balanced style, it can be drunk young or cellared for 10-15 years. Bravo!" (06/04) According to Wine Spectator: "Focused aromas of blackberries, minerals and lovely oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium, refined finish. Very fine wine. Best after 2007." (03/04) According to Stephen Tanzer: "Saturated ruby. Ripe, liqueur-like aromas of blackberry, violet and Valrhona chocolate. Fat, supple and ripe, with lovely sweetness and flavor intensity in the middle palate. In a somewhat chunky style, with good size and richness for the year. Finishes with ripe, dusty, tactile tannins and lingering sweet berry flavors." (May/June '02)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2011 | Send Email
The ’01 Larmande’s nose is layered with sage, plum and some lingering oak spice. The tannins are integrated on the palate with a soft, lush mouthfeel. The ripe plum and spice dominate the palate, but herbal, mineral and spice notes linger on the finish. This is a lovely wine that is drinking well right now.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2011 | Send Email
This wine is so good, round, lush and forward. A lovely wine—so sweet. I scored it 92+ points and so did Robert Parker.

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Saint Emilion