Clear, garnet red color. The nose is fresh, subtle, combining red fruit, prune à l’eau de vie, dry fig and cocoa. Frank, rich attack, good body with fatness. The tannins are still present but are beginning to mature giving place to roundness and finesse. Beautiful length. Enjoy it now or cellar it.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
94 Wine Enthusiast
What a perfumed, elegant, structured wine, with all the elements of fruit, wood, tannins just in the right place. It shows great tannins, powerful black and red berry fruits, denseness, and a classic, fresh aftertaste.
91 Wine Spectator
This shows a rich and dense nose of blackberry, coffee and smoke. Full-bodied, with soft and round tannins and a long, smoky finish. Very fresh and velvety. GL is really doing excellent things these days, even in less-than-easy vintages.
90 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Surprisingly accessible as well as supple, this 2001 St.-Julien reveals a deep plum/purple color along with a rich bouquet of smoke, roasted vegetables, black currants, plums, licorice, and Asian spices. Velvety-textured and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit, and a plump, expansive, plush texture, this is an atypically forward Gruaud Larose.