2001 Bahans Haut Brion
By Chateau Haut Brion
2001 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
The onset of the millesime was one for the records at Chateau Haut Brion, a year that blessed us with a vintage balancing precocious charm and enduring structure. One marks its investment appeal noting not just the pedigree of terroir but also the climatic ballet that danced through the 2001 Pessac-Leognan vintage, shaping its distinctive narrative.
Legacy Embodied in Liquid Elegance
Reflecting upon the 2001 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, one cannot help but become ensnared by its compelling evolution; a wine that spoke early of its potential, now magnificently unfurled with two decades of careful maturation. The alchemy of time has allowed this vintage to shed youthful exuberance for a cloak of regal sophistication.
From Flower to Fruit: A Vintage's Metamorphosis
The season's amiable conditions are painted across the tapestry of this wine's character; an early bloom ushered by a wet spring, followed by a serene summer culminating in an impeccably timed harvest, yielding grapes that bespoke balance and refinement. The 2001 Bahans Haut Brion mirrors its season – exuding grace and precision.
Tasting notes today reveal a rich bouquet where blackberry and cassis flirt with earthy undercurrents and whispers of tobacco – a poignant ode to its gravel-laden birthplace. On the palate, integrated tannins caress like velvet, imparting an elegance that redolent investors find most persuasive.In conclusion, The 2001 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion stands not merely as a memory etched in vinous history but as an animated chronicle of Pessac-Leognan's aptitude for creating Bordeaux wines that blossom spectacularly given time. For connaisseurs seeking to augment their collections with finesse-filled investments, this vintage is nothing short of compulsory due diligence.
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Scores and tasting notes
Always one of Bordeaux’s finest second wines, the 2001 Bahans-Haut-Brion exhibits a dark plum/ruby color as well as a sweet nose of cedar, earth, and red and black currants. Medium-bodied, with a supple texture, fine purity, and admirable length, it will drink well for 5-8 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004
Nothing too exciting on the nose: light blackcurrant leaf, a touch of wild hedgerow but develops quite nicely in the glass. Medium-bodied, good acidity, light simple and refreshing but a little simple on the finish. A correctly made, enjoyable if not intellectual wine. Tasted October 2007.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2008