Haut-Brion's 2001, which was bottled late (the end of September, 2003), possesses an unmistakable nobility as well as a burgeoning complexity. Plum/purple to the rim, this blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc is playing it close to the vest, having closed down considerably after bottling. Nevertheless, it reveals pure notes of sweet and sour cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with excellent purity, firm tannin, and an angular, structured finish, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
Haut-Brion's2001 represents only 50%of the production.A blend of 52%Merlot, 36%Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12%cabernet Frank, it is more evolved and slightly lighter than its fleshier, fuller-bodied sibling, the 2000. A moderately intense perfume of iron, sweetand sour chetties, earth, smoke, black currants, plums, and licorice is followed by a medium bodied wine with excellent purity, fine density, supple tannin, and a long, persistent finish.As Haut-Brion often does in its youth, the 2001 is putting on weight.Anticipated maturity:2008-2025. Last tasted,1/03
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
The 2001 Haut Brion has added weight, flesh, and substance. It is not as dense or powerful as the 2000, but it is as noble and potentially as complex. A blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc, it is more evolved and slightly lighter than its fleshier, fuller-bodied sibling, the 2000. A moderately intense perfume of iron, sweet and sour cherries, earth, smoke, black currants, plums, and licorice is followed by a medium-bodied wine with excellent purity, fine density, supple tannin, and a long, persistent finish. Haut-Brion's 2001 represents only 50% of the production. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
Haut-Brion's 2001 represents only 50% of the production. This extremely powerful blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc reveals notes of iron, plums, black currants, cherries, earth, and smoke. The wine possesses excellent purity and medium body. It is a quintessential example of Haut-Brion's elegance and finesse. It is lighter than either the massive 2000 or stunningly convincing 1998. The 2001 is another beauty from the brilliant father and son team of Jean and Jean-Philippe Delmas. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2019.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
This has a very elegant bouquet with blackberry, briary, potter’s kiln and bacon fat with fine delineation and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness on the entry, very good acidity with red-berried fruit interlaced with cedar, graphite and leather. Very good depth, very feminine and focused with ample freshness on the finish that seems to have “filled out” in recent years.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2011|
|Score: 95||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Bright crimson. Well-knit nose but with quite marked acidity and very dry tannins. An awkward stage? Much closer to the slightly tough La Mission stereotype than either the 2004 or the 2005 tasted immediately beforehand.Drink 2012-25
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008|
Heavy and dark. Still quite blue. A bit brutal on the nose with masses of fruit – very dense and pretty luscious. Great energy. A little dry on the finish but creditable force and medium length. Introvert. Very dry tannins on the finish after a while.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|