See Decanter's vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 2001.
Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 2001
Top wines are full-bodied and elegant, but tendency towards over-concentration elsewhere.
After a mild, wet winter with an average temperature two degrees above normal, budding started early around 24 March. The excellent climatic conditions saw vintners begin their seasonal work early, and thanks to the ensuing warm, dry weather, flowering towards the end of May was rapid and uniform. Temperatures often topped 30°C. The grapes began to change colour in the first days of August and the continuing dry, warm weather helped the grapes develop gradually and steadily. However, ripening was slowed by abrupt changes in the temperature and freak storms. September and early October offered a true Indian summer, with dry, mild conditions, and vintners were able to wait for optimum maturity before picking in ideal conditions right up until mid October.
Merlot did better here than in Médoc and Graves. Wines from the limestone hills and slopes in Saint-Emilion appear to have done better than those from clay or sand. Some producers in Pomerol tend towards over-concentration, but overall a classic Right Bank vintage for cellaring.
Ausone stands out as the best in Bordeaux, with Cheval Blanc a tad behind. Angelus and the new-style Pavie are close rivals.
L’Evangile is outstanding, consistently taking top ratings from the critics. Nénin and Vieux-Château-Certan achieved fine results, with Beauregard just behind.