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Vintage information 2001:

The reds were neither deeply coloured nor obviously extracted, some critics were disappointed. Whether your bottle comes from the Côte de Beaune or the Côte de Nuits, be aware that some superbly fine and pure red wines were made. The very best will give their brothers from 2002 strong competition, and they always had finer tannins than 02.
The whites were a little less round than 99, 00 or 02, but can have nicely linear and concentrated fruit.
Jan.2010

 

 

2001 Romanée-Conti, Romanée-ContiJul. 2004
Unlike London, the bottles here consistently showed no ruby tones – virtually the same shade of medium, medium-plus cherry red as the other wines. Versus La Tâche there’s more obvious spice that goes together with a melange of red and black fruits. Given time in the glass there’s a higher-toned floral aspect. Sweet, concentrated palate that is a little understated, but continues to understate itself for over a minute on the finish! Slowly evolves a cedary aspect to the finish.
2001 Romanée-Conti, Romanée-ContiMar. 2004
In the tasting glass, this wine is a shade lighter in colour vs La Tâche, it’s also the only wine in the line-up to show some ruby colour. The nose starts with a blast of fruit and spice – very much like La Tâche – but closes down much faster. A quarter of an hour with the glass yields a few more floral notes, and then something a little green that morphs into a cedary pencil-lead note. The palate is very round, without the initial fireworks of the La Tâche, in fact it’s very understated. This is a wine that you could easily overlook after La Tâche and the RSV, but what sets it apart is the crystalline purity of fruit in the mid-palate and the faint but haunting finish. Very special