The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Despite growing up in the shadow of the exceptional 2000 vintage, 2001 is nonetheless a wine of fantastic quality which should be enjoyed sooner rather than later!
2001 was an unpredictable vintage for producers, starting off cool to cold and ending in one of the driest Septembers in Bordeaux history. As a result of this, quality varied between the Right and the left bank. Despite the uncertainty that the vintage brought, Leoville Barton have produced a commendable wine that is drinking beautifully, "one of the stars of the Medoc" for the…