CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE
The growth cycle got off to a good start in March after an especially mild (2-3°C warmer than average) and wet (it rained two days out of three from October to March.) winter. Fortunately, the fairly cool weather in April eliminated the risk of mildew. Thanks to mild, very dry weather, flowering took place quickly and evenly in May and June, mid-flowering on June 2nd. After a cool and particularly rainy month of July, the véraison occured without any problems before a major storm hit on August 15th (peak véraison took place on August 9th). The month of August was hot, but not excessively so. It was once again cool in September (2°C less than average). The grapes were ideally ripe and healthy on the eve of the harvest. Sugar levels were high – greater than 2000 and similar to 1999. Even though the summer of 2001 was not tremendously dry – which led to a lower concentration of phenolic compounds than the previous
year – levels were very good, higher than in 1999. The Merlot grapes were picked at 13° potential alcohol, producing fruity, rich, and generous wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes came in at 13°, and wine made from them has enormous finesse and very pure tannins. This blending of the 3 varietals has created a rich and subtle vintage, an almost perfect expression of the Palmer style.
Tasting notes from Enrico Bernardo, 12/01/2011: Intense ruby-red colour with slightly garnet-red highlights that show some age.
Complex bouquet with smoky overtones and hints of black pepper, black cherry, old panelling, wax, and blackberry. Very classic Palmer on the palate. Beautifully mature, with an attractively tannic and well-balanced aftertaste.
Tasting notes from Georges Lepré, 02/04/2009: Beautiful deep ruby color. The nose bursts on very ripe red fruits and blackberries before notes of wood, spices, violet, moss and mocha emerge. The attack is straightforward and delicate, the fruit exquisite and the tannins are very subtle. The wine develops gracefully around a lovely presence that grows smoothly and steadily and finally
takes hold before yielding to a very balanced and mellow long finish. A classic vintage, this harmonious, absolutely delicious Palmer displays breed and supreme elegance. Decant it an hour before serving.
GRAPE VARIETIES IN THE FINAL BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon: 51%, Merlot: 44%, Petit Verdot: 5%