"The 2001 is a worthy rival to the 2000, which I believe is the finest Reignac yet produced. The 2001's saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of pure creme de cassis intermixed with subtle vanillin and minerals. The wine possesses gorgeous delineation, a layered texture, and superb purity, symmetry, and overall balance. It should drink well for 10-12 years after its release.
Statisticians will be pleased to know this is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon made from vines averaging 38 years of age. Yields are an incredibly small 26 hectoliters per hectare. The vineyard was de-leafed twice, crop-thinned vigorously, and the wine enjoyed such state-of-the-art winemaking techniques as micro-oxygenation of the lees, lees aging, malolactic in barrel, and no fining or filtration. This is the standard bearer for what can be achieved by a passionate proprietor who cuts yields to a minimum, and does everything right in the cellar. Reignac is the leading candidate for the finest generic Bordeaux produced year in and year out. It can compete favorably with classified growths, although it is hard to know how well it will age, or whether it will develop the complexity of a classified growth at age ten or so."