Chateau Olivier - Pessac Leognan - red - 2001 - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“This foursquare, monolithic Pessac-Leognan does not possess much complexity or concentration, but it is medium-bodied, and will provide pleasant drinking over the next 4-5 years.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Olivier is a very old seigniory, dating back to the Middle Ages. It is said that the Black Prince enjoyed coming here to hunt, as the surrounding forests were so well-stocked in game. Since the 19th century, the estate has belonged to an old Bordeaux family in the shape of the Bethmanns. Château Olivier wines received official classification in 1953, for both red and white varieties.
Château Olivier is endowed with the rare characteristic of having terroirs which are equally excellent for red and white wines. Across 55 hectares of gravelly terroir over a clay and limestone base, six different grape varieties are grown.
The 2001 Vintage
The red wines of this vintage have breed and elegance. The Cabernet Sauvignon combines red berry fruit and spices while the Merlot shows silky black cherry and blackberry fruit notes with a suggestion of roasted coffee beans coming through. After a clean, lively attack, the palate develops concentration, and the finish, which continues in the same aromatic vein as the rest, displays ripe, fine-grained tannins.
From: France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot,10% Cabernet Franc