The 2001 Château Margaux is a wine of great elegance and finesse, confirming its status as a very fine vintage. On the nose, it reveals aromas of ripe red fruits, such as cherries and raspberries, as well as subtle notes of tobacco, cedar, and vanilla. On the palate, it is rich and complex, with velvety tannins that are tender and harmonious. The fruit is fresh and pure, and the wine has a long, lingering finish. The color is deep and intense, with shades of ruby and garnet. Overall, this is a wine that is already showing great balance and complexity but will continue to evolve and improve for many years to come.
Robert Parker - 94 Points
"The 2001 Chateau Margaux continues to evolve in impressive fashion. The nose feels sensual, veering towards red rather than black fruit, with disarming purity and perhaps showing more floral/violet character than the 1999. Both display tremendous precision and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied, edgy and tensile with crisp acidity, so fresh and vital in the mouth. Tasted next to the 1996 Château Margaux, it is clear to see that the 2001 is several steps behind, yet the way it fans out with such confidence and brio on the finish assures that this has a prosperous future. Tasted May 2016."
Antonio Galloni - 93 Points
"Enticing aromas of boysenberry, cedar, espresso and roasted oak. Sweet, lush and broad in the mouth, with sappy berry and espresso flavors. This boasts the pliant texture and near-perfect balance of the vintage's best examples. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. Like so many 2001s, this is easy to taste today but may well close down in the coming year or so. "The 2001 is a smiley wine," says Pontallier, "while the 2002, though a bit stiff today, has more power and excellent aging potential. But neither ranks among our greatest vintages."