Les Grands Chênes, located in the Médoc appellation, has been producing wine since 1880. Prior to the planting of the vines, this estate was actually used as a military fort. I purchased this estate in 1998 as I was quite taken by the quality of Merlot, a variety that I truly believe enhances the quality and ageability of any great Bordeaux wine. In fact, our 38 hectare vineyard is planted 70% to Merlot. The unique terroir of the Medoc -- gravelly, rocky, limestone deposits -- contributes a unique mineral texture and mouthfeel, making the structured wines from this area perfect for long, graceful aging.
After the hype of the 2000 vintage in Bordeaux, a vintage like 2001 went somewhat unnoticed and under-appreciated. Although not as bold and powerful as 2000, the 2001 vintage produced wines of stunning balance and minerality that have aided in their longevity. Recently tasting this wine gave our team a new appreciation for just how well the wines of Les Grands Chênes can age gracefully with still much life in the bottle.
This vintage is a blend of 70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc.
90 Points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator - “Impressive, with wonderful blackberry, spice, chocolate and vanilla character. Soft and medium-bodied, with a caressing texture and a long finish. I like this one. Best after 2008. 6,000 cases made.” Tasted March 2004.