Vinous – 93
The 2001 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has a fragrant bouquet that does not quite deliver the same riveting delineation or focus as the DRC and comes across a tad more stemmy and tertiary in style; crushed rose petal notes emerge with time. The palate is well balanced, quite edgy and spicier than the DRC, leading to a mineral-rich, energetic bitter cherry finish. This improves in the glass, gaining cohesion and more finesse after 60 minutes, so a long decant will not go amiss. 2,376 bottles produced. Tasted at the DRC/Leroy comparative dinner in Hong Kong.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
Robert Parker – 91
The medium ruby-colored 2001 Romanee-St.-Vivant has a highly expressive nose of super-ripe grapes, blackberries, and violets. Medium-bodied, it slathers the palate with layers of floral blackberry and cassis flavors. This fruit-forward wine displays outstanding depth, a plump, flavorful personality, and the some hints of stemminess in the finish. It should be drunk over the next 6-7 years. Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy liked both the 2000 and 2001 vintages, stating that she was â€œrather pleased with the 2001s as they will bring lots of joy to those who drink them youngâ€ and that the 2000s â€œare candied fruit, reduction of fruit, the essence of fruit.â€ Many Burgundians chose to bottle their 2001 early in order to â€œtrapâ€ the fruit in the bottle, but Bize-Leroy beat them all to the punch, having completed the bottling process by early September, 2002. Typically an early bottler, Mme. Bize-Leroy felt that the 2001s would lose their fruit to either oxidation or the required sulfuring if left in the barrel for a longer elevage. Overall, Domaine Leroy’s 2001s are a success, though many were found to reveal stemmy, woody tannin in their finishes. If this characteristic melts away quickly, my scores on those wines will appear overly conservative. Importer: Martine’s Wines, San Raphael, CA; tel. (415) 883-0400
Anticipated maturity: 2003-2010