2001 Château Filhot

  • 85 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 86 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 50072-2001-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    ($26-$34) Pale yellow. Licorice, stone and mint on the nose. High-toned and liqueur-like in the mouth, with the licorice note carrying through. A distinctly edgy style of wine that lacks the pliancy and unctuousness of the best 2002s. Finishes with a lingering suggestion of sultana raisin. This needs patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2004
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Bit tarty. Barley sugar. Dull.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 85

    The Filhot 2001 has a light and rather herbaceous bouquet that seems anaemic compared to its peers. The palate is simple and light, gathers some momentum towards the finish but is rather one-dimensional given the quality of the vintage. Even blind, I knew this was Filhot, and resigned myself to another frustrating under-performance.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Author: tk01
  • Self | Rating: 85

    A rich apricot colour. Simple peach and apricot fruits on the nose. Good rich texture but a lack of acidity makes it slightly cloying. Pineapple and caramel on the palate, doesn't show much complexity. Average.
    Author: biggsy
  • Self | Rating: 80

    Author: Andreas
  • Self | Rating: 16.5

    Half-bottle. Very pale in colour. Nose shows no signs of maturing, mostly primary fruit with orange peel at the front. Palate is young, not complex but pleasurable and well balanced. Orange zest, apricots and a fine saffron note on the medium finish. Acidity is not that high, maybe this is enjoyed best in its relative youth?
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: cinnamon
Acquired in 1709 by Romain de Filhot, and despite several ownership changes over the past 300+ years, the estate still retains his name today. Although the vineyard was already established when Filhot purchased it, the first vines were likely panted around 1650. Within the next century the wine had developed a fabulous reputation, eventually selling for the same price as Yquem and becoming recognized as one of the best sweet wines of the era.

Ranked as one of the 14 deuxieume cru properties in the Classification of 1855, today the vineyard covers 62 ha of the Sauternes appellation. The soil is principally sand, gravel, and clay over a thick layer of limestone. The vineyard is approximately 60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, and 4% Muscadelle with an average vine age of 35 years.

Harvest is done manually and the fruit is picked in successive passes with workers taking only the best botrytized fruit with each pass. Until recently, the wine was fermented (and matured) in fiberglass tanks. Often the wine sat in these tanks for up to two years. Now however, fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks where the wine stays for a period of 10 months before it is filtered and blended. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels (30% of which are new) for an additional 2 to 3 years.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 202 bottles owned
  • 34 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 83
    (Out of 34 collectors)