Consider the fact that in nearly every case, you could go to a ch?teau and ask if they still had a wine from a vintage, say 50 years ago. And, they do. Why? Because they can. Of course, some wines last more than others, but the fact that many Bordeauxs last a lot longer than wines from almost any other area is truly a very fascinating point. I remember talking with some new, smart-aleck winemaker about 30 years ago whose first vintage was priced at $75.00. I asked why and he said, "We tasted our wine against Ch?teau Latour and thought it was better and would last 50 years in the bottle."
Chateau de Francs wasn't even a chateau until the 1960s, and not particularly distinctive either. It wasn't until Hubert de Bouard de la Forest, who owned Chateau Angelus, and Dominique Hebrard, former co-owner of Chateau Cheval Blanc, took it over that it turned into a spectacular producer. That's like saying Ferrari and Porsche got together and decided to build a car.
It is interesting to note that the 2001 vintage is not only still around, but incredible. It wasn't talked about much because the 2000 vintage was so hailed. But, the pedigree of the vintage shows up in the now mature and integrated flavors brought about only by aging in the cellar in which it was created. A loaf of crusty French bread along with a wedge of Saint-Andre is all that is needed.