Médoc and Graves, 2010

2010 was another great Bordeaux vintage, following on from the sensational 2009 vintage, and it may well end up the equal of (if not surpassing) both 2005 and 2009 – with so many wines showing a perfect balance of fruit, tannins, acidity and alcohol. It was a different vintage to 2009, and 2010 Bordeaux generally warrant greater ageing.

The 2010 growing season saw great fluctuations in weather – from cool and damp to warm and dry – producing waves of growth spurts. Warm weather in June meant grapes were relatively small and concentrated, with thick skins rich in tannin and very high sugar and alcohol levels – almost worryingly so. Fortunately a cool late summer and early autumn around the picking season brought that all-important acidity to the party and the package was complete.

However, winemakers still had to marry all those ingredients and those that let their terroirs shine produced the best wines, while some did suffer from too much human tinkering. However, strict selection was necessary to root out those grapes that experienced too much hydric stress and consequently overblown alcohol. On the left bank, Merlot cropped less well than on the right bank, which has seen an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends of the Médoc and the Graves. In fact, Mouton has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever recorded.

It also looks like a very good year for Sauternes with the gradual development of secondary botrytis at the end of September adding great complexity to the wines.

Médoc and Graves, 2010

2010 was another great Bordeaux vintage, following on from the sensational 2009 vintage, and it may well end up the equal of (if not surpassing) both 2005 and 2009 – with so many wines showing a perfect balance of fruit, tannins, acidity and alcohol. It was a different vintage to 2009, and 2010 Bordeaux generally warrant greater ageing.

The 2010 growing season saw great fluctuations in weather – from cool and damp to warm and dry – producing waves of growth spurts. Warm weather in June meant grapes were relatively small and concentrated, with thick skins rich in tannin and very high sugar and alcohol levels – almost worryingly so. Fortunately a cool late summer and early autumn around the picking season brought that all-important acidity to the party and the package was complete.

However, winemakers still had to marry all those ingredients and those that let their terroirs shine produced the best wines, while some did suffer from too much human tinkering. However, strict selection was necessary to root out those grapes that experienced too much hydric stress and consequently overblown alcohol. On the left bank, Merlot cropped less well than on the right bank, which has seen an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends of the Médoc and the Graves. In fact, Mouton has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever recorded.

It also looks like a very good year for Sauternes with the gradual development of secondary botrytis at the end of September adding great complexity to the wines.

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  1. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2010

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2010

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - eRobertParker.com

    "...a great classic...Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility." eRobertParker.com

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  2. Château Smith Haut Lafitte, 2010

    Château Smith Haut Lafitte, 2010

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    “This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte...laser-like definition...Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7." Robert Parker

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  3. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2010

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2010

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    “...this is a blockbuster, fabulous Ducru Beaucaillou that should be at its best a good decade from now and last 40-50 years...classic wet rock, creme de cassis, subtle oak and gravelly stoniness of the vineyard come through in this spectacular, full-bodied, gorgeously pure and intense effort." Robert Parker

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  4. Château Haut-Brion, 2010

    Château Haut-Brion, 2010

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2065
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    "...it is extraordinary...ethereal...full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential." Robert Parker

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  5. Château Latour, 2010 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Latour, 2010

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2028-2080
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “One of the perfect wines of the vintage...Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100.” Robert Parker

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