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. 103015 - Les Hauts de Smith Blanc, 2010

    Les Hauts de Smith Blanc 2010

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020

    The Les Hauts de Smith Blanc 2010 is pure Sauvignon Blanc matured in 50% new oak and was purchased in its original wooden case. It is not the second wine of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, but rather a unique and individual label in its own right.

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  2. Alter Ego de Palmer AOC Margaux 2010

    Alter Ego de Château Palmer 2010

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2027
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    “...loads of chocolaty espresso notes, with plenty of punch, glycerin and unctuosity as well as some tannin like its bigger sister...Palmer are producing wines of first-growth quality...” Robert Parker

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  3.  Château Haut Bages Libéral 2010 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Haut Bages Libéral 2010 (Magnum)

    Pauillac, Bordeaux,

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Robert Parker

    "One of the best efforts from this estate since the 1982, this wine remains fairly priced...remarkably rich, fleshy, sumptuous texture, and oodles of smoky black currant and blueberry fruit." 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..." 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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