Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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 right bank many producers saw coulure (failure of the fruit to set) and millerandage (small, useless berries) on Merlot in the spring, and so yields were down by up to a third.

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.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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 right bank many producers saw coulure (failure of the fruit to set) and millerandage (small, useless berries) on Merlot in the spring, and so yields were down by up to a third.

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. Clos du Clocher, 2010

    Clos du Clocher, 2010

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2027
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - eRobertParker.com

    “The 2010 exhibits plenty of blueberry and mocha-infused black cherry fruit with a hint of candied caramel...outstanding purity, texture and richness.” eRobertParker.com

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  2. Château La Clotte, 2010

    Château La Clotte, 2010

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2024
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - eRobertParker.com

    "A dense, ripe, very fleshy style, with baker’s chocolate and espresso layers in between the thick plum sauce, steeped fig and mulberry notes." Wine Spectator

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  3. Château Angelus, 2010

    Château Angelus, 2010

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - eRobertParker.com

    "An absolutely spectacular wine...Rich, layered and built like a skyscraper...multi-dimensional Angelus...lavish concentration." eRobertParker.com

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  4. Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2010

    Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2010

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - eRobertParker.com

    "...loaded with fabulous raw materials...a profound effort...full-bodied, super-duper, concentrated, classic wine...everything in perfect proportions." eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Cheval Blanc, 2010

    Château Cheval Blanc, 2010

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    "The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in this profession...a bigger, richer wine than usual, this is one Cheval Blanc that will probably need a decade of cellaring...amazingly structured, rich vintage." Robert Parker

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