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Bordeaux 2010 Drink 2020+

Posted on 16th June 2011 by JN Wine

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Bordeaux 2010 Drink 2020+

Château Providence, Pomerol £395 / €435 per 6 bottles

“Bright crimson. Very rich and sweet – something of the pâtissière on the nose here. Broad and very polished with a savoury meaty undertow. Pretty interesting wine with some intensity but real savour. Muscular sheen to it. A more aerienne Pomerol than many. Long. 17 pts. Drink 2018 – 2032.” Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 14 April 2011

Château Clinet, Pomerol £1020 / €1150 per 12 bottles

“A spectacular success in this vintage… The wine’s opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary bouquet of boysenberries, blueberries, black currants, licorice, truffles and a hint of asphalt. The wine possesses great intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel, stunning glycerin and richness, and wonderful freshness as well as precision because of the vintage conditions. This massive Pomerol will age effortlessly for 30–35 years. Equaling what Clinet achieved in 1989 and 1990, it is the third successive great vintage for this estate. 95 – 98 pts.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Clos Fourtet, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé
£850 / €965 per 12 bottles

Good fragrant nose. Minerality and elegance on the palate. Good freshness helps define the red fruit character. Balanced and clean, very well made. Great length with plenty of fruit. Top class. JN Team, April 2011

Château d’Issan, 3ème Cru Margaux £570 / €650 per 12 bottles

“Final blend since Jan 2011.’ 55% new oak. Very dark crimson. Heady and perfumed and very Margaux. More subtle on the nose. Very sweet start with good freshness. Tighter and introvert. Needs a long time. The grown-up version of Blason d’Issan. Lovely delicacy. Very fine tannins on the end but with Margaux polish. 17.5 pts.” Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 3 April 2011

Château Canon la Gaffelière, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé
£698 /€790 per 12 bottles

As always Stephan von Neipperg’s Canon la Gaffelière is a big, polished, rich wine. It has masses of dark fruit on the palate, complimented by big, ripe tannins and refreshing acidity. There is fantastic length to this wine. This will require time to integrate fully, but once ready will offer immense drinking pleasure. A very big treat. JN Team, April 2011

Château Leoville Barton, 2ème Cru Saint Julien £850 / €965 per 12 bottles

“Black with a purple edge. Less obviously aromatic than the Langoa 2010. Drier but still very ripe and voluptuous. Tea leaves and a savoury note. Real energy. This should be a very long-term player… This wine may overtake Langoa in the long term but is certainly less expressive at this stage. 17.5 pts.” Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 19 April 2011

Château Leoville Poyferre, 2ème Cru Saint Julien £1150 / €1299 per 12 bottles

“One of the prodigious wines of the vintage, the Cuvelier family has produced an outstanding 2010 that must tip the scales at 14.5+% alcohol. It boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a sweet perfume of spring flowers, black raspberries, creme de cassis and a hint of spicy oak. This seamlessly constructed St.-Julien possesses massive concentration, moderately high tannins, abundant glycerin, an unctuous texture, remarkably fresh acids and wonderful precision. It will benefit from 5 – 6 years of cellaring and last 30-35 years. 95 – 98 pts.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Montrose, 2ème Cru Saint Estèphe £1590 / €1796 per 12 bottles

“Jean Delmas believes this is one of the all-time great wines of Montrose, comparable to the 2009, 1990, 1989, 1959, 1947, 1945 and 1929 … Somewhat reminiscent of the 1989, only even inkier and richer, the 2010 boasts dense purple color along with glorious aromatics of blueberries, boysenberries,black currants and a crushed chalk-like minerality. The tannins are less intrusive than I would have suspected for such a young Montrose, bu they are unquestionably ripe and well-integrated. Deep, full-bodied and massive, this beauty should be at its finest between 2018 – 2050. 96 – 99+ pts.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac £1320 / €1495 per 12 bottles

“A remarkable, full-bodied effort (as was the estate’s 2009 and 2008), like so many recent vintages from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, it is of first-growth quality (some may even argue that it eclipses several first-growths). Dense purple to the rim, it offers classic notes of creme de cassis, graphite, subtle smoke and spring flowers… It will be fascinating to drink it side by side with the 2009 and 2008. 96 – 100 pts.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

James Nicholson with François Mitjavile April 2011

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