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Bordeaux 2010 Good Value – Early Drinking

Posted on 18th June 2011 by JN Wine

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“2010 Bordeaux are very interesting wines, not as opulent and generous as 2009, but more structured and defined. The best display a similar balance of ripe tannins and freshness to the superb wines of 2005. There are many good wines and some great, with price tags to match. However, if you would like to secure some very serious wines at sensible money for drinking, the selection on these two pages will give great pleasure from roughly £12 up to £30 per bottle including vat and duty.
If you have never bought wine En Primeur before, it is without a doubt the best way to pick up some seriously engaging and compelling wines at their release price to the market, usually the most reasonable price at which they will be available. If the idea of buying wines that are still in a cask somewhere in Bordeaux seems slightly off the beaten track, please do not hesitate to give me a call in the shop and I will be happy to explain further and answer any questions.”

Château Puygueraud, Bordeaux Côtes de Francs £99.50 / €115 per 12 bottles

This is always good value from the Thienpont family; it displays a pleasant fruit driven nose. It is really tasty on the palate with a beautiful flavour of violets and plums and well integrated tannins with good freshness. Lovely finish. JN Team, April 2011 “From the Thienpont family (which is almost as large as the Lurton family in Bordeaux), the 2010 Puygueraud (70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec) exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as abundant notes of damp earth, raspberries and blueberries. Medium-bodied and cleanly made, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years. 87 – 88 pts. Drink 2013 – 2017.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Senejac, Haut-Médoc £120 / €138 per 12 bottles

“Pontet-Canet’s brilliant proprietor, Alfred Tesseron, has begun to look after the wines of Senejac and the result is a tasty, elegant 2010 offering copious berry fruit notes intermixed with hints of cedarwood and spice. This cuvee should be drinkable upon release and evolve for a decade. 87 – 90 pts. Drink 2013 – 2021.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Fonbel, Saint Émilion Grand Cru £160 / €175 per 12 bottles

Quite pretty on the nose. Good young Fonbel. Quite elegant with plenty of flavour, focusing on concentrated damsons. Good freshness and clean. Well integrated tannins give good balance. This will drink well from 2015 onwards. JN Team, April 2011

Château Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc £215 / €250 per 12 bottles

“An undeniable sleeper of the vintage, this may be the finest Poujeaux I have tasted in three decades. A crushed rock/mineral character is intertwined with abundant black currant, blackberry, incense and camphor notes in this full-bodied, unctuously textured, elegant, pure effort. It is capable of lasting 15 years. Kudos to new proprietor Philippe Cuvelier (also the owner of St.Émilion’s Clos Fourtet) for resurrecting this well-known estate. 90 – 92 pts. Drink 2013 – 2026.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

Château Bouscaut Blanc, Pessac-Léognan £245 / €272 per 12 bottles

55% sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. This has an appealing mineral and grapefruit nose. Actually quite dense on the palate, good flavour density with plenty of persistence. There is good weight in the middle palate, balanced by cleansing freshness. The wine is long with a fine mineral component. JN Team, April 2011

Domaine de Cambes, Bordeaux £139 / €159 per 12 bottles

Appealing fruit and liquorice nose. Plenty and freshness and poise on the palate. Stacks of length and finesse. The palate is pretty seamless, the middle is highly pleasurable, in fact almost hedonistic. Great stuff. 2014 – 2020. JN Team, April 2011

Château Chasse Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc £220 / €255 per 12 bottles

“A strong effort, the tannic, medium to full-bodied 2010 possesses good minerality, zesty acidity, admirable freshness and both blue and black fruits. With impressive depth and length, this pure Moulis should drink well for 15+ years. 88 – 90 pts. Drink 2013 – 2026.” eRobertParker.com, May 2011

L’Hospitalet de Gazin, Pomerol £275 / €295 per 12 bottles

Polished nose, almost fragrant and perfumed. A superb offering of red and black fruits, a little cherry as well. Soft texture and refreshing acidity. Good flavour in the middle and pretty finish. Good length and well made. Highly enjoyable wine. Drink 2015 – 2025. JN Team, April 2011

Les Songes de Magdelaine, Saint Émilion, £240 / €265 per 12 bottles

As always, the second wines offered by Christian Moueix represent great value and a lighter touch than most. There is plenty of finesse in this offering; I think Christian got it just right with his Saint Émilions. Lots of red fruit and freshness, in good balance with texture and minerality. Firm, but not intrusive tannins. Good length, this will drink well from 5 years after bottling. JN Team, April 2011

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