Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
100% Chardonnay, this is a crisp Champagne with fantastic depth of flavour and a long, biscuity finish. Light yellow with green tints. Refined, mature nose blending brioche, mineral and toast notes backed by delicate fruit. The palate shows seductively refined texture, ethereal fullness, freshness and minerality.
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010
A beautiful effort from Chasse-Spleen, this dense purple wine exhibits plenty of black currant and black cherry fruit with some licorice, roasted herbs and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and supple, the final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot has produced a fleshy, succulent style of Chasse-Spleen to drink over the next 15+ years.
Château Chasse-Spleen is a leading estate in Moulis. Although classified as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly outperforms many of the Médoc’s more renowned classed growths.
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered.
Château d’Agassac, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2010
A superb wine from the Southern Medoc, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc is a real sleeper of the vintage. Floral notes intermixed with forest floor, black currant and some subtle smoke and truffle are all present in this seriously endowed, full-bodied wine that is performing beautifully.
Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010
One of the best-run estates in the underrated and undervalued appellation of Cotes de Castillon is Chateau d’Aiguilhe, which is owned by Stephan von Neipperg. As with all of von Neipperg’s wines, Stephane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker. The blend is usually 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, although I did not see the statistics on this particular vintage. The 2010 (10,000 cases produced) achieved 14% natural alcohol from modest yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, lots of cassis, crushed rock and floral characteristics, a round, generous, savory, broadly textured style and sweet tannins. Drink it over the next decade.
Château Meyney, Saint-Estéphe, 2010
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot. Deep, dark cherry red. Smells more pure-fruited than the 2009 and doesn’t have its dusty mineral character. Much more down the line Cabernet aroma of cassis and cedar but the fruit is intense so that there is also a touch of dark chocolate – in a thick, chewy texture as well as in the flavour. Firm and chewy and with real mass as well as structure and still finishes fresh thanks to the fruit clarity. This has some way to go but has fine St-Estèphe direction and firmness and the fruit to fill out the middle. Long and satisfying and attractively aromatic as well as powerful.
Château Meyney is a Cru Bourgeois estate located in St Estèphe. Owned by Domaines Cordier, it neighbours Château Montrose and has relatively small production of 30,000 cases per year.
Château Quinault l’Enclos, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2010
From an assemblage of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and some Malbec for good measure, the team at Cheval Blanc came up with a wine that reached 14.5% alcohol that shows licorice, griotte and earthy scents. The wine end with a fresh, supple, fennel, chocolate and black cherry.
Chateau Quinault l’Enclos
Château Quinault l’Enclos is a leading estate in St-Emilion. Under the ownership of Dr Alain Raynaud and his wife Françoise the property has gone from strength to strength. A blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from old vines averaging 60-70 years. The wine is aged in new oak barrels for 18 months.
Clarendelle inspired by Haut-Brion, Bordeaux AOC, 2010
A rich, ripe core of dark fruit, tobacco, leather and spices, cassis, plum and cedar too. A wonderful blend of classic Bordeaux styling with modern fruit purity.
Impressive generosity of flavour (delicious, rich dark fruits) with elegant structure, the greatness of the vaunted 2010 vintage is confirmed at every point from the succulent entry to the long, fine finish. Supported by a velvety bed of fine ripe tannins with a spine of juicy acid and liquorice spice, it’s approaching its very best drinking – released at 5 years old, it will only improve over the next 5 years.
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“This wine, which is a blend of the three basic varietals planted in Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – is a major sleeper of the vintage and far exceeded my expectations, and that, of course, is all good news. Lots of red and black currant fruit, licorice, spice and soft tannins have resulted in a silky, opulently styled wine that far exceeds its humble origins and appellation. Drink it over the its first decade of life, although the position of Prince Robert is to release this wine only when it is showing some maturity, as their target market is largely consumers desiring immediate gratification and restaurants seeking similar qualities. (RP)”
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Malbec, 2010
Deep red in colour with hints of violet in the rim. The combination of grape varieties gives a full nose of ripened fruit aromas. The palate is full with strong plum and cassis flavours gently backed with floral and spiced nuances. This is a delicious wine with hints of vanilla, mocha and chocolate. Superbly structred, the two grape varieties are very different on their own, but when combined they create a wine that is soft, elegant and velvety in the mouth with a long, lingering finish.
Gevrey-Chambertin “En Songe” Domaine Marchand-Grillot 2010
Well structured with a beautiful roundness and body. A very long finish.
Like the vines, the Marchand and the Grillot families are both well rooted into the Burgundian soil.
Going back six generations, we find the first of each family who started their interests in the vineyards, at Morey St Denis for the Marchands, and the Grillots at Gevrey-Chambertin. It was in 1950, thanks to a marriage, that the Domaine Marchand-Grillot was created, setting up definitively at Gevrey-Chambertin.
Today, Jacques Marchand heads the estate, bringing his knowledge borne by generations, and his extensive experience. He is followed by his son, Etienne, who is taking over the responsibilities little by little. Etienne studied at the Lycée viticole at Macon-Davayé, followed by a BTS in Wine commerce at Thecoma in Paris. Furthermore, he has enlarged his own experience with vinegrowers in Oregon. Thanks to him, the estate has been given a new enthusiasm, adding modern working techniques whilst retaining the continuity of the collective knowledge and experience.
The aim of the Marchand-Grillot family has always been to create traditional style wines, respecting the varietal Pinot Noir, and the terroir, in the vineyard and in the winery.
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
A classic Barolo from one of the greatest ever vintages in Piemonte. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.
95 Points The Wine Advocate
“The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic,well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish. Drink: 2016-2028.”
93 Points Antonio Galloni.
“Pio Cesare’s 2010 Barolo is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, lavender, smoke and savory herbs open up in the glass, followed by hints of orange peel and white pepper that add both lift and a hugely appealing element of exoticism. The firm, incisive tannins are going to need a few years to settle down. There is a lot to like in this classic, old-school leaning Barolo. The 2010 was made from less well-exposed parcels in Ornato, along with parcels in Collareto and Briccolina, both of which are in the same general area of Serralunga, plus dollops of fruit from La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, virtually all of it estate fruit.”
Saurus – Pinot Noir Tardio, 2010 (50cl)
This is a limited production wine with only 15,000 bottles produced. It is aged in for 8 months in new French oak and then in American oak. Red purple hues, the wine has a floral aroma of violets combined with red fruits such as plums and cherries. Subtle oak ageing has imparted flavours of vanilla and dark chocolate with a fruity mouth feel. Well structures with very fine and sweet tannins and a balanced acidity.
Pinot Noir 2010: Commended, International Wine Challenge 2012.
Pinot Noir 2010: Silver Medal, MONDIAL DU PINOT NOIR 2011.
Alcohol: 14,3 % vol
Total acidity: 5,02 g/l
Residual sugar: 2,35 g/l
Production: 8.000 bottles
Winemaker: Leonardo Puppato
Harvest method: Picked by hand in 18kg boxes. Double hand selection of bunches in vibrating table.
Cold Maceration: 36 Hours with addition of dry ice.
Alcoholic Fermentation: Twenty days at 23º C in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts.
Second Maceration: Seven days at low temperature with submerge cap.
Malolactic Fermentation: Induced with lactic bacteria in new French oak casks.
Aging: 100% of this wine was aged 18 months in new french oak casks.