In so many ways the Critics and Trade tasting of the Bordeaux 2010 vintage is unique and momentous! The timing – on the Eve of Brexit – is quite something to be sampling the very best of France and what is considered to be one of the finest Bordeaux vintages this century and beyond.
On a rainy January day in London we were privileged enough to join the world’s most noted wine critics, including Jancis Robinson and Neal Martin, and a select number of the UK fine wine trade, to taste the ten year old 2010s.
Expectation and anticipation ahead of the tastings were, quite rightly, beyond high – would one of the key debates for the industry be clarified? Bordeaux 2009 or 2010? Quality wise this is an exceptional vintage, but it’s key difference from the spectacular 2009 vintage is that the 2010s are, generally, going to be longer lived, so even now at ten years old they could still be very young on the palate.
The 2009 wines at ten years old were tasted last year and have consistently been described as ‘wines of enormous charm, vibrant fruit and often incredible freshness’ – the 2010s however are ‘firmer and more long-term’ – but certainly no less impressive.’
With 61 wines to be tasted, savoured and critiqued – this was going to be a unique and memorable occasion. Starting on the Right Bank early expectations were met with St Emilion’s Troplong Mondot, Canon and Figeac showing good fruit but ‘hiding behind super grippy tannins’ – the structure certainly there for wines with amazing ageing potential. Pavie and Angelus were clearly a cut above with an abundance of fruit but again a strong tannic presence. As a trend the St Emilion wines are set to age brilliantly over the long term.
Pomerols are so far (we are still at it) much fresher generally than the St Emilions – more integrated and enjoyable at this stage.
The St Juliens are fairly even and much more developed than Margaux, St Emilion and most of the Pomerols. Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Las Cases (St Julien) screamed quality and Margaux’s Palmer is outstanding, along with St Estephe’s Montrose and Cos d’Estournel but all three are miles away from drinking.
Pauillac started with a very approachable Armailhac, and a very good Pichon Baron 10. Carruades Lafite is currently showing the best of the First Growth second wines although Forts Latour is VERY good and contrasting – much more serious and much more backwards.
Now the finale – the 2010 First Growths – ALL PROPERLY EXCEPTIONAL!
The market will wait now for the critics to publish their tasting notes and, the all important quality scores expected in about six weeks – post Brexit!
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