Word is out: Best Bordeaux 2010

Recently the wine magazine Decanter published its wine ratings and tastings notes for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage. The Decanter team Steven Spurrier (Medoc and Graves), James Lawther (Right Bank) and Michael Bettane (Sauternes) assessed a huge range of samples of this much talked-about vintage.

Spurrier was pleased by what he saw, reserving special praise for Graves and Pessac-Leognan, the ‘standout success’ of the vintage, and also for the lesser Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. Michel Bettane says this is a ‘great vintage…a lucky continuation of a stunning succession, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009.

This year’s scores are very high with four “perfect wines” that got 20 pints. The ones that won the race were Chateau Margaux, Latour, Lafite and Cheval Blanc.

The Chateau Margaux was rated  by Spurrier having a superb colour, a lovely concentration of polished flavours that stay on the palate forever, unbelievable freshness and density,” a truly great wine” and got 20 points in the rating.

Chateau Latour was said to have a sensational depth of colour, incredible sweetness and ripeness of fruit, but very massive now, a monumental expression of the Latour vineyards.

With a fabulous nose of wild violets, wonderful lissom texture backed by aristocratic firmness and a totally captivating wine for the long term the Chateau Lafite Rothschild was rated one of the best four Bordeaux.

The fourth winner with 20 points is the Cheval Blanc that was praised by Lawther as a ‘seamless’ wine with ‘pure, sumptuous fruit’.

Five Bordeaux got the second rank with 19.5 scores. These are Ausone, Palmer, Mouton-Rothschild, Leoville-Las-Cases and Haut Brion, followed by Vieux Chateau Certan, Ducru Beaucaillou, Petrus, La Mission Haut Brion, Yquem, Cos d’Estournel and Calon Segur with 19 points.

All other ratings and tasting notes for every wine can be seen at www.decanter.com

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