Bordeaux 2010 – First Releases

During our tastings of the 2010 en primeur Bordeaux, we were greatly impressed by the sheer quality of the wines across the board, from the heights of the First Growths to the more attainable levels of the Cru Bourgeois and lesser known Châteaux. This was a vintage where careful winemaking and patience paid dividends and those who were careful to avoid over-extraction have created some truly great wines.

We are pleased therefore to be able to offer this selection of early-released wine from this excellent vintage, including four delicious wines from Moueix, the owners of leading Châteaux Trotanoy and Petrus. The Moueix estates are among the most prestigious in Bordeaux, and the family is certainly the leading name on the right bank. All their expertise from their top properties is channelled into their smaller domaines, and the resultant wines are exceptional. The other wines we have chosen are among our favourites, which we follow every year and which also offer superb drinking at an affordable price:

2010 Château Montaiguillon, Montagne-St-Emilion – £87 per case of 12 bottles in bond
The Amart family never fail to produce a Merlot/Cabernet blend that ranks amongst the very best wines of Montagne-St-Emilion. Appealing on the nose, with notes of brambly red berry fruit and spice. On the palate, this is broad and mouthfilling, vibrant red fruits to the fore, balanced by soft, fine tannins and a touch of minerality. There is a zip of freshness on the finish, making this a pleasing and attractive style. 2013-2018

2010 Château Chantalouette, Pomerol – £159 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Black cherry notes come through on the nose, carrying through onto the pure, natural, flowing palate. Approachable and open, this is a crowd-pleasing Pomerol, with a subtle tannic structure and appealing freshness on the finish. 2013-2018

2010 Château La Serre, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion – £375 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Vibrant and violet-scented fruit on the nose, carrying through onto a cool, fresh-natured palate. The tannins are fine, giving this a silky texture and are balanced by a delightful freshness. A fine example of expressive, deftly-handled St-Emilion. 2015-2025

2010 Château Puy-Blanquet, Grand Cru St-Emilion – £126 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Perfumed and attractive on the nose, with notes of white flowers and dark berries carrying through onto the palate. The fruit here is plush and velvety, balanced by fine-grained, ripe tannins. Well balanced and pleasing, this is a beautiful, elegant St-Emilion. 2015-2022

2010 Château Plince, Pomerol – £258 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Pure, soft-natured fruit on the nose. On the palate, the tannins are finely structural, giving this quite considerable depth and character. Supple and attractive, with subtle use of oak, this has a refreshing core of dark berry fruit. Last year’s Plince was truly excellent and this follows ably in its footsteps. 2015-2022

2010 Château La Tour de By, Cru Bourgeois Médoc – £108 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Pleasingly perfumed in the glass. On the palate, there is a dense and concentrated fruit core, balanced by fine-grained tannins and a seam of mineral freshness. A very good example of the quality of some of the Cru Bourgeois in this vintage. 2015-2025

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