2010 Bordeaux: Robert Parker releases his scores

Last night, influential wine-critic Robert Parker released his scores for the 2010 Bordeaux, heralding a flurry of comment and interest.

In his accompanying article, entertainingly entitled “Insanity, Glory, Blood, Tears, Lust, Tragedy, Extravagance, Avarice, Violence and Mythology on the Gironde”, he stated, “it is an inescapable truth that 2010 has produced another year of compelling Bordeaux that will go down as a prodigious vintage alongside 2009. Take your pick – this news is either tragic or mythical, but I have tasted enough wines from 2005, 2009 and 2010 to realize that these may be the three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career.”

Comparing the 2010 wines with the 2009s he drew the following conclusion, “2010 exceeds 2009 in record setting alcohols, but, paradoxically, it is the fresh acids, lower pHs and massive tannins that have dictated more precision in the mouth despite the record alcohol levels these wines attained. While massive and highly extracted, the 2010s are also fresh and incredibly pure. Moreover, they will enjoy astonishing longevity.”

While he railed against the inevitably high prices of the wines at the top end of the spectrum, it must be with the acknowledged irony that his scores are part of the phenomenon that makes some of those prices possible. Certainly this year is unlikely to be any different, with four of the five first growths being given the potential to score the maximum 100 points, as well as the other luminaries of Ausone, Eglise-Clinet, Pontet-Canet and La Mission Haut-Brion and the lesser-known Beauséjour (Duffau Lagarosse).

For your information, we have published Robert Parker’s scores for the wines that we expect to buy on the Bordeaux pages of our website, alongside the scores given by Jancis Robinson MW, the Decanter team, Tim Atkin and the Wine Spectator.

Our full tasting notes are also available online as well as the opportunity to express interest in the wines that you may wish to buy in the 2010 vintage.

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