Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Beychevelle & Cantemerle

A small flurry of activity this morning, as we see two popular properties release their prices – Châteaux Cantemerle and Beychevelle.

Always tremendous value for money, Cantemerle was one of the many Crus Bourgeois that impressed us this year.

2010 Château Cantemerle, Cru Classé Haut-Médoc
£248 per case of 12 bottles in bond

On the nose this has notes of dark fruit and a touch of spice, characters that are carried across onto the palate. The acidity here is mouthwatering and balances the robust structure provided by the ripe tannins, giving this a sense of refinement and class. Drinking: 2015-2025

One of the most reliable St-Julien properties in any vintage, Beychevelle excelled itself this year to produce an elegant and defined wine that reflected both its terroir and the vintage. The price this year reflects the high demand for this wine from the far east, due to the dragon-boat that appears on the label.

2010 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St-Julien
£348 per case of 6 bottles in bond
St-Julien has performed well and this wine ably demonstrates the vintage style of classic proportions and appealing freshness. Dusky, almost-perfumed fruit on the nose. On the palate, this has a core of rich, ripe fruit and an almost-mineral elegance. Highly attractive, with structural, but well-integrated tannins. Drinking: 2017-2030

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