Bordeaux 2010 New Releases – Gruaud-Larose & Haut-Bages-Libéral

Things are definitely gathering pace now and we are finally seeing some the more well-known names making an appearance.

Château Gruaud-Larose has produced a delightful, stylish wine this year, not withstanding a quite powerful tannic structure. Robert Parker gave it 92-94 points in this vintage, describing it as “the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 and 1990”.

2010 Château Gruaud-Larose, Cru Classé St-Julien
£530 per case of 12 bottles in bond
The slightly lighter shade of purple that the 2010 Gruaud-Larose displays announces its style quite appropriately – the pretty, understated floral nose is followed on the palate by beautifully fresh and juicy blackcurrants, with a hint of parma violets and a fresh, long finish. To use a perhaps old-fashoned wine tasting term, this is a very feminine style of claret, all about silky elegance and finesse. Delightful.
Drink: 2017-2030

Haut-Bages-Libéral is always a popular and good value Pauillac, Haut-Bages-Libéral  was described by Robert Parker in 2010 as “the sleeper of the vintage” and “the finest [he had] tasted in many years”.

2010 Château Haut-Bages-Libéral, Cru Classé Pauillac
£330 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Haut-Bages-Libéral owns approximately 15 hectares of vines next to Château Latour, as well as another 15 on the plateau of Bages in deep gravel soil. It is this terroir and Claire Villars-Lurton’s commitment to allowing it to express itself, that makes Haut-Bages-Libéral a fascinating property. The 2010 is fragrant and open on both the nose and palate, with notes of dark, fresh fruit and finely-tuned tannins. Texturally layered, this is highly impressive.
Drink: 2015-2025

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