Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Giscours, Echo de Lynch Bages, Berliquet and Carbonnieux

Well, it’s been a busy morning. Finally, after what feels like weeks of waiting, we have seen some of the bigger names release their prices, heralding what looks like  an action-packed rest of the week.

Four releases from amongst the host are:

2010 Château Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
£300 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Second wine of the highly-popular Château Lynch-Bages. Echo de Lynch-Bages greatly impressed us this year and offers exceptional value.
Formerly known as Haut-Bages-Averous, this was re-labelled in the 2008 vintage to show a stronger family bond with the Grand Vin. The blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The soft and engaging plummy nose leads on to a silky texture, velvety tannins providing the frame for the fresh blackberry fruit to express itself. The finish is spicy – cloves and a hint of white pepper bring a touch of complexity. Truly this is a “vin de plaisir”.
Drinking: 2015-2025

2010 Château Berliquet, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
£276 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Made under the supervision of consultants, Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, this is a very successful Berliquet and was given 90-93 points by Robert Parker.
Appealingly fragrant on the nose, Berliquet 2010 exhibits a robust tannic structure and full-bodied ripe fruit with hints of fresh herbaceousness and spicy cloves. Some minerality and savoury character on the lingering finish. This is a good example of modern, rich and full St Emilion.
Drinking: 2015-2025

2010 Château Giscours, Cru Classé Margaux
£510 per case of 12 bottles in bond
“The over-achieving Giscours has turned in a great performance in 2010” is how Robert Parker described this wine, giving it 92-95 points. We certainly enjoyed it, due to its layered, intense style and understated opulence.
A sweet and perfumed nose of cassis, loganberry and cedar leads into a wonderfully balanced and harmonious palate. Pure, fresh cassis flavours are wrapped in gloriously fine-grained tannins, giving the most sumptuous mouth feel. There is great length and depth here, utterly delicious.
Drinking: 2017-2030

2010 Château Carbonnieux, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
£237 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Péssac performed very well in this vintage and this is a great example of the quality to be found in this often-overlooked commune.

A beautiful deep, dark purple colour, bursting with blackcurrant and fruit aromas. On the palate an abundance of dark fruit, hints and spice especially on the finish. With big, bold tannins, this wine needs plenty of time.
Drinking: 2017-2027

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