Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Dom. de Chevalier, Malescot and Fonbel

Another busy morning, with a spate of releases first thing, including the tremendously reasonably priced Château Fonbel from the same stable as Château Ausone. Domaine de Chevalier has also released both its red and white wines, resisting the temptation to raise the price much from last year – making them both a very good prospect in 2010.
Malescot-St-Exupéry is most certainly a property on the rise and has the good reviews to match – definitely one to watch for the future.

2010 Château de Fonbel, Grand Cru St-Emilion
£159 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Owned by the Vauthier family, of Château Ausone fame, Fonbel rarely fails to impress. In 2010 they have produced a truly beautiful wine and this is excellent value for money.
On the nose, notes of attractively pure dark fruit come through. On the palate, the core of fruit is fresh and fragrant and the tannins are well-refined, soft and expressive, giving this a deliciously layered texture. Poised and mineral on the finish, this should offer excellent value for money.
Drink:  2015-2025

2010 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
£567 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Made under the management of famed wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, Domaine de Chevalier has gone from strength to strength over recent vintages and the 2010 is a masterclass in restrained power. 
Another great showing from Olivier Bernard. The palate has depth of flavour and a broad expansive volume. This wine is beautifully textured with a finely detailed matte mouthfeel. There is a great deal of substance, delivered with poise, refinement and a sense of restraint. Perfectly judged and pitched.
Drink: 2017-2030

2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
£369 per case of 6 bottles in bond

Always one of the best dry whites, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is exceptional in this vintage – expressive, mineral and elegantly poised.
A superb combination of floral and citrus aromas with a touch of passion fruit.  Complex and elegant, full and vibrant on the palate, with a hint of minerality, lime and grapefruit. This wonderful example ideally requires 5-10 years of aging, although has sufficient fruit and acidity to ensure longevity.
Drink: 2013-2017

2010 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux
£708 per case of 12 bottles in bond

Scoring 94-96 points from Robert Parker in this vintage, Malescot is another wine that has come into its own over recent vintages. This is not necessarily classic Margaux, but an attractive and opulent style nonetheless.
An appealing nose of dark and red berries, with a touch of spice coming through. On the palate, the tannins are quite robust and structural, but balanced by a rich core spice-laden red fruit and a zip of acidity that gives this a lovely sense of freshness and lift.
Drink: 2017-2030

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