Regarded as one of Bordeaux’s greatest vintages, 2010 produced broad-shouldered, concentrated wines with fresh acidity, high alcohol and extraordinary ageing potential. ‘Other than 2009, this vintage has turned out slightly better than 2000 and as impressive as 2005,’ says Robert Parker. For James Suckling, it is as profound as 2009 – ‘a twin vintage in quality’.
Ronan by Clinet received 91 points from Suckling and is unquestionably one of the best buys of the vintage. Vinified by the team at Château Clinet, Ronan is 100% Merlot and is produced from vineyards outside the Pomerol appellation, thus restricting it to the realm of Bordeaux Supérieur. It is impossible not to be charmed by this soft, seductive and exceptionally drinkable wine.
Château Teyssier and Bernadotte 2010 also punch above their weight. Teyssier from the Le Dôme stable is produced by Englishman and garagiste winemaker Jonathan Maltus. His wines tend to be modern in style but exhibit typical St-Émilion character. Bernadotte is rich and supple, with a solid tannic structure and freshness that will allow it to age beautifully.
Under the guidance of luminary oenologist Michel Rolland, this small Pomerol estate [Clinet] has become one of the most highly regarded of Right Bank Châteaux. This reputation was further entrenched when earlier in the year Robert Parker awarded their 2009 vintage an extraordinary 100 points.
Attractive nose with milk chocolate, caramel and blackberries. Some floral notes and vanilla. Full and nicely focused on the palate with dark fruit and fine tannins. Elegant medium-long finish with a touch of licorice. Drink from 2016. James Suckling 91/100
Previously part of the Pichon Lalande stable, it was recently sold to a Chinese entrepreneur. In 2010 this estate produced a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. The wine is deep and clearly a sleeper of the vintage, with loads of fruit, glycerin and extract. Its excellent purity and loads of spice box as well as red and black currants make for a delicious, impressively endowed wine to drink over the next 10-12 years. Robert Parker 89/100
The biggest production cuvee from creative/innovative proprietor and wine producer Jonathan Malthus, Teyssier can make as much as 15,000 cases. It is a property on the wrong side of the road, so to speak, in St.-Emilion, near another overachiever, Monbousquet. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 Teyssier has a dense purple color, a big, sweet kiss of black fruits, licorice, earth and oak, medium to full body, generous flesh and moderately sweet tannins as well as a hint of toasty oak. It should drink nicely for 7-10 years. Robert Parker 92/100
•JS – James Suckling
•WA – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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