The stellar 2010s are among the greatest wines ever to have come out of Bordeaux, and unfortunately this is reflected in the towering prices they command. But while the First Growths and their ilk may be out of reach, it’s not all bad news for Bordeaux lovers. According to Jancis Robinson MW, there are a number of attractively priced wines that give their more highly ranked cousins a run for their money. (Read Jancis’ February write-up on the 2010 vintage on FT.com.)
Ronan by Clinet is a Bordeaux Supérieur that certainly falls into this category. At just R160, the 2010 received 91 points from James Suckling, making a strong candidate for ‘best buy of the vintage’.
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…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
Château Teyssier 2010 from the Le Dôme stable is produced by garagiste winemaker Jonathan Maltus and also offers serious bang for your buck at R365.
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