As the temperatures rise and the days lengthen, it is time once again to turn our gaze to Bordeaux for the 2010 en primeur campaign. As an en primeur specialist, this is unequivocally Lay & Wheeler‘s busiest and arguably most exciting time of the year.
We had a brilliant time visiting Bordeaux and tasting the wines a couple of weeks ago – a mini heat wave and temperatures averaging 30 degrees very much contributed to our enjoyment! The main source of pleasure for us, however, was the outstanding quality of the wines in 2010, and the phrase “embarrassment of riches” has been uttered around the office quite a few times already – even the Bordelais, usually far from shy when it comes to selling their latest offering, seem almost apologetic when talking about the succession of these two amazing vintages.
2009 and 2010 are, however, very different stylistically. While the 2009s were incredibly opulent and seductive, the 2010s are concentrated and dense with much tighter tannic structure and taut acidity. In short, they are wines which will be perfect for long-term ageing, and if the fine wine market’s performance over the past year or so is anything to go by, interest will be very high indeed!
From such a widely successful vintage it is difficult to go wrong, however some particularly notable successes are St Julien’s Châteaux Léoville-Barton, Gruaud-Larose and Talbot, Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan, Château Amélisse in St Emilion (vinified by the winemaker of l’Eglise-Clinet and great value for money), Château Gazin in Pomerol (outstanding), Château Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux, and Châteaux d’Armailhac and Grand-Puy-Lacoste in Pauillac (the latter a strong candidate for wine of the vintage!).
There have already been a handful of wines from the value for money/drinking wines end of the spectrum released and they are excellent examples of why it makes sense to “fill one’s boots” with wines from every level when Mother Nature graces us with such a stunning vintage. Particularly good are Château Montaiguillon, Montagne St Emilion, a bargain at £87.00 per case of 12 in bond, and Château Plince, Pomerol, at £258.00 for 12ib. We recently tasted a bottle of the 2000 Montaiguillon and it was mightily impressive considering its relatively modest place in the Bordeaux hierarchy: silky tannins, plummy core of fruit with a hint of winter spice and a leafy freshness on the finish.
You can find out more about the vintage, peruse the full list of wines we will be offering and express an interest in specific Châteaux on the Lay & Wheeler website. Alternatively feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 313 300 with any questions you may have.