2010 Bordeaux UGC Chicago

The Drake Hotel, Chicago IL
Tasted Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by KeithAkers with 475 views

Introduction

This was a highly anticipated UGC for me. I enjoyed last year's, but the hype around the vintage had me thinking this would be much more up my alley. UGC came back to the Drake after being away for a year (though I liked last year's spot better in all honesty).

Flight 1 - Graves Reds and Whites (18 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Rahoul 85 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves

    Nose: Nice nose of dark red fruits, smoke, and some dark red cherries as well. This is lacking some depth on the nose sadly.

    Taste: Medium bodies with medium acidity and good youthful tannins. Sadly it is lacking depth and a mid-palate with tones of dark red fruits, dark red cherries, and cedary tones as well.

    Overall: What was a nice nose was left wanting in the palate. It's hard to say if it will flesh out, but it would be a much better wine if it does.

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  • 2010 Château Carbonnieux Blanc 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Nice and crisp nose with tones of white fruits, lemon zest, mineral tones, some florals and a touch of citrus. There is nice depth to it as well.

    Taste: There is very nice balance to this with tones of citrus, minerals, lemon zest and white fruits. This is all backed up by a lighter feel as well as medium/high acidity.

    Overall: Thus is definitely young, but it's also quite nice right now. There is a real freshness to it on both the nose and palate.

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  • 2010 Château Carbonnieux 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose with tones of dark red cherries, cedar, tobacco, and cranberries.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some taught tannins. There are nice tones of dark red cherries, cranberries, and cedar.

    Overall: This is lacking on both the nose and palate. The plate thins out slightly on the mid and finish.

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  • 2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is real depth that strikes you right off the bat. Supporting that depth ate gorgeous tones of citrus, white fruits, creams, along with loads of minerals and crushed rocks.

    Taste: Medium bodies with medium+ acidity and classy tones of citrus, pears, creams, crushed rocks and some nutty tones on the backend.

    Overall: This is a real quality young Bordeaux blanc. There is room to improve as well if some time is given to it.

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  • 2010 Domaine de Chevalier 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a very attractive red fruit core with tones of dark red cherries, crushed rocks, cassis, and some dark red fruits.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. The tannins are youthful along with tones of cedar, crushed rocks, dark red cherries, cassis and dark red fruits.

    Overall: This is quite young right now. There is an attractive quality to it and it should age well.

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  • 2010 Château de Fieuzal Blanc 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a creamy quality to the nose with tones of citrus, creams, toast, nuts, and a touch of pears.

    Taste: Light bodied with medium+ acidity and tones of creams, nuts, citrus, and pears.

    Overall: This is a very good Bordeaux blanc. It is more on the toasty side, but still has a freshness to it.

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  • 2010 Château de Fieuzal 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Nice and balance nose with tones of dark red cherries, cedar, dark red fruits and leather tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and chewy tannins. There are nice tones of dark red cherries, cedar, and some earth tones. It does thin out on the mid-palate and is clipped on the finish.

    Overall: This is a very good graves. It is lacking some depth and it lacks slightly on the palate.

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  • 2010 Château Haut-Bailly 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Gorgeous and sumptuous nose filled with crushed rocks, smoke, cedar, dark red cherries, berries, and cassis.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity and very big tannins. The structure is imposing, but there are wonderful tones crushed rocks, smoke, dark red cherries, cedar and some cassis.

    Overall: This was one of the best wines of the day. Showed great depth and power along with a ton of promise for the future.

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  • 2010 Château Haut-Bergey Blanc 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a real nice freshness to this with tones of white fruits, citrus, pears, and a touch of minerals.

    Taste: Light bodied with medium/high acidity. The feel is nice and fresh with tones of citrus, pears, and mineral tones.

    Overall: A very enjoyable wine. The fresh quality was nice and provided a good backdrop.

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  • 2010 Château Haut-Bergey 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: This starts off toasty along with tones of dark red cherries, dark red fruits, and some smoke tones as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and chewy tannins. There is good balance with tones of oak, dark red fruits, herbs, and some smoke.

    Overall: This is showing extremely young. This can definitely improve and it needs time.

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  • 2010 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Nice and open-knit nose of crushed rocks, cedar, tobacco, dark red fruits, and dark red cherries.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. Balanced with tones of cedar, crushed rocks, dark red cherries, and some pipe tobacco.

    Overall: The tannins aren't as oppressive as with other 2010s. This seems more of a candidate
    for mid-term aging.

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  • 2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Nice nose with tones of dark red fruits, herbs, dark red cherries, and some cedar. It is lacking some depth though.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice tannins that aren't too rough right now. There is a simplicity to the tones of dark red fruits, cedar, and dark red cherries. The palate also thins out a bit.

    Overall: This is a nice wine, but it lacks a real gear. It has a simplicity to it, though it has some good tones on the nose and palate.

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  • 2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: This is wound a bit tight, but has really attractive tones of citrus, flinty tones, white fruits, minerals, and some white florals.

    Taste: Light bodied with crisp, but very noticeable, medium/high acidity. The tones of citrus, minerals, and white fruits have a real freshness to them.

    Overall: This is a really nice blanc. It has an airy and light quality to it with a nice underlying minerality.

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  • 2010 Château Pape Clément Blanc 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a toasty quality on the nose that strikes right away. That is backed up by tones of pears, marshmallows, white fruits an some citrus tones as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with very noticeable medium/high acidity. The structure is fairly imposing along with tones of toast, white fruits, marshmallow, and citrus.

    Overall: This does need some time to come into harmony. There is good balance to it and though there is oak there, it doesn't seem to dominate the other fruit.

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  • 2010 Château Pape Clément 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: This is definitely a brutish nose with rich tones of kirsch, new oak, dark red fruits, smoke, dark red cherries, licorice, and spice box.

    Taste: Full bodied with big and thrashing tannins. It is lacking some of a mid-palate though as there is a thinning after the attack. Still, there are very good tones of kirsch, new oak, dark red cherries, smoke, and spice box underneath the structure.

    Overall: While this is in the more extracted camp, there is some real good material there. The thinning on the mid-palate is a bit troubling, but if it can flesh out then something great can emerge.

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  • 2010 Château Picque Caillou Blanc 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a nice freshness to the nose with tones of pears, citrus, white fruits, and a real nice mineral streak as well.

    Taste: Light bodied with crisp medium/high acidity. The acidity is more in the refreshing side along with tones of pears, minerals, and white fruits.

    Overall: This is a very refreshing Bordeaux blanc. It's open to drink right now an is very enjoyable.

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  • 2010 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: There is a noticeable smokiness an nutty quality right away that then leans into tones of spiced pears, white fruits, and some oils and minerals.

    Taste: Lighter bodied with medium/high acidity that makes itself known. The tones of spiced pears, minerals, oils, and roasted nuts are well balanced and with good depth.

    Overall: This is certainly on the young side. It will need some time to sort together as the structure is pretty big at the moment. This is a quality blanc that can get better.

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  • 2010 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Nose: Very pungent with deep tones of crushed rocks, smoke, dark red cherries, cassis, and leather tones.

    Taste: Medium/full bodies with medium acidity and big chewy tannins. The structure is imposing right now, but there are very good tones of crushed rocks, cedar, dark red cherries, and leather tones.

    Overall: This was pretty impressive even with its youth. It certainly needs time, but it should really reward that patience.

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Flight 2 - Right Banks (13 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Canon 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: Real sexy and perfumed nose filled with tones of red fruits, spice tones, roses, fresh picked berries, roses, and some cedar tones too. There is very good depth to this with a lot of class as well.

    Taste: Silky and gorgeous medium body with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. Very well balanced with classy tones of red fruits, spices, fresh picked berries and some cedar on the back end.

    Overall: This is a real star. It just oozed class and is something beautiful already, but it can grow to something better.

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  • 2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: Deep and unctuous nose with richer tones of dark red fruits, herbs, tobacco, kirsh, and some cedar tones as well. It is on the tighter side, but it is showing well still.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity and some very big tannins. The structure is showing through, but there are gorgeous tones of dark red fruits, herbs, tobacco, spices and cedar.

    Overall: This is a real winner. It needs some serious time to fully show itself, but it has the materials to turn into a real stunner.

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  • 2010 Château Figeac 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: Tight with tones of leather, red berries, red fruits, spice tones and cedar with some tobacco tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and big chewy tannins. While medium bodied, there is a thinness to it along with tones of leather, red berries, tobacco and red fruits.

    Overall: Not sure what's happened here. The palate is just lacking a bit and the nose isn't all too giving either. This is normally a favorite, but while this is a good wine, I was expecting something better.

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  • 2010 Clos Fourtet 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a robustness and good amount of depth to the nose with tones of dark red cherries, dark berries, spice box, incense, and cedar tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium bodied and big grippy tannins. There is a lot of depth to the tones of cedar, spice box, incense, and dark red cherries. The structure is a bit overwhelming though.

    Overall: This is a very young wine, but one that has a load of promise. There is really good depth on both the nose and palate though the youth is showing too.

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  • 2010 Château Grand Mayne 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: This shows some extraction and lack of depth with tones of spices, liqueur, licorice, cedar, and dark red fruits. While there's some complexity, it's more surface and slightly portish.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some hard tannins. The tones of dark red fruits, licorice, liqueur, and spices are a bit brutish as well and very rough around the edges.

    Overall: This was more towards the extracted side, but not overdone. It's very rough around the edges and it's hard to tell where this will go.

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  • 2010 Château La Dominique 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a nice fragrant take to the nose with tones of incense, dark red fruits, spice box, and some tones of black cherries.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice tannins. The tannins aren't as overwhelming as other 2010s, but the mid-palate is on the thinner side. Still, there are nice tones of dark red fruits, spice box, black cherries, and some tobacco.

    Overall: If the mid-palate had some more flesh it would be a real pretty wine. This does feel like an earlier drinking wine, so it will be interesting to see if it does put on some more weight.

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  • 2010 Château La Gaffelière 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a higher toned quality to it with berries, dark red fruits, some incense with a touch of spices as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. The structure is there, but it isn't as overpowering as other wines. Along with that, there are very nice tones of berries, dark red fruits, incense, and some spices on the back end.

    Overall: This was showing its youth. It certainly needs some time to work itself out, but there is a real nice wine here.

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  • 2010 Château Larcis Ducasse 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a noticeable toastyness to this with dark red fruits, licorice, spices, black fruits, and some creosote as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. Balanced with very good tones of dark red fruits, smoke, oak, dark berries and some spices as well.

    Overall: This showed pretty well. While there was oak, it wasn't overwhelming and it wasn't too big either.

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  • 2010 Château Pavie Macquin 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a good dose of oak that strikes right off the bat along with tones of coffee grounds, dark red cherries, liqueur tones, wood spices and some dark berries.

    Taste: Full bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. The feel is very nice, though with tones of coffee grounds, liqueur, oak, and dark berries.

    Overall: This certainly shows the more modern take of the producer. This did have a more complete feel than some other wines in the tasting. The structure was certainly there and this could turn into a very nice wine with some time.

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  • 2010 Château Troplong Mondot 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Nose: There is a very noticeable amount of oak on the nose along with tones of black fruits, liqueur, wood spices, and some dark red cherries.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity and very chewy tannins. While the tannins are overpowering, the feel underneath was very nice with good depth and tones of black fruits, wood spices, liqueur, and dark red cherries.

    Overall: While much more in the extracted camp, there was some very good underlying material. It certainly needs years to smooth out and fully find itself, but it can certainly bloom with time.

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  • 2010 Château Gazin Pomerol 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Nose: There is a velvety quality to the nose with tones of red fruits, fresh picked berries, roses, some wild flowers and a touch of spice tones. There is very nice depth to this as well.

    Taste: Medium feel with medium acidity and nice firm tannins. Very well balanced with a silky feel beneath the tannins and tones of red fruits, spices, fresh picked berries, roses and some clay tones as well.

    Overall: This was a gorgeous pomerol. There was a seamless quality to it on both the nose and palate. While very good right now, this certainly has room to improve.

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  • 2010 Château Clinet 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Nose: There are soaring aromatics with tones of red fruits, roses, all sorts of floral tones, spices, red cherries, and fresh picked berries. Very pure with real nice depth and style to it as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and silky, but very noticeable, tannins. Very well balanced with a plushness to the tones of red fruits, fresh picked berries, roses, and various spice tones.

    Overall: This is a gorgeous wine. It's seamless with a velvety quality on both the nose and palate. This can be a knee buckler with time on it.

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  • 2010 Château La Conseillante 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Nose: Perfumed and sensuous nose filled with deep tones of berries, herbs, raspberries, red currants, spice tones, roses and various floral tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and very chewy tannins. While the structure is big, it doesn't fully hide the tones silky tones of berries, red currants, roses, spices and lots of wild flowers on the back end.

    Overall: There is a load of class to this wine. It is sexy and gorgeous right now, but this could be out of this world with age.

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Flight 3 - Margaux (13 Notes)

  • 2010 Château d'Angludet 85 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: Nice and straight forward nose with tones of red cherries, cedar, berries, and some purple florals

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice tannins. The tannins aren't too big and the mid-palate is a bit watery. The wine thins out and has nice tones of cedar, berries, leather, and red cherries.

    Overall: This was disappointing on the palate. It was lacking and while there were youthful tannins there, it seems like it would be very hard to fully come together.

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  • 2010 Château Brane-Cantenac 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: There is nice elegance to the nose with tones of dark red fruits, red florals, cedar tones, berries and some nice red cherries as well. It has decent depth, but isn't kicking into that next gear.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice tannins. It has a very pretty feel, but it is really lacking on the mid-palate with tones of dark red fruits, some cedar, leather, and red cherries.

    Overall: I was expecting more in all honesty. This was a nice Brane with the class and elegance, but it was lacking on both the nose and palate.

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  • 2010 Château Cantenac Brown 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: Nice and fragrant nose of dark red cherries, leather, florals, and cedar tones. Very nice balance with a higher toned quality

    Taste: Medium bodied, but it lacks on the mid and finishes a bit thin. There are nice tones of dark red cherries, cedar, florals and some berries.

    Overall: This was another wine that lacked distinction on the mid-palate and finish. The finish was clipped and it started thinning out right after the attack.

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  • 2010 Château Dauzac 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: There is a perfumed quality to the nose with tones of dark red cherries, cedar, leather, and some dark berry tones. This has some nice balance to it as well, but it is lacking some depth.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice youthful tannins. This is lacking on the mid-palate with tones of dark red cherries, cedar, dark berries and some floral tones on the back end.

    Overall: This could be a very nice Dauzac, but the thinning on the mid-palate is worrying. If it can come together, this could be a real nice wine.

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  • 2010 Château Desmirail 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: Well balanced and aromatic with tones of cedar, leather, spice box, and dark red cherries. There is nice depth to it and it certainly speaks of margaux.

    Taste: Very nice medium body with medium acidity and good chewy tannins. The tannins don't fully overpower and support very good tones of cedar, spice box, and dark red cherries.

    Overall: This was a real nice young margaux. While it won't ever be great, it can develop into a real quality wine with some age.

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  • 2010 Château du Tertre 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: Well balanced nose with tones of leather, cherries, dark red fruits, and cedar.

    Taste: Very good medium body with medium acidity and youthful tannins. Balanced with good tones of cherries, leather, and some cedar.

    Overall: This could develop into a real nice margaux. It was a bit lighter on it's feet, but has nice balance to it.

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  • 2010 Château Durfort-Vivens 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: Nice and fragrant nose of berries, cedar, some leather, and cherries. It is lacking some depth, but it is pretty open.

    Taste: Medium bodied, but lacking a mid-palate. There are nice tannins providing support, but they aren't too big. Nice and balanced with tones of berries, cherries, cedar, leather and spice box tones.

    Overall: This is a nice wine. It is lacking in depth and on the palate, but it does have a nice elegant charm to it. It could use a few years to come around, but it is far from a long term wine.

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  • 2010 Château Giscours 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: This nose is extremely tight, but there are very good tones of dark red fruits, leather, and cedar tones. The tones poke through, but it is on the tighter side right now.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. There is a nice feel beneath the tannins with very good tones of dark red fruits, spice box, cedar and some dark berry tones.

    Overall: The material is here for a real good wine. It just needs a good amount of time before it fully shines though.

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  • 2010 Château Kirwan 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: There is a nice perfumed quality on the nose with tones of dark red fruits, kirsch, berries, crushed rocks and some cedar. Nice balance, but it is lacking some depth.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity, but the feel is slightly on the watery side. There are nice and balanced tones of dark red cherries, kirsch, berries and some cedar tones.

    Overall: This is a nice and easy bordeaux with good youthful tannins. It has an easier style to it and has some of the mid-palate problems I was coming across.

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  • 2010 Château Lascombes 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: This nose is certainly on the tight side, but reveals tones of dark red cherries, a solid dose of new oak, leather tones, and spice box.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with some chewy tannins and medium acidity. The structure is on the bigger side with tones of dark red cherries, new oak, cranberries, some leather and a touch of spice box tones.

    Overall: The oak wasn't too big on this. It was certainly there, but it didn't seem to be covering up everything else. This is very young, and the structure is imposing. It did have a more complete feel than other Margauxs.

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  • 2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: There is a real robust take on the nose with tones of dark red cherries, leather, cedar, spice box and dark berry tones. There is also very good depth to it even though it is on the tight side right now.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with grippy tannins. The structure makes itself known, but there are really good tones of dark red cherries, leather, cedar, and dark berries lying underneath.

    Overall: This has some good material hiding underneath a wall of structure. This was one of the better Margauxs tasted.

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  • 2010 Château Rauzan-Gassies 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: There is a pretty nose with tones of Berries, perfumes, dark red cherries, spice box and a touch of florals as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice silky tannins. The tones of berries, dark red cherries, spice box and florals all have an elegant take to them.

    Overall: This was a very pretty Margaux. Well balanced with a feminine quality to it on both the nose and palate.

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  • 2010 Château Rauzan-Ségla 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose: The nose is very aromatic right now with tones of dark berries, spice box, red florals and dark red cherries.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and chewy tannins. The structure is certainly there, but there are very good tones of dark red cherries, dark berries, spice box, and red florals.

    Overall: This has some real class to it. The mid-palate was pretty formed, and the tannins were a bit overpowering.

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Flight 4 - St. Julien (9 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Beychevelle 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose of dark red cherries, kirsch, cedar, and some leather tones. There is solid depth to the nose as well, but it's lacking some expression.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. There are very good balance to the tones of dark red cherries, kirsch, cedar and dark berry tones. There is some lacking on the mid-palate and it is a bit thinner.

    Overall: This was a bit underwhelming. Hopefully the mid-palate rounds more into form and allows the wine to be a very classy bordeaux.

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  • 2010 Château Branaire-Ducru 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: This is on the tight side with tones of dark red fruits, cedar, spice box, dark red cherries and some tobacco tones.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some very chewy tannins. It is lacking on the mid-palate and it does thin out somewhat. There are nice and balanced tones of dark red fruits, cedar, spice box, and dark red cherries.

    Overall: The thinning on the mid-palate was a bit disappointing. There is good material there if it can come into form.

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  • 2010 Château Gruaud Larose 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: This had a lot of class on the nose with well balanced tones of dark red cherries, brown spices, cedar, dark red fruits and some funk tones in there as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. Beneath the tannins are silky tones of dark red cherries, spices, cedar, and dark red fruits.

    Overall: This has some real quality to it. It certainly needs time, but what is there is really good. This could be a real knockout with the right amount of age.

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  • 2010 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: There is a nice elegance to the nose with pretty tones of spice box, cedar, dark red fruits, and some tobacco leaf. Along with the elegance, there is some good depth as well.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some very good tannins. The tannins aren't overpowering and lead to sexy tones of spice box, dark red fruits, and tobacco tones.

    Overall: This is a real lovely young bordeaux. There is a real elegant quality to it and it should emerge even more with age.

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  • 2010 Château Langoa Barton 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: There are nice aromatics of leather, dark red fruits, spice box tones, and cedar planks. This is well balanced with some nice depth.

    Taste: Medium bodied with some very tough tannins and medium acidity. There is very nice balance to this, but lacking some depth, and tones of leather, dark red fruits, and spice box tones.

    Overall: This is certainly on the young side and it needs some time. There is a nice and pretty wine with good balance on both the nose and palate.

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  • 2010 Château Léoville Barton 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: The nose is pretty tight and unyielding with some tones of tobacco, cedar, cassis, dark red cherries, and dark red fruits poking through.

    Taste: Full bodied with massive and grippy tannins. The structure is fairly brutal, but there are very nice tones of cedar, tobacco, cassis, and dark red cherries lying underneath.

    Overall: This is an insanely young wine. But, this can be an absolute stunner with the right amount of age. The structure is very imposing, but there is a behemoth of a wine just waiting to come out.

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  • 2010 Château Léoville Poyferré 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: While this doesn't play towards elegance, there is a lot of purity with sleek tones of incense, cassis, dark red fruits, dark red cherries, cedar, licorice, and spice tones.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with very good and chewy tannins. The structure is imposing, but there are silky and gorgeous tones of cassis, licorice, dark red fruits, cedar, spices and dark red cherries.

    Overall: This isn't what I would normally expect from Leoville Poyferre, but it is a stunning wine. It needs a good amount of time to fully show itself, but this is something to behold right now.

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  • 2010 Château Saint-Pierre 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: There is an elegant and somewhat rustic backdrop on the nose with tones of cedar planks, leather, earth, spice box and dark red fruits.

    Taste: Nice and balanced medium body with medium acidity and very good tannins. There is nice depth with more rustic tones of cedar planks, leather, spice box and dark red fruits.

    Overall: This is a well balanced and quality young bordeaux. This should be able to age well, and it should be able to improve.

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  • 2010 Château Talbot 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose of leather, cassis, spice box, dark red cherries, and cedar tones. This is lacking some depth on the nose sadly.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice youthful tannins. Well balanced with tones of cassis, spice box, dark red cherries and some cedar tones.

    Overall: This was just lacking a next gear. There is good balance on both the nose and palate, but it does lack some depth.

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Flight 5 - Pauillac (9 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Batailley 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: There is a real rustic quality on the nose with a good dose of rawhide leather, cedar, spice box, and dark red cherries with some earth tones.

    Taste: Full bodied with big and very grippy tannins. Well balanced with nice and rustic tones of rawhide leather, cedar, earth tones, and dark red cherries.

    Overall: This definitely does need some age. This could be a nice and fuller bordeaux the older it gets.

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  • 2010 Château Clerc Milon 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: There is a nice purity to the tones of dark red cherries, kirsch, cedar, tobacco, and cranberries. There is nice depth to this as well with a sense of style.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and very good tannins to match. Well balanced with tones of dark red cherries, kirsch, cedar, cranberries and some leather.

    Overall: This needs some time to develop, but there is a real nice purity on both the nose and palate right now.

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  • 2010 Château d'Armailhac 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose of dark red fruits, dark red cherries, cedar, some tobacco and a touch of pencil lead.

    Taste: Medium bodied with grippy tannins. The structure is extremely imposing, but there are nice tones of dark red fruits, cranberries, cedar, and some tobacco tones.

    Overall: This is a real nice young bordeaux. It has good balance and a lot of classic pauillac tones. This does need some aging, but it should be really nice when it is fully ready.

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  • 2010 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: Nice and open-knit nose with tones of dark red fruits, dark berries, cedar, and some bits of kirsch.

    Taste: Medium bodied with nice tannins, but the feel is on the lighter side and lacking on the mid-palate a bit. There is nice balance with tones of dark red fruits, dark berries, cedar, and kirsch tones.

    Overall: This is a nice boreaux, but it is lacking a slight bit. It is more of a mid-term wine and it's hard to tell how it will develop.

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  • 2010 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: Deep and pungent nose filled with tones of camphor, graphite, dark red cherries, tobacco, cedar, and dark red fruits. There is a tightness to the nose, but there is a good intensity to it right now.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity and some massive tannins. The tannins are on the punishing side, but there are wonderful tones of graphite, dark red cherries, cranberries, cedar, and tobacco tones.

    Overall: This is a monster in the making. The structure is massive, but so is the depth and power behind the tones. This will need a lot of rest to show at it's best, but it should reward the patience.

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  • 2010 Château Lynch-Bages 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: This had a sumptuous nose with deep tones of pencil lead, dark red cherries, cranberries, cedar, and some licorice and black currant jam. While this leans to a more forward style, it is an impressive nose nonetheless.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with big and chewy tannins. The tannins are oppressive, but there are sleek tones of pencil lead, tobacco, dark red cherries, and black currant jam.

    Overall: This does need a good amount of time. It will be interesting to see how this develops as it has a more forward nature than it used to. Still, this was a real winner and should reward some long aging.

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  • 2010 Château Lynch-Moussas 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: There is a green touch to the nose and is a bit confusing along with tones of chalk, dark red cherries, cedar, and spice box.

    Taste: Medium bodied with good tannins. The mid-palate is lacking a bit and there is the green note along with tones of dark red cherries, cedar, and spice box.

    Overall: I wasn't fully sure what to make of this. It was lacking a slight bit and there was a green streak that was surprising.

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  • 2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: Deep and brawny nose with tones of dark red cherries, tobacco, cranberries, cedar, and dark berry tones. While this is showing great depth and class, it is very tight and it takes a bit to get everything.

    Taste: Full bodied with big and chewy tannins. The structure is very imposing with the tannins almost being a 1 foot thick wall. Still, there is a lot to like underneath the tannins with tones of dark red cherries, cranberries, tobacco, and dark berry tones.

    Overall: This is brutally young right now. This is a Pichon Baron for the future and it will need it. There is a ton to like and this could be on the same level as the 90 down the road.

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  • 2010 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Nose: It is tight, but there are very pretty tones of perfumes, red florals, dark red cherries, tobacco, cedar, and berry tones. There is great depth to this as well with there being more soft edges on everything.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity and some very noticeable tannins. The structure is certainly there, but it takes on more of a silky quality along with feminine tones of dark red cherries, red florals, cedar, and tobacco tones.

    Overall: This is what a young Lalande is about. It shows the feminine side while also having a good dose of class to it. It needs time to show everything off, but it should reward patience.

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Flight 6 - St. Estephe (5 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Cos Labory 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose with tones of kirsch, dark red fruits, dark berries, cedar, and spice box tones. Nice complexity, but lacking some depth on the nose.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity and some good chewy tannins. It is lacking somewhat on the mid-palate, but there are nice tones of kirsch, dark red fruits, cedar, and spice box tones.

    Overall: This was a nice st. estephe. There is good balance on both the nose and palate, but the mid-palate is slightly lacking and it is disappointing.

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  • 2010 Château Les Ormes de Pez 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Nose: Nice and balanced nose with tones of dark red cherries, leather tones, dark berries, and some cedar tones.

    Taste: Medium body with medium acidity and some chewy tannins, but really lacking a mid-palate. Balanced with tones of cedar, dark red cherries, and dark berry tones.

    Overall: This is a very solid St. Estephe. It has nice balance on both the nose and palate, but it is lacking on the mid-palate.

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  • 2010 Château Lafon-Rochet 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Nose: Nice and attractive nose with tones of dark red cherries, cranberries, kirsch, and dark berry tones. More on the fruited side of things, but with good balance and nice depth.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and some very youthful tannins. The structure isn't completely overwhelming, but it's not going away any time soon. Nice and balanced with tones of dark red cherries, leather, kirsch, and some cranberries.

    Overall: This is a real quality Lafon-Rochet. This should age gracefully and it does need some time to come around.

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  • 2010 Château de Pez 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Nose: Straight forward and balanced nose with tones of dark red cherries, kirsch, cranberries, and some cedar tones.

    Taste: There is a chunky quality to the medium body with medium acidity and some chewy tannins. Straightforward with tones of leather, dark red cherries, kirsch, and cedar.

    Overall: This is a nice and straightforward St. Estephe. It does need some time to come together, but should be a nice drink when it's ready.

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  • 2010 Château Phélan Ségur 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Nose: The nose is pretty open with balanced tones of dark red cherries, berries, cedar, and leather tones. While it is open, it is lacking a slight bit of depth.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice chewy tannins. The mid-palate is lacking a slight bit, but there are nice tones of dark red cherries, berries, leather, and tobacco tones.

    Overall: This is a very nice wine. It's certainly on the youthful side, but it was shockingly open all things considered.

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Flight 7 - Sauternes & Barsac (8 Notes)

  • 2010 Château Climens 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac

    Nose: Gorgeous and succulent nose filled with tones of citrus, pears, nectarines, navel oranges and a touch of apricots. There is real good depth to this even with it being on the tighter side.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with crisp medium acidity. Very polished with some nice layering already and gorgeous tones of apricots, pears, citrus, and nectarines.

    Overall: This is a stellar wine that needs time. It has all the class and polish one would want from Climens and it should emerge even more with age.

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  • 2010 Château Coutet 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac

    Nose: Nice and straightforward nose with tones of nectarines, apricots, white fruits, and a touch of white florals.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with lower acidity. It is slightly flabby, but there are nice tones of green apples, nectarines, apricots, and some white fruits.

    Overall: The lack of real acidity could be a real problem down the road. Still, it's enjoyable right now and is probably best to be drunk more in the mid-term.

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  • 2010 Château de Fargues 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: There is a pristine quality to the tones of nectarines, apricots, pears, and white fruits. This has some real good depth and a real succulent quality as well.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium+ acidity that is nice and refreshing. Well balanced, and though it isn't fully jumping just yet, there are gorgeous tones of honeysuckle, nectarines, apricots, and some pears.

    Overall: This was utterly beautiful. It certainly will need time, but this was the best sauternes at the tasting for me.

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  • 2010 Château Doisy-Daëne 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: Nice and fresh nose with tones of nectarines, green apples, grapefruit, and pears. Decent depth, but there was a slight simplicity to this.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity. It isn't as fresh as the better stickies, but still has nice tones of nectarines, green apples, and pear tones with a touch of apricots.

    Overall: A nice and straightforward sauternes. This was more in the middle of the pack, but is still a nice sticky and should age well.

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  • 2010 Château Guiraud 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: This was had a more upfront quality with tones of nectarines, pears, apricots, and white fruits. There is good depth, but a sappiness to it as well.

    Taste: Full bodied with a real richness to it, though the medium acidity isn't as crisp as would be preferred. Balanced, with very good depth and tones of white fruits, apricots, and nectarines.

    Overall: This was a bit larger scale than I would've expected. If it can come into full balance with age this can be something beautiful.

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  • 2010 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: There is a nice freshness and higher toned quality to the nose with tones of papaya, citrus, pears, white fruits, and green apples. Nice depth, but not too layered at the same time.

    Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity. It's lacking some of the botyrtis feel and it feels more like an auslese from a botyrtis vintage. Still, there are very nice and crisp tones sof papaya, citrus, white fruits, and some green apples.

    Overall: This was one of the more individual sauternes in the tasting. As noted, it seemed more like an auslese than what I would expect from a sauternes.

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  • 2010 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: Nice and fresh tones of white fruits, pears, apricots, and green apples. Decent depth, but it's lacking some expression that would be really nice.

    Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium acidity, this seems to lack some depth and verve on the palate. There are very nice tones of white fruits, apricots, and green apples.

    Overall: This is a nice and straightforward sauternes. It does lack some expression and verve, but it provides some enjoyment as well. It should develop with age and lose some of the baby fat that is currently on it.

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  • 2010 Château Suduiraut 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Nose: There is real good depth to this with a wonderful expression as well. The tones of white peaches, apricots, green apples, and pears favor a slightly more rich take, but work well together already.

    Taste: Full bodied with medium+ acidity that is nice and refreshing. While slightly bigger, it doesn't feel to be too big and has succulent tones of white peaches, green apples, and pears.

    Overall: This was extremely enjoyable and needs a good amount of time to fully come around. There is real good expression to this right now and a good amount of depth. While it isn't an all-time Suduiraut, it has a lot of potential to be something great.

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Closing

This was much more of a mixed bag than I anticipated. While this is an extremely good vintage on the whole, it is far from uniform and there were some mid-palate issues with a lot of wines I came across. The successful wines were something spectacular, but the this left me wanting on the whole.

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