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In Stock: Three Towering Expressions from the Prodigious 2010 Bordeaux Vintage - 12/07/2019 - Red Bordeaux

Nearing the ten-year mark, now is an opportune time to revisit the brilliant 2010 vintage in Bordeaux. Overshadowed by its predecessor, the landmark 2009 vintage, the 2010s never received the time in the spotlight they so richly deserved. This is unfortunate as the wines are nothing short of brilliant. Notable for their deep extraction, robust tannins, and remarkable structure, the 2010s are among the most age-worthy wines Bordeaux has produced. Now with almost a decade behind them, the wines are beginning to come into their own. Three of the vintage’s most inspired bottlings hail from the celebrated properties of Rauzan-Ségla, Troplong Mondot, and Pontet-Canet. This trio dazzled the critics, earning ratings from 98 to 100 points and accolades that place them alongside the much-vaunted First Growths. Unlike the First Growths, however, this trio remains very reasonably priced. For those seeking blue-chip pedigree, but wish to stay within a budget, these are among the best finds in the market.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 98 $149.99 View
2010 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion 99 $199.99 View
2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 100 $289.99 View


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2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux ($149.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that could easily be mistaken for a First Growth, the 2010 Rauzan-Ségla is an incredibly powerful, full-bodied wine by this estates standards, yet it nevertheless holds onto a terrific sense of elegance as well as perfect balance. A huge nose of blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco, lead pencil, and spice give way to a concentrated, blockbuster styled Margaux that has thrilling depth of fruit, masses of ripe tannins, and great length and finesse on the finish. This brilliant wine is just now seemingly on the edge of its drink window and offers immense pleasure, yet it has another 30-40 years of life ahead of it. Along with the 2015 and 2016, its the greatest wine made at this estate in the past two decades." (05/2019)

98 points James Suckling: "Beautiful clarity of fruit with raspberries and currants on the nose. Roses and other flowers too. It's almost hard to describe, but there's a real purity. Full body, with fabulous balance and depth. It has everything in the right place. Best ever?" (02/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the top Margaux wines, this is in top form, finely balanced and as elegant as it is powerful. It is darkly structured, dense yet balancing tannins with ripe black plums. It expresses the complexity of the vintage. A wine for serious, long-term aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate's production. It is certainly not for those who cant wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more. (RP) 95+" (02/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Flashy style of Margaux, with alluring warm cocoa and black tea aromatics followed by cashmere-textured plum sauce, steeped fig and blackberry confiture notes. The well-integrated structure makes this seem almost accessible now, but the ample length and a smoldering tobacco note make a case for cellaring. (JM)" (03/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Boysenberry, bitter chocolate, menthol and sweet oak on the nose. Spicy, fat and layered, with compelling sweetness to the concentrated flavors of boysenberry, cherry and dark chocolate. Finishes spicy, broad and very long, with serious but suave tannins and echoing dark fruits. This very dense and full-bodied wine refuses to let up. I'd lay it down for at least seven or eight years and then drink it over the next two or three decades. Looks to be a great vintage for this estate. (ST) 93+" (07/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Fragrant and savoury all at once. Classic integration of cassis and cedar aromas that only Bordeaux can do. Then really rich and creamy on the palate even though the tannins are dense and firm. Chocolate rules on the finish though there's freshness to balance. 17.5/20 points (JH)" (11/2012)

K&L Notes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 11, 2016

Here is a profound wine with earthy aromas of crushed flowers, dark fruit and a minty note that is huge but effortless and balanced. The open knight fruit profile, classy lines and fine grip on the finish almost hide the 20 plus years of ageing potential lurking underneath. A fantastic effort that is well worth the money.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2016

An ager with deep, concentrated aromas of toasted oak, smoke and Asian spice. Big wine but very silky for a 2010 wine. Will age a long time, but good to drink in next five years.

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2010 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion ($199.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I'm not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. (RP)" (02/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Knockout nose combines sexy black raspberry, smoky earth tones, dark chocolate and spices. Lush, dense, sweet and complete, with black fruit, cocoa powder and mineral flavors offering both full ripeness and a cool restraint. Really insinuating depth of flavor here. Finishes with powerful echoing black fruits and great focus and length, with substantial but ripe and perfectly integrated tannins. A great example of a late-ripening terroir in a long growing season without extreme heat. (ST)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and dense, but very vibrant and energetic, as a torrent of cassis, blackberry coulis and fig paste rushes through, framed by enticing black licorice and evenly roasted alder and juniper notes. The long finish has lots of grip and acidity, but they work together and are deeply embedded. Captures the fruit and structure of the vintage superbly. (JM)" (03/2013)

94 points James Suckling: "Very intense blackberry and blueberry character on the nose. Full body with super refined tannins and beautiful fruit. So delicious and pretty. Very rich and a little high-octane. Yet luscious and flamboyant." (02/2013)

K&L Notes: One of the largest of the St-Emilion estates, Troplong Mondot's 33 hectares of vineyard are extremely impressive. Wonderful exposure, fine drainage through the top layer of clay and deep limestone base, older vines averaging 35 years and up to 90 years old, and avoidance of vineyard chemical treatments combine to produce a consistently spectacular wine. Troplong Mondot is planted with 90% Merlot and 5% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. We've had a long and proud history working with Troplong Mondot and have seen a consistent following of this great estate, both from our customers and reviewers.

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2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289.99)

100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir. Try after 2018." (11/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely amazing wine... It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and thats assuming it doesnt close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canets 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet! (RP)" (02/2013)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2010 Pontet-Canet lags behind the 2009, but these two vintages can be hard to compare due the drastically different styles. Where the 2009 is broad, expansive, and showy, the 2010 starts our more reserved and classic in style, with beautiful notes of cassis, cedarwood, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and damp earth all developing with air. Deep, beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and powerful, its built for the long haul and needs 5-7 years of bottle age, but I suspect will see its 50th birthday in still fine drinking form. 98+" (10/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The greatness of the wine shows in its purity with a deceptive simplicity that hides the final complex tannins and structure. (RV)" (05/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. (JM)" (03/2013)

96 points Decanter: "Vibrant nose, blackcurrants and blackberries and mint, with great purity of fruit. Very rich and weighty, with formidable tannins and a graphite tone. Powerful and pungent with a trace of alcohol on the finish, but enough power and density to balance it. Monumental and very long. (SB)"

95 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Superripe, soil-driven aromas of currant, plum, cherry pie, mocha and minerals; almost liqueur-like in its ripeness, in a 1947 way. Then huge, sweet and plush, with great volume and depth to its flavors of cassis, flowers, minerals, game and olive. Finishes with big, ripe, horizontal tannins and great mounting length. This remarkably thick wine is actually a bit youthfully stunted today and should really be cellared for ten years. It should go on for three or four decades in a cool cellar. (ST) 95+" (07/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Delicious milk chocolate, raspberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice. Actually bears a resemblance to top class Syrah. Opulent, expressive, scented, aromatic and rich -- but all within a classic claret structure. 18/20 points. (RH)" (11/2014)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2019

This seems bigger and more structured than the 2009 but equally full bodied, rich and fruity. The oodles of plush, creamy blackberry fruit, pencil lead aromas and hints of dried flowers are all there but in a tighter, cleaner and more classic style. Here the acid is a bit fresher, the tannins a touch crisper and the overall brute strength of the wine shines through more obviously. This sits at the absolute pinnacle of what can be achieved in Bordeaux and could rest in a cool cellar for 50 years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2015

A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.