2010 Sainte-Marguerite, Medoc

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By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2019 | Send Email
2010 was an utterly spectacular vintage for Bordeaux, especially in the Medoc. The nose on this charmer opens with notes of ripe red and black cherry, black raspberry, and black plum framed by accents of rose petal, tobacco leaf, leather, tar, and a hint of dried herbs. Medium in body with fine focus and balance, it is already in its drinking window, though it should continue to evolve well over the next 5-6 years. It positively begs for wintery roasts and stews and will also play well with duck, steak, and even backyard barbecue fare come Spring/Summer. This is a fantastic way to get your hands on some quality 2010 without breaking the bank. Superb value buy.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2019 | Send Email
This is surprisingly approachable for the vintage and filled with warm, jammy fruit, notions of earth and a clean finish. Flavors and aromas of black cherry, dark plum, tobacco and even a hint of tree bark are present in the jam packed middle. This over delivers at a great price.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2019 | Send Email
Classic Bordeaux from a classic vintage! It's time to start opening up those 2010s, widely touted as perhaps the "Vintage of the Century," and what better place to start than with this delicious Medoc blend from a winery we've had great success with in past vintages. Beautiful dense aromas of cherry, cigar box, plums, black raspberries, leather and savory herbs. Wonderful balance and structure, and just now entering its drinking window. The perfect wine to buy a case of and enjoy from time to time over the next few years.

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