James Suckling rated the 2010 Bordeaux : 100-99
Château Margaux 100 – Margaux
A phenomenal nose of roses, violets, and other flowers. Subtle yet rich raspberries and currants. It is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a curious wine, almost ethereal. It is all in the front of the palate with ultra-fine tannins. It is full and very, very rich but it is balanced and in harmony. What a wine! It is a pinpointed wine that is so cerebral it sends shivers down my spine. Incredible.
Vieux Château Certan 100 – Pomerol
This is off the charts. I am blown away. This is so concentrated yet perfect. With chocolate, blackberry, coffee. Full and amazing in density and balanced. The grapes were tiny and the production was tiny. I am speechless. This may match the legendary 1947 or 1945.
Château Lafite Rothschild 100 – Pauillac
Believe the hype. Lafite is perfect in 2010. The nose is amazing with sweet tobacco, dark chocolate and currants. It is amazing. It’s like gazing into the blue sky in wonder after tasting this young wine. Full and powerful with amazing minerals, currants and bitter chocolate. It starts off slowly and then finishes with a bang. This is really layered and wonderful. It goes on and on. Stunning.
Château Mouton-Rothschild 99-100 – Pauillac
This is pure Mouton. The aromas to this wine are so fabulous. I thought right away back to the 1947, one of the great classics of Mouton. Menthol, minty, light eucalyptus, currants and dark fruits on the nose. Full bodied, with super intense and powerful fruit and tannins. So unique for a first growth. Almost all Cab. Magnificent. This is clearly better than 2009. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot.
Domaine de Chevalier 99-100 – Pessac-Léognan Blanc
This is a remarkable wine with a density of fruit that reminds me of a Montrachet from a great vintage. it’s full bodied, dense and rich — almost oily — but then it turns bright and fresh with a powerful backbone of acidity. A marvel.
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 99-100 – St-Julien
I can’t believe the precision and complexity in this wine. This is really amazing with minerals, berries, currants and blackberries. Full and extraordinary. It goes on and on and on. Tasted twice. Best ever from Ducru.