Parker’s Favourites from Saint-Emilion in 2010
The 2010 Saint Emilion vintage was outstanding. The Melot reached beautiful concentration due to a dry summer with hot days and cool nights while the Cabernets, both Franc and Suavignon, were very successful. With such ripeness in all grapes one can expect bountiful flavors, aromas and tannin in 2010. Parker increased the scores of 5 Saint Emilion Chateaux after re-tasting the wines earlier this year.
2010 Chateau Troplong-Mondot – 99
When he originally scored 2010 ChateauTroplong-Mondot in 2011, he called it “an amazing wine” and gave it a score of 96-98+. After re-tasting it at the beginning of the year, he had even more praises to sing and called the wine “absolutely stunning.” Troplong-Mondot 2010 is “powerful, fullbodied” and shows “notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit.” This wine should be consumed ideally between 2018-2048.
2010 Chateau Cheval Blanc – 100!
Wow’ed by Cheval Blanc 2010, Parker had high praise for the Chateau saying that the vintage “is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs [he has] tasted in 34 years in this profession.” After barrel tasting in 2011, Parker awarded the wine a 96-98+. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, Parker lauds the wine’s “berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings.” This wine has incredible aging potential.
2010 Chateau La Gaffeliere – 95+
Chateau La Gaffeliere 2010 is one of the wines whose scores increased the most, jumping from a score of 91-93 to a very respectable score of 95+. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Parker appreciated “the impressive levels of red, blue and black fruits as well as some toasty oak and crushed rock” which, he noted, gives the wine a certain minerality. Drink this Chateau La Gaffeliere 2010 from 2017-2047.
2010 Chateau Angelus – 98
Chateau Angelus 2010 is another wine whose score increased by an impressive 2 points, from 94-96+ to an impressive 98. Parker calls the vintage an “absolutely spectacular wine.” He found the wine to have an incredible depth and possessing a “beautifully sweet smorgasbord of aromas ranging from blueberry pie to espresso roast, white chocolate, creme de cassis, licorice, truffle and a touch of lead pencil shavings.” This incredible wine should be aged for about 10 years before drinking and can be enjoyed until 2060.
2010 Clos Fourtet – 98
Clos Fourtet 2010 is a “dense, full, rich, unctuously textured and very full-bodied” wine and whose score increased from 95-97 to 98. A blend of a blend of 87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc this wine has “abundant notes of forest floor, spring flowers, black raspberry and blueberry liqueur in the aromatics along with hints of espresso and white chocolate.”