Parker’s 2010 Pessac-Léognan Favourites
Wine Critic Robert Parker was effusive in his praise for Pessac-Léognan’s 2010 vintage. He awarded two chateaux of the appelation his coveted perfect 100 score: Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Pape-Clement. The 2010 vintage in Pessac-Léognan reached perfect ripness in all red grape varieties resulting in a stunning concentration of flavors and aromas.
Re-release score : 100
Barrel Tasting score: 98-100
Ancient Chateau Haut Brion has a reputation for consititantly delivering incredible wines. Parker originally gave the 2010 vintage a 98-100, and after retasting this January rated the wine at a full 100 points. Parker called the wine “extrodinary” and “perfect.” Admiring its “incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers.” Haut-Brion 2010 will reach maturity from 2022-2065+.
Re-release score : 98
Barrel Tasting score: 94-97
Red wines tends to outshine their white counteparts in Bordeaux, but this is not true with the Haut Brion’s 2010 white wine. A blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc and 46% Semillion grapes, Parker praises the concentration and mineraltiy of the wine, calling it the “dry white of the vintage.” On the nose he found notes of “orange marmalade, candle wax, honeysuckle and caramelized melons.” Parker oringinally gave the wine a score of 94-97 but was so impressed he increased the score to 98.
Chateau Pape Clement
Re-release score : 100
Barrel Tasting score 93-95+
Gaining 5 points after retasting, Chateau Pape Clement 2010 is what Parker calls “perfection in a bottle.” Parker effusively admits that he “certainly underestimated” the vintage when he first tasted it back in 2011. A wine of “sublime elegance” Pape Clement 2010 is 51% Merlot, 47.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Petit Verdot. On the nose Parker found notes of “subtle notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black currants, charcoal, camphor, blueberry and cassis fruit. This wine deserves almost a decade of aging and will last for another 30-40 years.
Domaine de Chevalier
Re-release score : 95
Barrel Tasting score 91-93
Parker calls Domaine de Chevalier 2010 one of his “all-time favorite wines” from the estate. He lauds the wines “notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants” calling its aromas “fragrant, complex.” Domaine de Chevalier 2010 has an “opulent, precocious style” and is a luxurious blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Parker advises, “this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more.” Gaining 2 points from its original score, Domaine de Chevalier 2010 is one of the true starts of the Pessac-Léognan vintage.