2010 Bordeaux: Let’s Get It Started!

Anybody knowing me knows that I am totally into Bordeaux. Well, a few weeks back I was lucky enough to go there and to taste a number of 2010s. It is another fabled vintage, more 2005 than 2009. Wines of considerable spine, with good acids and tannin structure galore. Classic style, 2010, showing the particular “cerebral” style that is typical of Bordeaux with freshness, acids and tannins to match the plentitude of Cab and Merlot. Stay tuned, we are beginning to wheel and deal another great vintage and it should be to your delight.


2010 Chateau Moya

Dark and mouthfilling, with lots of anise, raspberry, boysenberry and fruitcake flavors pumping along, while a driving graphite spine imparts freshness and vivacity. Drink now through 2018.


2010 Chateau du Gaby

Still very primal, but enticing, with sappy raspberry, sweet spice, melted licorice and linzer torte notes that have yet to stretch out fully. There’s racy acidity as well, so this should knit nicely.


2010 Tour de Pez

This deep-colored wine has the alcohol and firm tannins to match its hue. It’s very dense and structured, but it also plays up the ripe blackberry fruits. Give it many years to soften out.


2010 Fleur Cardinale

…floral notes intermixed with black raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry fruit… Exuberant and flamboyant with full-bodied richness, stunning purity and an impressive, textured mouthfeel and finish…


Chateau Gaby: Get in on this Gem!

91 Point Wine Spectator Super Deal

This beauty from Bordeaux’s Canon-Fronsac is a dead ringer for great St.-Emillon. In fact, at just 15 km from St.-Emilion and Pomerol, Canon-Fronsac is a geological continuation of the St.-Emilion limestone plateau with clay soils that Merlot just loves, producing supple and sophisticated wines that keep me coming back for more. Gaby is so good and such a solid bargin that 90% of it is consumed in Europe! Only two retailers sell it here in the States. When I tasted it, I had to get it for you. When you pop this one, everyone will gab about just how unbelievably good it is. With plush, smooth tannins swimming in a core of Merlot-driven plums and hint of Cabernet herbs and the ability to age gracefully, 2009 Gaby is a show-stopping steal.


2009 Chateau du Gaby

A broad, fleshy, smoky style, with dark plum, currant paste, braised fig and baker’s chocolate notes that hang on the muscular finish. A gutsy style, but should be tamed a bit by cellaring….