This was probably the most painful UGC tasting I have been to. My lips hurt for 6 hours after the tasting from the tannins. Overall the wines from Pessac Leognan did not show as well as they did in the 2009 vintage. Some of them were rather atypical for the region in my opinion. However, the Pape Clement was a show stopper in my opinion. Here are my notes:
2010 Château Pape Clément - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Loved this wine. One of my absolute favorites of the UGC tasting. The finest PC I have had beating out the 1999, 2005 and 2009. Sweet tannins. Ripe black cherry, black currant, smoke and sweet berries. Full bodied. Long finish. 95+ points.
2010 Château Smith Haut Lafitte - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. An outstanding wine but a bit of a disappointment after the great 2009. Medium bodied. Notes of tar, prickly black fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Firm tannins. Better than the 1998, 2001 and 2003 but below the 2005 and 2009. I liked it as much as the 2000 on release. 92-93 points.
2010 Château Malartic-Lagravière - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Among the best ML wines I have had. The equal of the 2005 and 2009 and better than the 1998, 2000 and 2003. A thick and dark wine. Creamy red fruit with pencil shavi9ngs and licorice. An estate which seems to be continually improving. 91 points.
2010 Château de Fieuzal - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. A creamy texture. Notes of wet earth and red currant. Moderate tannins for the vintage. The equal of the 2000 and 2009 in my opinion. 90 points.
2010 Château La Tour-Martillac - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
Good effort. Liked this slightly better than the 2003 which is the only other wine from this producer I have had. Notes of charred oak, bittersweet chocolate and currants. 90-91 points.
2010 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. An estate which produced a better wine this year than in 2009 in my opinion. Still liked the 2000 better though. Minerally with solid acidity. Tart cherry and plum notes with some tar on the finish. Medium bodied. 88-90 points.
2010 Domaine de Chevalier - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
63% CS, 30% M and 7% PV. I noted some bitterness in this wine. Typical charcoal and asphalt notes with some roasted fruit. The 2009 was superior. 89-90 points.
2010 Château La Louvière - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (1/30/2013)
Not as good as the 1990, 2000, 2005 or 2009 but I did like this better than the 2003. Moderate tannins. Some barnyard on the nose. Weedy notes with dark fruit and pencil lead. Medium bodied. 87-88 points.
very nice report, VM. thanks.
we drank a top-notch 2010 Gigondas a few months back, and even after 2-3 hours of decanting the acidity and tannins were still scorching. i definitely feel your pain.
Thanks for the notes!
I did feel like the 2009s were really plush. Even Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion from the 2009 vintage are already drinking well after double decants.
The 2010s feel like hitting a wall.
Thanks for sharing. Here were some very brief notes/scores from the ones I tasted:
Domaine de Chevalier - I didn't find the bitterness you did, but thought it had plenty of flavor & depth. I tasted twice and gave it 93 both times, which is right behind the 2009 that I gave 94.
Pape Clement - I think I was the other on this as compared to you, too. I found it to have some bitterness and almost green aroma & taste. Definitely built with big dark fruit, but I gave it 90 points. I much preferred the 2009, which I gave 94 points.
Smith Haut Lafitte - I got a lot of the dark fruit and cocoa on the nose with this, and taste similar, yet seemed a bit lighter than expected. I gave it 92 points, slightly behind the 2009 that I gave 93.
I also tasted Haut Bergey, and enjoyed that quite a bit, especially at the price point I realized it was after the tasting. I gave it 92 points.
I also tasted a few of the whites (Carbonnieux, Chevalier, Pape Clement and Smith Haut Lafitte), and didn't really care for them. I think SHL was my favorite, but not enough to search out. I did enjoy Carbonnieux, Chevalier & SHL from 2009, so was a bit disappointed with the 2010's.
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