This was the best appellation at the tasting in my opinion. In fact, the St. Emilion wines from 2010 equal and could surpass the 2009's. Some real standouts here and some wines which were the finest examples ever the estates. Here are my notes:
2010 Château Troplong Mondot - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. I was shocked to look at my notes after the tasting to see this was my highest scoring St. Emilion. I think this is a testament to how well this region did in 2010. Favorite wine from this estate ever (2003, 2005 or 2009). Black color. Notes of caramel, wet stones and blackberry. Sweet, long finish. 95-96 points.
2010 Château Canon - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The best Canon I have had and one of the standouts among the St. Emilions. Better than the 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009. One of the most open wines at this tasting. Round and rather sweet upfront. notes of red licorice, boysenberries and asphalt. A touch of alcohol on the finish. 94-95 points.
2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Less Merlot than most of the other right bank wines. Another standout from the region. This probably had the most depth of any of the wines at this tasting. Notes of currants, plums and ripe red fruit. Sweet tannins with a round texture. I liked this better than the bottle of 1995 I've had. It was the equal of the 2003 and 2005 but fell short of the 2009. 93-95 points.
2010 Château Pavie Macquin - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. A beautiful wine filled with potential. Floral nose. Sweet tannins. Definite right bank character. Approachable at this event. Notes of red fruit, oak and charcoal. Better than the 1990 or 1999 but below the 2005. Liked it as well as the 2009. 94 points.
2010 Château Grand Mayne - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The best Grand Mayne I have had. Better than the 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009. Blackish purple. Sweet tannins. A meaty wine with berry and hard candy notes. Long finish and good depth. 92-93 points.
2010 Château La Couspaude - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
75% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc and 5% Cab Sauvignon. another wine which outperformed expectations this year. Only the 2003 and 2009 were as good. Better than the 1998, 2000 and 2005. Very pretty nose with floral nuances. Surprisingly approachable wine. Notes of toasted oak and blackberries. 92-93 points.
2010 Château La Dominique - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
85% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc and 2% Cab Sauvignon. I liked this wine better than most people I talked to at the tasting. Best bottle I have had from this estate beating the 2003, 2005 and 2009. Moderate to firm tannins. Round and voluptuous. Earthy wine with notes of forest floor and coffee. 92-93 points.
2010 Château Figeac - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
35% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. I've had quite a few vintages of this wine and the 2010 fell in the middle. Better than the 1995, 1999 and 2003. About as good as the 2005. Below the 1962, 2000 and 2009. Aromas of tobacco leaf. Firm tannins. This tasted more left bank in style (likely because of the high CS %). Notes of Beef blood, smoke and tar. 91-92 points.
2010 Clos Fourtet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cab Franc. Liked this better than the 1998 and 2005 and about the same as the 2009. Dark purple color and thick. Notes of cherry, graphite and tar. Very tannic. 92 points.
2010 Château La Gaffelière - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This fell into the middle of all the vintages of this wine I have had. Better than the 2001. Equal to the 1998 and 2003. Slightly below the 2005. Some mint on the nose. Notes of cocoa powder and jammy red fruit. Good mineral character. Moderate tannins. 90-92 points.
2010 Château Trotte Vieille - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (1/31/2013)
50% Merlot, 45% Cab Franc and 5% Cab Sauvignon. First time I have had a wine from this estate. Notes of espresso and plum. Fine acidity. Medium bodied. 90-92 points.
I'll keep following your lead here. I didn't taste all the ones you did, but here were my thoughts.
Canon La Gaffeliere - my favorite wine of the UGC tasting. Dark fruit and coffee aroma with some sweetness that was very enjoyable. Taste was pretty approachable, yet had a moderate amount of tannings. The dark fruit definitely came through on the palate along with some acidity. 94 points. I missed the 2009 at last year's tasting.
Figeac - liked the aroma with dark fruit, oak and cocoa. Taste was lighter on the palate than I expected based on the nose. Pretty tannic, and was in a mode of not showing too much that I expected. 92 points. I scored the 2009 at 93 points.
Clos Fourtet - aroma had the dark fruit, but not too overbearing. Taste had a nice smooth feeling, so not too much oak/tannin. 93 points - also didn't taste the 2009.
La Dominique - not much of a note here, just that the taste was a bit lighter than some of the others, and I gave it 89 points.
La Gaffeliere - medium fruit on the nose, easy drinking with moderate acidity and medium tannins. 91 points.
Larcie Ducasse - had a bit of green aroma that also came through in the taste. 89 points.
Pavie Macquin - not a lot came through in the nose, but the fruit didn't seem as dark as some others. Taste was a bit too acidic. Second tasting had more of a greenness come through. 88-91 points.
Troplong Mondot - this one seemed like running into a wall in that you couldn't get much out of it. Did get some leather and oak on the nose, and the taste was acidic and pretty tannic. Didn't show much fruit. 90 points.
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