6 2010 Margaux Wines from the UGC Tasting

I did not get to try as many wines from this appellation as I wanted to. Overall I did not think that the left bank wines were equal to the wines of St. Emilion and Margaux was no exception. They were more tannic and less approachable overall. The Malescot, Lascombes and Rauzan-Segla were outstanding wines with the Rauzan being my favorite. Here are my notes:

2010 Château Rauzan-Ségla - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. This was the best Rauzan-Segla I have had (the only others wer the 2001, 2003 and 2005). It was also my favorite among the Margaux wines at this tasting. Creamy texture. Lots of red fruit with some charcoal and asphalt on the finish. Full bodied. 93-94 points.

2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Despite owning a case of the 2005 I have not tried it yet. Did try the 2000 and thought the 2010 was superior. Approachable fruit wine. Moderate tannins in comparison. Notes of raw meat and crushed grape skins. 93 points.

2010 Château Kirwan - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. I liked this wine better than most at the tasting. It was comparable to the 2005 and 2009 and better than the 1983 and 2003. I think the 2005 has the more potential. A menthol nose. Notes of forest floor or a leafiness with black currant and a pruny fruit. 91-93 points.

2010 Château Lascombes - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Fell short of the outstanding wines this estate made in 2005 and 2009. Similar quality to the 2003 which I had recently and better than the 2001. This had a minty note with plum and leather. Nice mineral quality. Firm tannins. 92-93 points.

2010 Château Giscours - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot. This wine was about the quality of the 2001 and 2003 but not as good as the 2000, 2005 and 2009. I did like it better than the 1996 though. Approachable at the tasting. Lighter tannins than the other Margaux. Notes of lead pencil and cassis. 89-91 points.

2010 Château Ferrière - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (2/1/2013)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Dark purple. Aromas of crushed berries and smoke. Medium tannins. Notes of oak and black cherry. Both the 2000 and 2005 were better. However, the 2010 was slightly superior to the 2001 or 2009. 88-90 points.

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Here were my Margaux thoughts:

Lascombes - found a lighter fruit aroma to this as opposed to a lot of the darker fruits that many on the night had. Taste had some spice and dark raspberry. 92 points, which is ahead of the 90 points I gave the 2009.

Malescot St. Exupery - also had a lighter fruit aroma, with a bit of greenness. The taste came through much better, without any hint of green. 93 points.

Rauzan Segla - tough aroma with not much coming through. Taste showed a bit, though, with medium dark fruit. 91 points, which is just behind the 2009 I gave 92 points.

Du Tertre - also noticed the lighter fruit aroma, and the taste had a decent level of acidity to it. 90 points.

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