9 2010 St. Julien Wines from the UGC Tasting

St. Julien is normally my favorite appellation and these wines were very good. My favorite was the Leoville Barton. However, like the wines of Pauillac, I don't think a single wine at this tasting outperformed it's 2009 counterpart. Here are my notes:

2010 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. An excellent wine and among the best from this appellation at the tasting. better than the 1996, 1999 and 2001. At this same stage though, the 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009 were better. This wine was not as tannic as I expected and was approachable for being so young. Very pretty nose with some floral nuances. Sweet red and black fruit with notes of currant and jammy berries. This had a leathery feel to it. A little alcohol showed up on the finish. 94-95 points.

2010 Château Léoville Poyferré - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Of all the Poyferre wines I've had, only the 2000 was better. I did not like the 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003 or 2005 as much. A dark and powerful effort. Notes of licorice, tar and cherry cough syrup. Sweet tannins. 93-95 points.

2010 Château Gruaud Larose - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. A fine effort by this estate. Better than the 1981, 1996 or 2001. Similar quality to the 1982, 1989, 2003 and 2005. Only the 2000 and 2009 were better of the GL's I've had. Crimson color. Smokey nose. A multi layered wine with notes of menthol, cocoa and plum. Meaty texture. This had excellent depth. 93+ points.

2010 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Just as good as the 1995 and 2003 and better than the 2001. I liked the 2005 and 2009 better though. This had a tartness and higher acidity to it. Notes of plum, red currant and black cherry. Earthy finish with a fine minerality. 91-92 points.

2010 Château Saint-Pierre - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. Tried this twice at the tasting and thought it was better the 2nd time around. Very similar to the 2009. Also had the 1990 and 2000 before and did not think they were as good. Some eucalyptus and cherry aromas. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and forest floor. This wine had a woodiness to it. 91-93 points.

2010 Château Gloria - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. This was the equal of the 2000 and 2009. Deep purple color. A very powerful and tannic wine. Not showing as much fruit as the other St. Julien wines. Notes of asphalt and wet earth. 90-91 points.

2010 Château Langoa Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Only had 3 prior vintages of this wine. The 2001 was not as good and the 1996 and 2009 were of equal quality. Somewhat dry tannins. Notes of sweet tea and cherries. medium bodied. 89-90 points.

2010 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2.5% Cabernet Franc. I thought this was one of the weaker efforts from this estate that I have had. The Only the 2003 was not as good in my opinion. The 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009 were as good or better. Very tannic and a little bitter. Notes of rubber and black pepper. 89 points.

2010 Château Talbot - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (2/7/2013)
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Overall a weak performance from this estate. Can't recall a prior Talbot that was not at least as good. The 2005 was similar. The 1989, 2000, 2003 and 2009 were better. Thinner than all of the other St. Julien wines at the tasting. Notes of underbrush, green pepper and cassis. Medium bodied. 88-89 points.

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