Tasting Report: 2010 - Bordeaux' “More” Great Vintage

February 3rd, 2013

The 2010 vintage in Bordeaux is truly superb. It’s a twin vintage in quality to the great 2009, but it’s very much different in style. The 2010 reds have more tannin structure, slightly more acidity than 2009, and, in many cases, more alcohol. It sounds like a cliché, but as one winemaker said to me during my three weeks in Bordeaux tasting, it is a vintage with more of everything.

I still like 2009 slightly more overall as THE modern vintage for Bordeaux, but I have to wonder whether I will prefer 2010 later on? The 2010 is slightly more classical in style due to its impressive tannin structure and creamy, bright acidity. But it’s impossible to deny the sexiness of the 2009. That vintage is just TOO wonderful to say it isn’t the greatest yet.

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