On the Right Bank of Bordeaux there are numerous wines from ‘lesser’ appellations that far excel their stations. La Grolet is one of those wines. It has good red and blue fruits which have good richness, a smoky/mineral note and some gamey characters. The palate has flesh and fine tannins. It is a lovely drink and a great way to ease into the Bordeaux world or balance the cost of the great Growth wines.
Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
2010 – Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.