Decanter publishes ratings for exceptional Bordeaux 2010 vintage
on 15/04/11 at 3:59 pmWine
The Decanter team – Steven Spurrier in the Medoc and Graves, James Lawther on the Right Bank, and Michel Bettane in Sauternes – give their verdicts on one of the most talked-about vintages of the last 10 years.
All are unequivocal: Bordeaux 2010 is an exceptional vintage. ‘Only time will tell if it is better than 2009,’ Lawther says, adding that the wines of 2010 are more ‘classically’ defined.
‘Colours are deep, the tannin content high…and there’s an extraordinary level of acidity…’
Spurrier too was pleased by what he saw, reserving special praise for Graves and Pessac-Leognan, the ‘standout success’ of the vintage, and also for the lesser Cotes de Bordeaux appellation.
Michel Bettane, who returns this year to cover Sauternes and Barsac for Decanter, says this is a ‘great vintage…a lucky continuation of a stunning succession, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009.’
Scores are high this year, with four ‘perfect’ 20-point scores – the same number as 2005 and three more than 2009 – and five 19.5 scores.