The Derenoncourt 2010 Primeurs tasting


The Derenoncourt 2010 Primeurs tasting

Just back from the Derenoncourt tasting where I tasted about 50% of the wines on offer. Wines were limited to the Bordeaux appellations but I made sure that I tasted at least one wine in every appellation there.

2010 is certainly going to be a very good year, especially on the right bank, where most of the wines at the tasting came from anyway. Maybe it is too early to tell, but I felt that the wines from the Médoc were a little more angular than their right bank counterparts and that that some of the wines from the Graves area were positively green.

I don’t propose to give points scores – it’s far too early for that – but I was impressed most for their balance, finesse, vibrancy, grip and complexity by Chx. Bienfaisance, Moulinet, Lucia, Sanctus, La Tour Figeac, Berliquet, La Gaffalière and Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse. Ch. Paveil de Luze (Margaux) wasn’t bad kit either.

If I had to pick a winner, though, I would plump for Ch. Berliquet – the tannins already amazingly integrated with delicious sweet fruit on the palate and a long, complex finish. We’ll just await the prices now.

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