Budget 2010 Bordeaux from The Wine Importer

Paul Mitchell, also known as ‘The Wine Importer' has provided the New Zealand fine wine enthusiast with a diverse and strong selection of interesting wine over many years. Recognising that Bordeaux wines at the very top level has become inaccessible to all but the most affluent buyers, Paul has specialised in bringing in good-value bottlings from the very top vintages. These wines demonstrate the style and quality of such vintages, but of course lack the polish and extreme quality of the top growths. There are many bargains in the range of wines on offer. 2010 is one of the great years for Bordeaux, and many critics have given the nod to it over the also outstanding 2009 vintage. The reality is that both years are great, but stylistically different, the 2009s rich, ripe and opulent, and the 2010s firm, structured and ageworthy. I've tasted a number of the ‘Budget Bordeaux' wines from 2009 that Paul Mitchell has brought in (in November 2011 – click here to view, and in June 2012 – click here to see). Here are my reviews of a selection of 2010 wines. There is no shortage of ripeness in the wines tasted, and the tannin structure is very prominent, being drier than what is seen in the Cabernet and Merlot based wines of this country. Are there concessions for the international consumer with the ripeness levels and alcohol levels of 13.5% to 14.5% in the wines, or are these attributes just expressions of the vintage? Either way, the wines show a modern and contemporary style. www.wineimporter.co.nz


  • Ch. Le Gay Bordeaux 2010
  • Ch. Haura Graves 2010
  • Ch. Croix Figeac Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2010
  • Ch. Bernadotte Haut Medoc 2010

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