2010 Roustaing "Reserve Vielles Vignes," Bordeaux

SKU #1112004

This old estate--which dates back to the middle ages--is in the middle of the Entre-Deux-Mers, just outside the village of Targon. We carried this property's fantastic 2000 vintage, and now, 10 years later, we've bought their 2010--one of the few wines from the vintage that we will carry for the price. (Most 2010 Bordeaux in this price range are too tough to enjoy young.) K&L's Clyde Beffa says, "This wine really opens up after some airing to become a very fruit-foward wine to enjoy at a party. Grill the hamburgers and serve this red fruit-flavored 2010." An incredible value from this remarkable vintage, an everyday Bordeaux you should buy by the case.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2012 | Send Email
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Some of the 2010 Bordeaux, lesser grouths (of course) have begun to arrive, and most are showing a bit of youthfulness and tightness. However, this lovely puppy, which we last imported with the 2000 vintage, has arrived, and with decanting and an hour or more of airing, offers delicious fruit of a white pepper to licorice spiciness in conjunction with blackberries and cedary notes on the nose and in the mouth. The tannins are integrated and silky, with this Gem showing moderate complexity and structural depth, it is a wine for near-term consumption. Rusty has informed me that this puppy will be one of our house reds for the month and will be served with the thigh portion coming from our turkey. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2015

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