2010 Grand Mayne, St-Emilion
Modern in style, with its new wood flavors dominant, this is a tight wine at this stage, packed with tannins, the fruit a ripe promise for the future. Big and dark, juicy flavors show through finally.
Blackberries, coffee and some cool wet chalk. Opens up with strawberries, blackberries and dark chocolate. Full and intense on the palate with lots of dark polished fruit and sweet licorice in the long finish. Soft and smooth with good density and smooth tannins. Drink from 2015.
A dark, lush, enveloping style, with flavors of fig paste, blackberry preserves and hoisin sauce forming an impressive core, while smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes entwine themselves around it. The finish is long and fleshy. Best from 2015 through 2027.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I had this wine four different times, rating it between 88 and 92, so some bottle variation (or was it my palate?) seems at play. The wine is certainly deep and medium to full-bodied, but I don't think it equals their brilliant effort in 1998 or even some of their more recent vintages. Nevertheless, there is a lot here to like, especially in the bottles that showed so well. Plenty of floral-infused blueberry fruit intermixed with some incense, lead pencil shavings and spice are present in this richly fruity, full, fleshy wine, which should drink well for up to 12-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of redcurrant, plum, spices and nutty oak, accented by a minty nuance. Then plush and suave in the mouth, with blueberry and raspberry fruit complicated by spicy oak and a floral nuance. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and plenty of early sex appeal. This wine reportedly includes a bit of cabernet sauvignon for the first time in many years. A very good showing today.