2010 Paloumey, Haut-Médoc
*Cellar Selection* This big, concentrated effort is currently closed, but it’s already hinting at ripe black fruits, solid tannins and a long future. On the finish, acidity and a black currant note give the wine a final lift. Keep this for at least five years.
Dark, grippy and very tarry, with lots of pebbly tannins driving underneath the layers of boysenberry, steeped fig and blackberry fruit. Ample baker's chocolate and dark tobacco fill in the remaining space. This will need a little cellaring to round into form, but remains a very solid, muscular version. Best from 2015 through 2022.
Ripe dense nose with lots of plum and prunes. Blackberries and chocolate. Full and juicy on the palate with chewy tannins and bright ripe acidity. Nice complexity and texture with a good length showing lots of new wood that still needs to integrate. Pretty fruit. Try in 2015.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark purple. Scented. Lots of fruit and intensity without extraneous sweetness. What’s not to like? Quite racy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A delicious blend of two grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (probably more of the former than the latter based on the way it tastes), this wine is a classic Bordeaux. Characteristics such as cedar wood, tobacco leaf, red and black currants and a touch of licorice can be found in its medium-bodied, easygoing, supple texture and surprisingly good depth. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.