2010 Magdelaine, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Jam-packed, with mouthfilling notes of blackberry preserves, crushed blueberry, plum skin and anise, showing loads of singed wood spice and briar for a lively texture. Stays supergrippy through the finish and needs a little time to round into form, but the range is serious and the length very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030.
Attractive nose with fresh leather, plums and orange peel at first. Opens up with raspberries and vanilla. Wonderful sumptuous fruit on the palate with a full body and good length. Smooth tannins and good complexity. Already very enjoyable. Last vintage.
As so often with Magdelaine, the wine shows severity and dark tannins. In 2010, that has produced a complex and dense wine that has firm tannins, dark black fruits and a feeling of austerity. It will always be a firm wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Attractive and elegant, as it always is, with hints of sweet strawberries, crushed chalk, raspberries and cherries, the wine is medium-bodied, relatively rich for a Magdelaine, with an attractive, heady mouthfeel and more suppleness, glycerin and power than this wine -- usually a finesse-styled St.-Emilion -- normally possesses. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. In the new St.-Emilion classification, this wine has been fully absorbed by the Moueix family’s other nearby historic estate, Belair-Monange, so this 2010 is something of a collector’s item.