2010 de Gironville, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066884 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Gironville is in the southern Haut-Médoc, close to Margaux, and is capable of producing the same style of wine—open and not overly tannic. At the same time, the black currant fruit is present, concentrated and already juicy. This shows fine potential, so keep it for the next 4–5 years.  (2/ 2013)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Features unbridled fruit, with blueberry coulis, loganberry and blackberry notes mixed together and stitched with toasted anise and fruitcake accents. A touch toasty on the finish, but the exotic profile will win some fans. Drink now through 2015.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot. Very dark purple. Nervy nose. Suggests there is more to be revealed.  (10/ 2012)

James Suckling

 Lots of wood, but plenty of rich fruit underneath. Even slightly jammy, but soft and yummy.  (4/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another reasonably priced, overachieving cru bourgeois from the Medoc, this blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot is rather classic, with crisp acids, blue and red fruits (especially blueberry and raspberry), medium body, impressive purity, elegance, and a floral, fragrant personality. This wine should drink nicely for 5-6 years.  (2/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot; 3.47 pH; 81 IPT; 13.5% alcohol) Deep red with ruby highlights. More mineral-driven and less dominated by oak than many 2010 Medocs, showing perfumed aromas of black fruits, spices, violet and graphite. Then sweet, supple and soft in the mouth, but with good energy and lift to its black fruit and tobacco flavors. The rising finish is broad, concentrated and long, with nicely polished tannins.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Near Paloumey and Macau. Smoky, toasty aromas and bacon nuances on the palate. Quite sexy. Could be a good value.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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