2010 de Gironville, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot. Very dark purple. Nervy nose. Suggests there is more to be revealed.
Lots of wood, but plenty of rich fruit underneath. Even slightly jammy, but soft and yummy.
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.
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.
Near Paloumey and Macau. Smoky, toasty aromas and bacon nuances on the palate. Quite sexy. Could be a good value.