2010 Arnauton, Fronsac

SKU #1135439 91 points James Suckling

 A solid structure of blueberry, plum and spices. Full and chewy. Structured and dense. Needs another four or five years of bottle age.  (3/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lively, with a taut plum skin frame that eventually melds nicely into the core of raspberry, warm cherry compote and red currant fruit. Charcoal and chalk lend definition and length to the finish, which is well-packed, but racy overall. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only- 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Arnauton, a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc that came in it at 14.75% natural alcohol, displays a deep ruby color and loads of sweet cherry and strawberry notes intermixed with some dusty, loamy soil scents, roasted herbs and underbrush. This solid, ripe wine seems as good as the special cuvee, which is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec and also has 14.5% natural alcohol. Best drunk in the first 5-7 years of life.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

One of the vintage's great "value" wines! This was a hugely successful offering last year. This year the wine is even better than last. This is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from a 25-hectare vineyard situated on south-facing hillsides to the east of the Fronsac appellation where the soils are a mix of clay and limestone and ideally suited to fine, classic Bordeaux.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2013  | Send Email
*+V Another super value property--we sold tons of the 2009. This wine has tons of forward fruit and superb balance.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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