2010 Clarendelle Rouge, Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Cranberries, graphite and strawberries. Sweet and charming on the palate with medium-full body and pure red fruit. Fine silky tannins and vibrant acidity with good length. Yummy Bordeaux for drinking or holding.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine, which is a blend of the three basic varietals planted in Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – is a major sleeper of the vintage and far exceeded my expectations, and that, of course, is all good news. Lots of red and black currant fruit, licorice, spice and soft tannins have resulted in a silky, opulently styled wine that far exceeds its humble origins and appellation. Drink it over the its first decade of life, although the position of Prince Robert is to release this wine only when it is showing some maturity, as their target market is largely consumers desiring immediate gratification and restaurants seeking similar qualities. (RP)
Ripe, with a taut focus to the mix of red currant, blackberry and toasted spice notes, backed by hints of herb and tobacco on the finish. Juicy acidity is well-embedded and should allow for short-term cellaring.