2010 Arnauton, Fronsac
A solid structure of blueberry, plum and spices. Full and chewy. Structured and dense. Needs another four or five years of bottle age.
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. (RP)
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.