2010 Poitevin, Médoc

SKU #1138209 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This has ripe and polished fruit, with hints of mint and new wood. A ripe blackberry flavor pushes through the firm tannins, and it should become more rich over the next 5–6 years. The vineyard is situated in the northern part of the Médoc appellation.  (3/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Best Value* Alluring, with a polished structure that lets the smoldering bay leaf, anise, steeped plum and warm paving stone notes play out. Shows latent grip and solid depth. Best from 2014 through 2022.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 More forward on the nose, reminiscent of game and cured meat. Very good structure...  (10/ 2012)

James Suckling

 Straight and fruity, with fine tannins and a fresh acidity.  (4/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 from Poitevin is a straightforward, easygoing wine that displays good fruit, some herbaceousness, and hints of tobacco smoke and roasted herbs.  (2/ 2013)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2013  | Send Email
We tasted the 2009 and 2010 Poitevin side-by-side, and while I thought the 2009 was nice, I really liked the 2010 for the price. Fresh-roasted coffee and cocoa notes on the nose open up to rich black fruit, great acidity and grippy tannins. It's pretty tight right now, so needs some decanting, but I think it's going to be awesome in 3-5 years.

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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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France

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