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2010 Left Bank Collector's Gems at Below Market Average - 08/13/2023 - Red Bordeaux

2010 Left-Bank Collectibles with First Growth-Caliber Class
2010 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
(Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $150)

"...a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage." — Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
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2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
(Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $180)

"A wine that could easily be mistaken for a First Growth ... it's the greatest wine made at this estate in the past two decades." — Jeb Dunnuck

At 13 years old, the best 2010 Bordeaux are just starting to show their true colors. Rauzan-Ségla and Duhart-Milon have impressed critics and connoisseurs alike since their original debuts, with each one garnering references to their First Growth-caliber character and class. Benchmark renditions of their respective terroirs and of this monumental vintage, they are savvy cellar buys that will continue to bestow rewards on the patient collector for decades to come.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2010 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $150) 96 $119.99 View
2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $190) 98 $164.99 View

*Pre-arrival items are expected to be available for shipment or pickup in early 2024.

Duhart Cellars

2010 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $150)

2010 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $150) - 0 available ($119.99)

96 points Wine Advocate: "Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years. This blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot is fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage. (It is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s.) (RP)" (02/2013)

95 points Decanter: "Gravel over limestone, similar to Château Lafite Rothschild and under the same ownership. Cooler northern exposure of the terroir requires more time to ripen, but that was no problem in 2010. This has ripe fruit with graphite and wet stone. It may not be as dense as Clerc Milon, but the expression of finesse and refinement is unmistakable. Long, subtle finish. Pleasing, high-toned fruit perfectly matches grilled lamb chops with roast potatoes. (PK)" (05/2021)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Like a lot of 2010s, the 2010 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is tight and backward, yet has serious potential. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color and classic notes of currants, lead pencil shavings, cedarwood and saddle leather, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, firm focused texture and beautiful concentration. Its tannins are present, yet ripe and integrated, and it has the purity and freshness thats the hallmark of this great, great vintage." (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Duhart-Milon has an intense but tightly coiled nose of black fruit laced with cedar and mint. I would have liked to see a little more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and very well judged acidity. There is an appealing sense of symmetry here with fine precision and tension on the finish. Excellent. (NM)" (04/2020)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark fruited and a slight cedary note. Much lighter than I expected on the palate, sinewy and fresh. Elegant and nicely structured with a long finish. 17/20 points (JH)" (02/2020)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2012

Malty aromas and lots of mid-palate sweetness.

Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2012

Deep, earthen, silky, fresh, long and round.

2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $190)

2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $190) - 0 available ($164.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that could easily be mistaken for a First Growth, the 2010 Rauzan-Ségla is an incredibly powerful, full-bodied wine by this estates standards, yet it nevertheless holds onto a terrific sense of elegance as well as perfect balance. A huge nose of blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco, lead pencil, and spice give way to a concentrated, blockbuster styled Margaux that has thrilling depth of fruit, masses of ripe tannins, and great length and finesse on the finish. This brilliant wine is just now seemingly on the edge of its drink window and offers immense pleasure, yet it has another 30-40 years of life ahead of it." (05/2019)

98 points James Suckling: "Beautiful clarity of fruit with raspberries and currants on the nose. Roses and other flowers too. It's almost hard to describe, but there's a real purity. Full body, with fabulous balance and depth. It has everything in the right place. Best ever?" (11/2013)

96 points Decanter: "Extremely good quality, a wonderfully accomplished, impressive Margaux where you feel so happy to be tasting it. It delivers accomplished impressive classified Bordeaux character. Black fruits, liquorice, smoke and pulsating tannins. (JA)" (01/2020)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the top Margaux wines, this is in top form, finely balanced and as elegant as it is powerful. It is darkly structured, dense yet balancing tannins with ripe black plums. It expresses the complexity of the vintage. A wine for serious, long-term aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (02/2013)

95 points Vinous: "The 2010 Rauzan-Ségla is simply one of the finest releases in recent years. It has a heavenly bouquet with wild strawberry, subtle floral notes and great precision. The palate is nothing powerful, less flamboyant than the 2010 Palmer, yet endowed with incredible precision and length. All you could really want from a Margaux. (NM)" (04/2020)

95 points Wine Advocate: "To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estates production. It is certainly not for those who cant wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more. A stunning wine from Rauzan Segla, kudos go to administrator John Kolasa for turning out this profound wine, which should prove to be a timeless classic from the appellation of Margaux. (RP) 95+" (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Sweetly fragrant with small black-berried fruits still showing on the nose, just slightly smoky and savoury too. The tannins are chewy but the fruit is rich and still lively even though it is entering its tertiary phase. Juicy and lithe. Dark, sober, so elegant. 18/20 points (JH)" (02/2020)

K&L Notes: 96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Rauzan-Ségla is youthfully reticent and closed to begin, slowly unfurling to offer notions of underbrush, black truffles, smoked meats and tar over a core of baked black cherries, prunes and crème de cassis plus touches of iron ore and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, concentrated and jam-packed with savory/earthy fruit, it has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing with great length and expression." (04/2020)

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 04, 2013

** Great nose. Red berry fruit. Silky texture. Good every year. Seamless.

Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 16, 2011

This has a great perfume and middle fruit. Elegant and pure. Lovely tannins. A top pick.