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2010 Margaux, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067121 100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This was phenomenal from barrel and remains so. The aromas are spellbinding. It smells like a bouquet of pink roses and then goes to currants, berries and citrus. Full body, with wonderfully refined tannins. It starts discretely and then grows to different levels and dimensions like a slow but big high tide. The texture is so beautiful. Try it in 2020 or beyond. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

99 points Decanter

Outer quote mark As we head out of Pauillac, you feel the register change. It takes a heartbeat to adjust, but then you start to see the beauty of a different style of 2010, a little more elegant, a little more sculpted, with concentration that sits deep in the body of the wine but builds more slowly through the palate. This shows the beauty of the appellation of Margaux in the way that you always want and hope the First Growths will - a signpost towards the rest, showing why they should be celebrated. Here are violet aromatics, soft black truffle flavours and silky, elongated tannins. Extremely good quality; fairly savoury berry fruits. As with all of these, there's a long long life ahead of it, and best to be put away for another five years at least. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30-40 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A great wine that is just starting out. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives the structured, black currant character. Dark chocolate and layers of wood are forward, revealing how young the wine is. And then the fruit, so rich and powerful, brings deliciousness to the firm, dense structure. Age for many years. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Liquid velvet, with stunning length and a caressing mouthfeel, as layers of creamed plum, blackberry coulis and steeped black currant fruit glides along, seamlessly intertwined with black tea, mulled blood orange, incense and lilac. Hints of mesquite and alder hang subtly in the background, and the structure, evident and massive, has melded wonderfully. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2013)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Château Margaux performed far better at this horizontal than at Farr's blind tasting a few days later. It has a beguiling bouquet, highly perfumed with crushed violets infusing the blackberry and crushed strawberry scented, hints of pencil box and cedar emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. There is a wonderful sense of symmetry here with a silky elegant finish that is amazingly persistent. It is one of the best wines that Paul Pontallier ever made. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

98+ points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Château Margaux features notions of minted blackcurrants, new leather and Black Forest cake with nuances of sautéed herbs, tar, underbrush and wild fungi plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy." (3/2020)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
*** Noted négociant Pierre Lawton says, "Perhaps the best young Bordeaux I have ever tasted."

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
I was impressed by the purity of fruit and focus.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
100% new oak. Spicy, with a slight ginger note, minerals and rich cassis. The density of the fruit balances the high tannins.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
Fruit! That’s the first thing that comes to mind upon smelling and tasting this wine. It’s packed and oh-so-pretty, with tons of black cherry and notes of minced meat. So fresh. Only 13.5% ABV.

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