2010 Brillette, Moulis (Previously $22)

SKU #1306354 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another superb over-achiever from the appellation of Moulis in the Medoc, this wine, a blend of 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, shows lots of licorice, barbecue smoke, charcuterie, plum and black currants. It hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied opulence. The tannins are sweet and the acidity adequate to provide definition and vibrancy. This is a beauty. An outstanding effort from proprietors, the Flageul family. (RP)  (2/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Pure, lush and caressing, with lovely mouthfeel to the layers of dark plum, steeped fig and blackberry coulis fruit, which glide along while hints of singed sandalwood, black tea and black licorice fill in through the finish. Drink now through 2023. (JM)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark and luscious. Firm and fine. Polished. (JR)  (1/2014)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
A rich, elegant, high-toned wine from the classic 2010 vintage, the Brillette is a serious overachiever in its category, imbued with a judicious, savory blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers a lovely bouquet of seductive ripeness and textural, mouthwatering layers of dark cherry, black plum, blackcurrants and mineral earth, with fine tannins and a fairly opulent finish. Drink or hold for six more years.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
This is dark and generous with black cherry fruit, vanilla and toast layered through the firm middle. The sleek, sweet finish has hints of clay, touches of mineral and plenty of tannin. Shows the power of the vintage so decant.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
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Sweet and lovely for a 2010, but the tannin creaps up on the back palate. Tons of spicy fruit, but decant an hour before serving
Drink from 2018 to 2028

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
2010 was such a big vintage, its nice to see a wine with such beauty and restraint. The wine shows a lot of spice and that touch of green bell pepper that lets you know the cabernet was picked at the perfect ripeness.

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.