Pessac-Léognan 2010

Our pick of the 2010 vintage from Pessac-Léognan

Scores use a 100 point scale, where 100 is the maximum score, but Jancis Robinson uses a 20 point scale, where 20 is the maximum.

Haut Brion
Opaque and inky purple/black, the wine holds its colour well to the rim.
Restrained, subtle aromas contain concentrated notes of cassis, blackberries, dried fruits, mocha and cedar.
Very tightly structured with very firm but refined tannins that are surprisingly supple. The concentrated fruit is reminiscent of a Christmas pudding, with additional notes of mocha, cedar and other savoury elements. Fresh acidity helps to balance the wines high alcohol (14.6%), keeping it fresh and give a very long finish. Concentrated and opulent but maintaining a sense of elegance. (JV & DA)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
98-100
17
91-93+
92-93+
La Mission Haut Brion
An opaque, inky dark purple colour.
The nose is restrained and elegant, showing excellent purity of fruit: cassis cedar, hints of green pepper, wet earth, pencil sharpenings and cedar.
The palate is huge and cedary, lean and concentrated with firm drying tannins. Good acidity helps balance noticeable alcohol (15.1%), lifting the fruit to display a big earthy, sweet chocolate and black fruit core. The concentrated fruit contributes suppleness to the huge structure. The concentrated fruit persists very well on the long finish. Certainly one for the long term. (DA)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
98-100
18
92-94+
94-95
Smith Haut Lafitte rouge
A vibrant opaque, purple/red colour that is almost opaque. The restrained aromas contain notes of ripe dark fruits, cedary oak and a hint of mocha. The fruit character mirrors the aromatic profile. The wine displays medium to full bodied palate and a very firm tannic structure, balancing acidity but finishes with quite drying tannins. (DA/JV) 17 88-90 88-90
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
95-97
17
90-92
92-93+
Smith Haut Lafitte blanc
Lovely intense flinty aromas, with hints of fresh herbs, and vanilla oak.
On the palate,the wine is lean and complex, with firm mineral character, later evolving flavours of flowers and crisp citrus fruit plus creamy notes from new oak, a very dry finish with an excellent length of flavour.
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
92-95
17
88-89
90-92
Domaine de Chevalier rouge
A vibrant purple red colour, almost opaque. The restrained aromas include blackcurrants and fine cedary notes. The wine is a beautifully balanced combination of lively, elegant cassis and red fruits with a very fine tannic structure. As the acidity is fresh and the alcohol in balance the bright fruit on the finish lasts well. A wine of balance rather than power. (DA/JV)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
91-93+
17.5+
90-92
92-93
Domaine de Chevalier blanc
Lovely intense flinty aromas, with hints of fresh herbs, and vanilla oak.
On the palate,the wine is lean and complex, with firm mineral character, later evolving flavours of flowers and crisp citrus fruit plus creamy notes from new oak, a very dry finish with an excellent length of flavour.   (DA)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
 
 
90-91
93-95
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About Coe Vintners Fine Wine

Coe Vintners Fine Wine is part of the Coe Group, one of the leading wine and spirit suppliers in the UK. An independent family business established in 1930, Coe Vintners will celebrate 85 years continuous trading in 2015.
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