Saint-Émilion 2010

Our pick of the 2010 vintage from Saint-Émilion

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.

Ausone
Bright, youthful, very deep, almost opaque ruby. The nose is intense, sophisticated and inviting, aromas of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and gentle cedary notes. On the palate it shows excellent concentration. It is opulent but in perfect balance with sweet ripe fruit on the mid palate and a long and harmonious finish. Superb. (JV)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
98-100
18.5+
98+
98+
Cheval Blanc
Deep dark, dense black/red colour.
The nose is quite closed, revealing a few savoury notes.
The palate is very savoury with plenty of well integrated cedar. The wine has lots of grip, but lively acidity keeps it fresh. The palate has lots of ripe bitter liquorice character and an underlying red fruit the finish is very long.
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
96-98+
18.5+
96-98+
95-96+
Bellevue
This is an opaque, dark purple red colour.
There are fabulous aromas of pure red fruits and vivid cedary oak.
The fruit on the palate is a dense combination of bright red fruits and bitter liquorice. The plentiful tannins have some bite, but finish supple and elegant. Fresh acidity helps to lift the bright fruit, the alcohol is balanced and the finish. A classy wine. 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc (DA)
This wine is made by the same team that produces the neighbouring Château Angelus.
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
92-94 16 86-87 89-92
Canon La Gaffelière
Deep dark, virtually opaque, ruby red colour.
On the nose contains very attractive ripe black fruits, overlaid by aromas of chocolate, cocoa butter and coffee grounds.
The open fruit flavours have a lovely pure, ripe, dark berry nature that is lifted nicely by fresh acidity. This is a very precise wine, whose warm alcohol is well in balance with its ripe fruit. There is a lovely velvety texture to the very fine tannins which then contribute surprisingly good grip to the mid palate and the long finish. The flavours last well gaining concentrated liquorice notes at the end.  (DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Decanter David Allen MW
92-94 17 18 92-93
Petit Cheval
An opaque, dark black/red coloured wine.
The wine’s extremely closed aromas simply hint at the savoury.
The palate displays the savoury nature of the nose giving restrained bitter liquorice fruit and lots of very tight, fine cedary tannins. The alcohol is well balanced and the good acidity gives a long savoury finish. A closed wine promising much for the future. (DA)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
91-93
17
90-91
90-92++
Rol Valentin
An opaque, darkly pigmented ruby red colour.
The wine’s aromas are of ripe black fruits with notes of mocha and cocoa butter.
A cleanly made, powerful, modern style wine. Rounded, ripe black fruits are framed by a fine tannic structure. The wine has excellent acidity which leaves the fruit on the finish fresh and juicy. The wine’s alcohol is perhaps a touch on the high side. (DA)
Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson MW
Junior Vianna MW
David Allen MW
88
17
93-94
90-92
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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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