Saint-Julien 2010

Our pick of the 2010 vintage from Saint-Julien

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

Léoville Las Cases
A deep dark purple/black wine with a youthful, purple rim.
Concentrated yet restrained aromas of red fruits, cassis, and earthy minerality.
Wow – this wine has a fabulously fine yet dense structure with layers of vanilla, mocha, chocolate and dense cassis, blackcurrants and boysenberries. The wine develops in the mouth spectacularly, showing layer after layer of delicious dark fruit and oak flavours. The wine has great acidity that lifts the fruit beautifully. Alcohol is balanced and the enduring finish continues revealing further layers of complexity. A monumental wine in a classic Las Cases style. (DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
95-98 17.5 92-94++ 96-97++
A deep dark, opaque, ruby red colour with purple tints at the rim.
The nose is very restrained with hints of dark fruits and cedar.
The palate is initially quite dry and savoury with firm, fine cedary tannins, but the fresh acidity and balanced to warm alcohol helps reveal ripe, sweet, juicy dark fruits that persist well on a long, sophisticated finish. (DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
91-93+ 17.5 92-93+ 92-94+

Deep dark almost opaque ruby-red colour with a purple rim
The aromas are fresh, perfumed but very restrained with cassis, chocolate, dark cherries and blackcurrant leaf.
Palate is initially quite savoury, then shows lovely sweet juicy fruit, firm, fine grain tannins, alcohol is warm, the acidity is fresh and the finish is long. This is a lovely  modern style, polished wine.   (DA)

Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
90-92 17.5 90-91+ 91-92


Gruaud Larose
A deep, dark, opaque, purple red wine with a purple rim.
The intense brooding aromas, show cedar, opulent, black fruits, sweet spices and then mocha and meaty notes.
Initially there is ripe, dense, juicy fruit. The tannic structure is good and cedary with savoury notes, closing up the mid palate. There is noticeable alcohol. Good acidity lifts the fruit to display juicy cassis and red fruit compote flavours that last very well. (JV & DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
92-94 16 91-93+ 92-94+
Deep, dark, ruby red in colour, not quite opaque.
The aromas are open, ripe and inviting with lovely fresh cassis and cherry fruits. The palate combines grainy, coffee ground-like tannins, with refined, sweet, juicy, ripe cassis fruit trimmed with mocha notes. The mid palate is full with plentiful supple tannins supported by warm alcoholic notes. Fresh acidity enables a vibrant, enduring fruit to emerge through the wine’s structure to give a long elegant finish. (DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
91-93 17 90-92 92-93
A deep, dark, opaque, ruby red colour.
The open aromas are of pure, ripe cassis and attractive, inviting, spicy, cedary, oak.
The palate has good concentration, silky smooth fruit and good grip. There is a slightly leafy green note to the tannins that contributes to their bite. The alcohol is a little hot (14.3%) but the good acidity lift the fruit emphasising the fresh cassis flavour on the finish and giving it good length. (JV & DA)
Robert Parker Jancis Robinson MW Junior Vianna MW David Allen MW
90-92 17 89-91+ 89-92+

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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