The 2010 La Tour du Pin is showing incredibly well. A blend of 75% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc from just over 17 acres, this wine is a sleeper of the vintage. It offers up loads of blueberry, black raspberry and boysenberry fruit, stunning opulence, freshness and precision, despite its flesh and fat. Pure, fragrant and -open for business,- so to speak, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 10-15 years. Drink: 2013 - 2028
The world wine market hasn't caught up to the quality of this estate, which is now owned by the proprietors of Cheval Blanc and operated under the administration of the same staff that produces that outstanding Bordeaux.
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013
2010: This very perfumed style of wine is slightly cooler and fresher than the more opulent, glycerin-imbued 2009. Exhibiting terrific aromatics (black and red fruits, licorice, and graphite), medium to full-bodied flavors, super purity, and a long finish, it should drink nicely when young and evolve for 10-15 years, although I can't see it ever being very long-aged.
Tasted at Cheval Blanc, the La Tour du Pin ’10 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It has a perfumed, floral bouquet of crushed strawberry, raspberry and a little iodine. It would benefit from just a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a pointed entry, crisp acidity, a little disjointed at the moment although it comes together in the glass. I just find the finish needing some more flesh, especially on the second half. Tasted November 2012.
A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from vines located at the entrance of Cheval Blanc (including 5-hectares on gravel) this has a very pure nose, a little subdued at the first but opening with dark berries, a touch of mocha and espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with a dash of white pepper on the entry, gritty tannins, a little more tension than the Quinault lâ€™Enclos with a well-defined if very linear finish. Quite elegant. Drink 2012-2020. Tasted March 2011.
St Emilion Grand Cru ClassÃ© (14.5%, 40% new) [85M/15CF] Fine and fragrant to smell; a rich middleweight, fresh in acidity, concentrated in fruit, finely firm in tannin; the acidity supports the wine right throughout, long and graceful, very fragrant, great finesse the alcohol notwithstanding. A touch of warmth yes, but no bitterness; overall juicy and fresh, and with lovely length. Very harmonious. 2018-26 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2011]
A fresh, open style, offering delicious raspberry and blueberry fruit, with lots of alluring spice and licorice notes, followed by a flash of fruitcake on the finish. Lengthy, with good range already. â€”J.M.
This shows a wonderful nutty character with chocolate. It's round and soft with a beautiful texture. Wonderful character of jasmine and cocoa powder. Delicious now but wait for four or five years. This is the best wine from here ever. From same owners and team as Cheval Blanc. Mostly Merlot. Try in 2016.
-www.jamessuckling.com, 'Tasting Report: 2010's Greatness Across The Board in Bordeaux', 17 Feb 2013
Blackberries with peaches and hints of lemons. Full bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Attractive wine. Always delicate.
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