It’s a busy Monday morning in Bordeaux with the first of the five First Growths, Chateau Margaux, to release its 2010 Bordeaux futures prices.
Liv-Ex ranks Chateau Margaux as the 3rd best wine of the vintage based on a compilation of critical opinion – Robert Parker (96-98), Jancis Robinson (19), Decanter (20), James Suckling (100) and Wine Spectator (96-99) – and just behind Chateaux Latour and Petrus.[quote]The 2010 Margaux has the highest proportion ever of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) combined with 7% Merlot and 1.5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It could easily be argued that the 2010 is the equal of the sublime 2009, yet it has a very different profile. The nose, while restrained, is extraordinarily impressive, offering extraordinary authority and depth. The palate reveals the black fruit expression associated with Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest caliber and perfect maturity. It is very firmly defined by ripe, fresh acidity and fine ripe tannins, finishing with subtle lingering cassis-black plum fruit. This noble, pure wine will no doubt have a very long life ahead. – Roger Bohmrich, Master of Wine[/quote]
Millesima USA is currently offering the 2010 Chateau Margaux futures wines for considerably cheaper than the 2009 vintage. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing this First Growth, act now before prices increase (most likely this week… possibly as early as this afternoon.)
2010 Pavillon Rouge
If you like Chateau Margaux but want a more affordable alternative, look to Pavillon Rouge, Margaux’s second wine. While it didn’t command the sky-high scores the first wine got, it did pretty well – Robert Parker (90-92), Jancis Robinson (17.5), Decanter (18), James Suckling (94-95) and Wine Spectator (92-95)[quote]Pavilllon Rouge represents a selection of 38% of the year’s output and is composed of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot aging in 55% new oak. The nose is muted, then reveals pure, ripe black fruits with considerable depth and hidden strength. In the mouth, the wine reveals concentration backed by fresh, defining acidity and firm tannin, though not at all hard. This wine has real presence and substance, and is certainly one of the most authoritative, promising vintages of Pavillon Rouge. – Roger Bohmrich, Master of Wine[/quote]
Like the first wine, you can now buy 2010 Pavillon Rouge futures wines through Millesima USA.