2010 Chateau Desclau

Year: 2010
Appellation: Bordeaux Superieur
Country: France
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$9.95

SCREAMING DEAL...AMAZING VALUE!!

YES, THERE IS AT LEAST ONE DECENT RED BORDEAUX FOR ONLY $9.95 2010 CHATEAU DESCLAU BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR

Yes, I was astonished, as you might have been, to find a red Bordeaux that was not only drinkable but actually quite pleasant and with even reasonable depth selling for under $10.00. A wine with a firm medium body and an attractive ruby red color with aromas and tastes of ripe cherries and currants along with hints of fresh herbs and tobacco and even enough tannin to add some depth to the wine.

This particular Chateau Desclu is officially designated a Bordeaux Superieur, which is one step ahead of one just classified as Bordeaux. And it comes from a fascinating blend 43% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and what really comes as a great surprise the seldom now planted (in Bordeaux) Malbec which makes up 7% of the cepage. As for the quality factors that truly appeals to me about this wine is its high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and the fact that it is from the fabulous 2010 vintage.

This is a wine now quite enjoyable and it should easily keep well for another five or more years.

RATING: 89 (Compared to other Bordeaux selling for under $10, it deserves a 95/96).

PRICE: $9.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
Location:
Cháteau Desclau is in Tresses, 10 kilometers east of Bordeaux on the road to Libourne and St. Emilion. This is the top of Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers where the alluvial soils are rich and privileged.

Story:
Desclau is based on a farm formerly owned by Cháteau Senailhac, an extremely well regarded left-bank estate. It’s the only Bordeaux Superieur estate we know that employs all have major red Bordeaux varieties.

Blend:
The 2010 composition, from a classic vintage, is one of the estate’s best ever. this silky, oak-aged blend of 43% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot is perfect for current drinking after six years of bottle age.

Processing:
The five grapes are fermented by plot in stainless steel tanks before blending by lot. The estate’s main emphasis is tannin management by careful extraction.

Aging:
Up to 2 years in a mix of various sizes of oak and temperature controlled tanks.

Tasting Notes:
The wine is velvety and mouth filling on the palate with lots of fruit and excellent structure.


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