2010 Chateau Laforge

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Solid, with linzer torte and cassis notes woven together and lined with a sappy melted licorice note. Plenty of sweet spice fills in on the finish, which is dense but caressing in feel overall. Best from 2014 through 2024. 2,000 cases made. –JM" (WS)

"Showing slightly better from bottle than barrel (and it performed admirably there), the 2010 Laforge emerges from three major soil types in St.-Emilion – gravel, sand and hard limestone. It is largely a Merlot-based wine, with only about 8% Cabernet Franc added in. A big, forceful, classic, full-bodied St.-Emilion with sensational depth, the 2010 displays plenty of black fruit, hints of incense, graphite, and forest floor, and perhaps even a suggestion of black truffle. It is deep, full-bodied, opulently textured, yet the tannic structure comes through in the finish. This is another sensational effort from proprietor Jonathan Malthus. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032." (WA)

"(100% merlot): Good bright red-ruby. Pure aromas of red and blue fruits, minerals and chalk dust. Juicy and imploded, with the wine's underlying minerality leavening its sweetness today. Finishes savory and long but youthfully tight for merlot." (VM)

"Wonderful nose with vibrant red fruit like raspberries, red cherries and fragrant red apple. Some eucalyptus and mint. Full-bodied and intensely fruity on the palate with layered structure and finely knit tannins. Try after 2016." (JS)

"Dominated by juicy Merlot, the wine has weight, density and a full, fruity blackberry character. This generosity is balanced by a restraining dry, tannic core." (WE)