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 :
$39.95

"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)

A TRULY REMARKABLE SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU WITH GREAT AGING POTENTIAL AND ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $39.95 2010 CHATEAU LAFORGE, SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU

This is a remarkable full-bodied Saint Emilion with a richness and firm structure with decades of aging potential, though I must admit I certainly enjoyed it a few nights ago -- be if still definitely young.

Even its history is fascinating for this estate was accumulated over time by the local blacksmith with vines acquired in lieu of unpaid bills; Eventually these acquired holdings were combined and vinified by the well known cult wine maker Jonathan Maltrus using only Grand Cru. Saint-Emilion locations. The resulting wine is a masterful expression of predominately unfiltered old-vine Merlot that resulted in a mouth-filling lavish wine with great aging potential.

I don’t think you can find a better description of this wine then when one quotes Robert Parker directly when he wrote in 2013 and rated the wine a 94/96 and noted that this 2010 Laforge, is -“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.”

If you have or are planning a wine cellar for the long hall this modest $39.95. St. Emilion should be given major consideration.

PRICE: $39.95 **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)