2010 Chateau Le Bon Pasteur (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89-92
Wine Advocate: 92-95
Vinous Media: 89-92
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 95-96
Red Wine


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"Quite ripe, with slightly heady blueberry, fig paste and macerated currant fruit liberally laced with black tea, anise and toast. This has length, but verges on top-heavy." (WS)

"Michel and Dany Rolland’s flagship estate, Bon Pasteur, turned out an atypically powerful wine in 2010. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color, great fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish, super freshness for its size, full-bodied power and lots of mulberry, caramel, mocha, earth and graphite characteristics. Give this beauty 5-7 years of cellaring (unusual for a Bon Pasteur) and drink it over the following 25 years. " (WA)

"(80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc; 14% alcohol) Deep ruby-red. Floral aromas of black fruits, violet and smoky oak, with complicating notes of sweet spices and underbrush. Juicy and sweet on the palate, with flavors similar to the aromas. In a distinctly lighter style than usual, but with insidious soil-driven perfume extending straight through to the moderately long finish. Wonderfully smooth, silky tannins have a peppery kick. The Pomerol subzone of Maillet, where Le Bon Pasteur is situated, has never benefited from the consideration that other Pomerol subzones enjoy, but Bon Pasteur, owned by Michel and Dany Rolland, has been an overperformer for many years." (IWC)

"Bon Pasteur This is the home estate of Michel Rolland. The Bordeaux wine opens with black cherry, coffee, black raspberry and 5 spice aromas which lead the way to a round, soft, sweet, licorice, mocha and black cherry filled Pomerol wine." (JL)

"I love the crescendo to this wine. It starts up slowly and then builds and builds, with amazingly beautiful tannins and complex fruit and wood. Layered on the palate. Best ever from here?$$" (JS)