2010 Chateau Roque Le Mayne Cotes de Castillon
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Chateau Roque le Mayne and 4.33 out of 5 stars!
Member Reviews:

I have been buying every good right bank 2010 I can get my hands on since I first read the Parker report. Roque Le Mayne is rich, structured to age and the best of the lot under 25 dollars.
-- Charles from Philadelphia, PA

Next case please
After buying (and drinking) a case of the 2005 a few years ago, I bought a bottle of the 2010 to see if the quality has remained constant. It has, and I'm going to grab another case or two as my 'House Bordeaux'. Excellent quality and price.
-- Mario from Huntington, NY

Unfamiliar label, bought because of vintage and looking for affordable Bordeaux. For a Cotes de Castillon, five stars.
-- Jay from New York, NY

The writeup got us to buy, but if anything, it was understated. Laying the last four bottles down.
-- Gwen from Sandpoint, ID

Shot Berries, 100pt Windfalls and Right Bank Bargains

It's been twenty-two years since Bordeaux saw back-to-back vintages that offered both the massive, forward fruit concentration and fine structure of 2009 and 2010. Of course, the world was a different place back then. We still have the receipt for the two cases of '89 Lafite we bought on futures, before flipping one of them eighteen months later -- doubling our money, thus getting the other for free.

You won't be surprised to learn that our salaries haven't kept pace with inflation on the Gironde. When Robert Parker weighed in on the 2009s, handing out a whopping eighteen 100-point scores, most of the guys willing to pay the 4-digit First Growth freight spoke Mandarin!

Just a year after RP's 100pt windfall, the 2010s were being prepared to hit the market. In one of the more surprising reports in Wine Advocate history, RP came out blasting, alerting readers to what many now believe be an even more voluptuous second act -- again sending prices into orbit.

So far, Parker has awarded a dozen 2010 Bordeaux hyphenated 100pt scores, citing a logical marriage of 2009 New World voluptuousness and iron fist 2005 structure. Chateaux put out magnificently rich, age-worthy blends on both sides of the river, but particularly in Pomerol, St. Emilion and their Right Bank satellites, many are now calling 2010 the finest vintage since 1961. Here's why.

In Bordeaux, it's often said that June defines the size of the crop. August defines structure. But it's the last weeks of the growing season -- late September and early October -- in which the quality of a vintage is determined. Never have these adages played out more accurately than for the finest estates of the Cotes de Castillon in 2010.

At Chateau Roque Le Mayne -- one of the new stars of the appellation -- flowering was problematic; shrinking yields by more than twenty-five percent before things even got started. But, as is often the case, that spring "misfortune" paid big dividends at harvest. The problematic set made for clusters filled with berries of uneven size, raising vigneron blood pressure from Chateau Petrus to Cheval Blanc.

In the last days of September, the season turned on a dime. The skies were suddenly turquoise. Temperatures were mild, but the bright Indian summer sun was hot. Skins and seeds ripened incrementally as sugars spiked. The cool October evenings helped keep acids in perfect check. Even the sweetest 'shot berries' reached magical physiological ripeness. Roque Le Mayne would turn out their greatest bottle in decades.

Truth is, we had no intention of running Redux today. Many who purchased the 2010 Roque Le Mayne in the early summer are only now receiving their wine. But with a far more problematic 2011 vintage, the top 2010s -- particularly the greatest Right Bank bargains -- are going like hotcakes. When we called Roque Le Mayne in early September to confirm our follow-up allocation, le proprietaire was polite -- but firm. It was now or never. We picked now.

Opaque purple in color -- unusually so for an appellation where refinement usually trumps power -- the nose is explosive, filled with ripe cassis, sweet herbs, and dark plum. Surprisingly powerful on the attack, showing off superb briary, chewy crème-de-cassis concentration, all buttressed by marvelous 2010 Right Bank backbone.

Tasting Notes

2010 Chateau Roque Le Mayne Cotes de Castillon
"Opaque purple in color -- unusually so for an appellation where refinement usually trumps power -- the nose is explosive, filled with ripe cassis, sweet herbs, and dark plum. The attack is surprisingly massive, showing off superb briary, chewy crème-de-cassis concentration, all buttressed by marvelous, Right Bank backbone. Delicious out of the gate, all that purple/black fruit opulence stealing center stage. But don't be afraid to lay this one down for a quiet slumber. Drink now-2017."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

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