2010 Chateau Turcaud Entre Deux Mers Blanc

2010 Chateau Turcaud Entre Deux Mers Blanc

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Customer Ratings

Based on 275 ratings
House White

Normally, I wouldn't give five stars to a wine like this but given the price...I had to add an extra star. This one is splendid and drinks like wines twice the price. It's our house white.

Very much OVER Delivered!!!

Just beautiful.....

The Som loved it -- So do I

Fresh and vibant -- might remind you of a sauvignon blanc. I bought a case and took a bottle to a local, very nice seafood restaurant (I'd called ahead). It was a quiet night and the som, stopping by the table, was curious what wine I'd brought along. He became especially interested when I said a white bordeaux. I invited him to bring a glass and join us. He agreed the wine was fabulous and was eager to add it to the restaurant's offerings. He asked me to leave the empty bottle to ensure he got it right. First time I've ever made a wine recommendation to a som. Now I've also purchased a case of the 2011. Word spreads.

Great Introduction to Bordeaux Blanc

Wow! This is very fresh and crisp - a great food wine or sipper. This is my first Bordeaux Blanc and it is a great way to start the exploration! Complex and refreshing.

A Definite Winner

I served this to an intimate group of rather discriminating wine connoisseurs. There was such a great balance of the minerality and the subtle earthiness. To think you could find such a complex white wine at this price is unthinkable! I wish I had ordered more than 1 case.

Wall flower

A quiet, pleasant little wine. Stays inside the lines. Good value for money.

Hints of the ocean

I'm thinking that some of the numerical values associated with this wine are excessive. Pale green, crisp sea air on the nose, some orchard notes; on the palate crisp and bracing if not overly complex; I'm not going to write a sonnet to its virtues, but I got what I paid for.

Other Vintages of Chateau Turcaud Entre Deux Mers Blanc

Bordeaux 2010

2010 Bordeaux — A Classic Vintage of Outstanding Quality

The 2010 vintage is sure to go down in history as one of the greats. Next to 2009, it will surely inspire debate for decades about which of the dynamic duo is best. They are certainly different in style, with the plush, dense, super ripeness of the 2009s contrasting with the classically structured, more acidic and focused 2010s. That said, which vintage is “better” is best looked at on the regional level, and in many cases, by individual Chateau.

What can be said safely is that both vintages produced superb, long aging, vins de garde, although the 2010s, with their firmly structured, “classic” tannins, may need a little more patience than the more opulently styled 2009s. Both vintages, aside from the record prices, are worthy of a place in any cellar.

The growing season in 2010 started slow after a cold winter. Bud-break was slightly later than in 2009, and uneven flowering and disease issues reduced the crop size right off the bat, setting the stage for a smaller, more concentrated vintage. April was warm, which allowed the vines to catch up some in the growing cycle, but cold weather returned in May (the coolest in a decade). Low temperatures persisted in early June, causing concern, but temperatures rose steadily and the second half of June and all of August were warm. Hot days and cool nights were the perfect recipe for wines with great concentration and balancing freshness. The lack of precipitation in 2010 — it was one of the driest years since 1949 — was another contributing factor, allowing for ripe, concentrated grapes, with thick skins, good phenolic ripeness, and fresh acidity.

Overall, the resulting wines are deep, firm, and structured, showing ample alcohols and extraction, with the acids and tannins to match. They will need time, but those with the patience to wait will be well rewarded with wines that some are calling “modern classics.”

It’s still early to declare a winner between 2010 and 2009, but to date, St. Estephe, Pauillac and St. Julien may get the nod in 2009, and Graves in 2010 by a nose. The Right Bank is a draw, with Saint Emilion perhaps a bit better in 2010 owing to its high acidity and freshness. Pomerol was a tad better in 2009.

Dry whites from 2010 are very good — more vibrant than the 2009s. Sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac are also very good to excellent, with more acidity and nerve than the explosively rich 2009s.

Overall, we’re looking at a strong buy for the reds, dry whites, and sweet wines. For those who can afford them, these are wines for the ages, and the best will need decades to reach their potentials.

Key Dates

March
Cold weather, season gets off to a slow start

April
Warm and dry, bud-break from beginning to mid-month, slightly later than 2009

May
Dry but cool, less sunshine than 2009, despite a warm spell in the middle of the month Flowering begins in late May, slightly later than 2009

June
Cool month, unsettled weather. Occasional storms and considerable rain affect pollination. Flowering is prolonged and uneven. Merlot suffer coulure and millerandange, and crop loss as a result. Mid-flowering is on June 9th, later than the average

July
Hot, dry, sunny days, cool nights. Some water stress begins to occur in the dry conditions

August
Mid-veraison occurs around the 6th for Merlot and the 11th for Cabernet. Both were three to four days later than 2005 and 2009, but earlier than 2004 or 2008. Cooler than in 2009 or 2005, but with average sunshine. This played a role in the focused, firmer structures that the 2010s would later display

August
Temperature dropped but weather stayed sunny, very cool evening temperatures, again setting the stage for the higher acidity and firm structures in the 2010s

September
Hot and dry early on. On the 6th and 7th, low pressure and just enough rain to allow ripening and freshen the vines. Beautiful weather returned mid-month, with sunny days and cool nights. Cool, dry, fall-like temperatures settled in at the end of the month, allowing more hang-time while maintaining acidity and freshness

September
Merlot harvest begins

October
Cabernet harvested mainly in the first half of the month

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