Unfamiliar label, bought because of vintage and looking for affordable Bordeaux. For a Cotes de Castillon, five stars.
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.
I opened this last night and it was very closed (and tannic). The second night (at 75 F all day) the nose is fabulous. The wine is still very tannic, but it makes me anxious to see how this will be in 2020.
This is a wine which is good the first day, but shines on the second; and the few times we've been able to hold some for the third day it is even better. Quite a bargain.
Open it a hour in advance - and it is ready to drink now (JAN 2013). Lovely bordeaux blend.
This Right Bank Bordeaux has good layers of fruit with a soft finish. As good as a $50+ bordeaux
Something changed in the approximately 5 months since I wrote the ambivalent tasting note below. I don't know if the wine evolved significantly in this time, or if my tastes have (I doubt that since I still like the wines I liked before) or if I was having a bad day - more likely - but in any case the wine now shows lots of black and blue fruit and some earthiness, and it is BIG. Nice smooth finish and nicely bracketed with decent acidity. I'm thinking grilled flank steak, or maybe tri-tip.
Very berry to the nose and rich and dark in the glass. A deep chewy fruit that rolls pleasantly into a light smooth tannins. Complex in the fruit, it should improve some yet and the tannins linger.
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.
When I moved to the US 13 years ago, I was an established Bordeaux fanatic. Meanwhile I discovered the hedonistic Californians. This led me to put the B's in a more comparative framework. Meaning that my loyalty gradually declined and is only remaining for the Sauternes. Still, I bought this wine and am currently wavering between a 3 and a 4 score. I definitely like it but it is not a Californian. Hopefully it will age well. Patrick Bols
The writeup got us to buy, but if anything, it was understated. Laying the last four bottles down.
While this wine got better after being opened for over 6 hours, it never really delivered on it's promise. The middle range was just average and the finish was undistinguished. I would not recommend this wine to any friends. Sorry, just not that good.
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