The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
The Vieilles Vignes cuvee is produced from 33 hectares of low yielding vines with an average age of 70 years. This wine carries a great deal of aromatic complexity; lots of dark fruit, warm spices and some tobacco. The acidity and tannic structure suggest that a few more years of rest would perfect this feast for the senses.
This is the third vintage of Enclos Tourmaline, the tiny parcel of vines in Pomerol which is demonstrating itself to produce some of the finest Merlot wines in the world! This Merlot is soft, fruity with a generous bouquet of black fruit and subtle spice, and in perfect balance.
The 2010 has been compared to the delicious 1988, in that it has a similar kind of liveliness and character which comes through on the palate. The concentration of flavour is a little lighter than the 09s, but its the freshness here that stands out. Another fine vintage from dYquem, drink from 2018-2035.