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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Spectator, 91 James Suckling, 90 Wine Enthusiast
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Item no. 118848
The six-hectare vineyard of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru uniquely draws together the three terroirs of the Saint Emilion Appellation. Around ninety percent of the vineyard is composed of old-vine Merlot with the rest being Cabernet Franc. The result is Chateau Laforge – a substantial wine with a rich purple color, elegant, and memorable.
Blend: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Showing slightly better from bottle than barrel (and it performed admirably there), the 2010 Laforge emerges from three major soil types in St.-Emilion – gravel, sand and hard limestone. It is largely a Merlot-based wine, with only about 8% Cabernet Franc added in. A big, forceful, classic, full-bodied St.-Emilion with sensational depth, the 2010 displays plenty of black fruit, hints of incense, graphite, and forest floor, and perhaps even a suggestion of black truffle. It is deep, full-bodied, opulently textured, yet the tannic structure comes through in the finish. This is another sensational effort from proprietor Jonathan Malthus. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032.
Solid, with linzer torte and cassis notes woven together and lined with a sappy melted licorice note. Plenty of sweet spice fills in on the finish, which is dense but caressing in feel overall. Best from 2014 through 2024.
Fruity and straightforward. Full and velvety. Beautiful layers of tannins and fruit.
Smoky ripe fruit, big and bold fruit with some firm tannins. The wine is packed with ripe berry fruits.
Barrel Sample 88-90 Points