The Top Picks from the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting, Singapore

With demand continuing to escalate for 2010 Bordeaux in recent weeks, it was entirely appropriate that this weekend saw the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore host the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting. Held as part of their annual wine weekend, over 25 wines were showcased from across the communes of Bordeaux. This proved a valid exercise; whilst there is a notion that the vintage will not mature for at least another 20 years, many wines on display were showing incredibly well.

Our host was respected wine journalist Ch’ng Poh Tiong, publisher of The Wine Review, the oldest wine publication in SE Asia, Hong Kong and China, as well as a columnist for Decanter magazine in the UK. A bumper local crowd turned out, perhaps encouraged by the tropical rainfall in Singapore this weekend. Everybody eagerly lapped up the wines, scribbling notes and enthusiastically sharing their thoughts with their peers. This is a vintage which everyone is talking about at the moment as the wines continue to show great intensity of fruit, structure, richness, with long tannins and excellent balance and freshness.

There were some brilliant wines – Smith Haut Lafitte was delicious – as well as a couple of superb wines which have perhaps floated under the radar – Branaire Ducru and Brane Cantenac, both fantastic. The Domaine Chevalier Blanc was explosive, a real knockout. Many of these continue to be trading at their release prices but with the recent love interest, how long can this last?

A few standout wines:

Smith Haut Lafitte
Mint and eucalyptus and some graphite. Lots of depth richness and concentration. Really delicious!! Great length.

(98+ RP / 95 NM)

Branaire Ducru
Cool and soft, tannins are also soft it’s just there’s an abundance of them! Huge character and again needs time, but highly impressive stuff.

(94 RP / 93 NM)

Brane Cantenac
Floral and supple on the nose. Opulence not found on other Margaux’s at the moment. Fleshier. More open but still lots if time in the cellar required, perhaps earlier drinking than others. Very good and excellent length. 

(95+ RP / 95 NM)

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
So featherlight in the glass. Passion fruit, mango and apricot. Fresh picked! Smorgasbord of exotic on palate, goes on and on, tip top acidity and great length. Nice creamy aftertaste too. Outstanding and could last decades.

(94+ RP / 93 NM)