"The 2010 vintage in Bordeaux is truly superb. It's a twin vintage in quality to the great 2009, but it's very much different in style. The 2010 reds have more tannin structure, slightly more acidity than 2009, and, in many cases, more alcohol. It sounds like a cliché, but as one winemaker said to me, it is a vintage with more of everything." (www.jamessuckling.com for article & full tasting notes)
After tasting more than 800 wines, Suckling awards 100 points to 11 wines, explaining:
"I actually gave more perfect scores in 2010 than in 2009. These perfect wines were so moving, so impressive. They have unparalleled structure and richness, but at the same time, they have balance and harmony – even with relatively high alcohols. The greatest are not aggressive and already give great pleasure. They underline how great vintages of Bordeaux are always wonderful to taste, whether from barrel or bottle."
Summary of Top Scorers
100 points: Ducru Beaucaillou, La Mission Haut Brion, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Latour, Pontet Canet, & Cheval Blanc, Vieux Chateau Certan, Le Pin, Petrus, Lafleur,
99 points: Leoville Lascases, Lafite, Angelus, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
98 points: Haut Bailly, Palmer, Rauzan Segla, Lynch Bages & Figeac, Ausone, La Conseillante, Eglise Clinet, La Fleur Petrus, Trotanoy.
97 points: Cos d'Estournel, Yquem, Haut Brion, Leoville Barton, Montrose, Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc.
96 points: Calon Segur, Canon, Climens, Feytit Clinet, Gruaud Larose, Guiraud, Hosanna, Evangile, La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, Latour a Pomerol, Nenin, Pape Clement, Clos du Marquis, Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Chapelle de la Mission, La Mondotte, Petit Mouton, Forts de Latour, Pavillon Rouge, Pensees de Lafleur
95 points: Beausejour Becot, Belair-Monange, Beychevelle, Certan de May, Doisy Daene, Faugeres, Giscours, Grand Puy Lacoste, Lagrange, Larmande, Bon Pasteur, Leoville Poyferre, Malartic Lagraviere, Malescot St Exupery, Olivier, Ormes de Pez, Pavie Macquin, Petit Village, Pichon Baron, Providence, Smith Haut Lafitte, Suduiraut, Trottevieille, Valaudraud Blanc, Valandraud, Petit Cheval, Chapelle d'Ausone, Branaire Ducru, Brane Cantenac, Cantenac Brown, Clerc Milon, Issan, Dassault, Haut Batailley, La Dominique, La Louviere Blanc, Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc, Lascombes, Magdelaine, Peby Faugeres, Pichon Lalande.
Further reviews are awaited from the other critics, including Robert Parker.