2010 Bordeaux – Lynch Bages, Montrose, Branaire Ducru, d’Issan, Canon

by Charles Lea

This morning’s releases have continued to pile up.

The big news is the release of Lynch Bages. This is a really superb wine, and a great pair to Pontet Canet. “The 2010 blew me away on each occasion I tasted it” says Robert Parker, who gave it 95-97 points.

Chateau Montrose, another property on a remarkable roll of great vintages, has released its 2010 which again is highly acclaimed and was certainly one of my wines of the vintage. Also on offer is its second wine Dame de Montrose.

Branaire Ducru is another of the fabulous wines produced in Saint Julien this year , a really taut, fine, beautifully-defined wine this year.

Chateau d’Issan has been making better and better wines in recent year, and this would be my choice rather than some the rather soupier Margaux.

Finally for this morning it is back to the right bank with Chateau Canon. This Chanel-owned property makes lovely pure wines but I can’t get my head round the price level for this.