Château-La-Prade Francs Cotes de Bordeaux 2010
Winemaker Notes :
Château La Prade, with its old vines planted on chalk, has very low yields and receives additional care in the vineyard. Its wines are aged, on their lees, in 50% new oak barrels. The preservation of fruit character, a rich, round body and a great tannic structure make this Merlot dominated wine one of the best expressions of the Côtes de Francs, alongside the more masculine Château Puygueraud.
Wine SpectatorDark and ripe, with a lush edge to the plum sauce and dark fig notes that's held in check by a charcoal frame. Bitter orange and Campari hints flash through the finish, with a briary feel as well. Drink now through 2015. 1,666 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastA powerful, firmly structured wine, this is dense and concentrated, a powerhouse of both dark fruits and firm tannins. It will need many years to develop its full potential.
Wine AdvocateI had some bottle variation in tasting this wine on three separate occasions, but it is certainly very good and somewhat unusual in 2010, in that it is 100% Merlot. Made under the auspices of Stephane Derenoncourt and another consultant by the name of Julien Lavenu, the wine has plenty of sweet red and black fruit on the attack but then narrows out in the mouth. The bottle variation revolved around the different level of tannins I found in my three separate tastings.