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.
James SucklingExpressive nose with red cherries, ripe wild strawberries and some coffee. Eucalyptus leaves and vanilla. Intense and full on the palate with a wonderful bright fruit and ripe chewy tannins. Long and juicy finish. Try in 2016 to resolve the tannins.