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.