Château Laroche Bel Air, Côtes de Bordeaux 2010
We pride ourselves on having the best selection in the country of high quality, affordable Bordeaux 2010s and Château Laroche Bel Air is one of those. 2010 was an extraordinarily good vintage when the growing season and harvest in Bordeaux were as close to perfect as it gets and the wines almost made themselves.
Château Laroche 2010 is now reaching peak maturity. It is a very much classical in style with rich, sophisticated and complex lip smacking fruit flavours. It will continue at its peak for at least another five years. It is very much my style of claret and writing about it makes me want to open a bottle. In a word – delicious!
How does the wine taste?
A cracking 2010 with lots of chewy, unctuous fruit. Fresh, and very well-balanced with soft tannins and a long finish. Will only get better as well.
What do the critics say?
Reviews from the previous vintage;
"The 2009 Ch. Laroche Bel Air is from the Côtes de Bordeaux and a 10/10 vintage. With lashings of Merlot and dashes of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, its richly flavoured think plums, damsons, blueberries and vanilla and silky smooth."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
"Among the 6,000 wine châteaux of Bordeaux, the worlds greatest region for fine wines, it is just occasionally possible to find a truly delicious wine from an otherwise obscure, completely unknown château. This is one of them. The 2009 vintage, described by several wine critics as the greatest vintage since 1961 and probably in fact better with the huge improvements in winemaking, of this Côtes de Bordeaux, Château Laroche Bel Air is a really lovely claret and drinking quite perfectly just now. I decanted it an hour before dinner and could not have enjoyed it more. Buy and drink it, while you can!"
David Campbell, Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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