Château Laroche Bel Air, Côtes de Bordeaux 2010
"From a very good vintage in Bordeaux and with a handy 12 years already under its belt, this is a Merlot-dominated red. I was initially surprised to find it closed with a modern DIAM technical cork, but that is explained. The colour shows a little development but is still solid at the core. There's a hint of tinned plum tomato on the nose that gives a savoury character, a little spice too. In the mouth that spiciness of red and black fruit continues, not a lot of barrel component showing, but firm tannins are resolving nicely and the overall balance is good."
Tom Cannavan, WINE-PAGES.COM
Château Laroche Bel Air 2010 is a very high quality, affordable claret. 2010 was an extraordinarily good vintage, one of the greatest of modern times, when the growing season and harvest in Bordeaux were as close to perfect as it gets, and the wines almost made themselves.
The wine is now reaching peak maturity. It is 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!
These excellent 2010s are fast disappearing from the market - so like me, you should stock up.
- Esme Johnstone, Co-Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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?
"...a Merlot-rich, oak-aged blend that begs to be drunk. The nose might be a touch reserved but there is plenty of ripe, luscious fresh and cooked fruit on the palate with hints of vanilla and liquorice on the finish. Delicious!"
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine