We are down to our last cases of Château Laroche Bel Air 2010 - this sumptuous, rich, mature claret that is perfect for drinking now. It is from one of the great vintages of all time, when the growing season and harvest in Bordeaux were as close to perfect - when the wines practically made themselves. Indeed, such high quality, great-value 2010 wines as this have now all but disappeared from the market, and Laroche Bel Air is sure to follow suit.
But here’s a 2010 now at peak maturity and one with a good four or five years ahead of it. Very much classical in style with complex lip-smacking cabernet and merlot fruit flavours. Tannins are soft and the finish is lovely and long. I just love clarets like this and in fact, the very writing about it makes me want to open a bottle.
- Esme Johnstone, Co-Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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Customer Reviews (1)
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.
"...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
"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