Parker rates bordeaux 2010 among the 3 best vintages he tasted in his carreer.

Robert Parker says the 2010 is together with the 2009 and  the 2005 the best bordeaux vintage he has ever tasted.

Robert Parker's best bordeaux in 2010:

 

 

2010 bordeaux  that parker rated higher than the 2009 vintage: 

 

2010 bordeaux that parker  rated lower than the 2009 vintage: 

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quarin says latour 2010 is the wine of the vintage !

The 2010 vintage is overall a greater success for Pauillac than for the neighbouring appellation of Saint Julien. Some labels have done better than in 2005 and 2009. As in Saint Julien, the drought has curbed the liveliness of the fruit but, for those with clayey subsoil, results can truly be spectacular.

LATOUR Pauillac    Pauillac    19,5 - 20 // 99 - 100   
My best score ever given to the estate en primeur.

Beautifully intense dark-hued wine. Mighty nose: subdued yet deep, with a pinch of truffle. Magnificent on entry: broad, compelling, plentiful and showing a tightly-knit texture -and yet its fat is exceptional!  Incredibly rich and melting on the palate, leisurely unfolding layers of flavours through to a powerful finish where tannins and suppleness take it in turns to come to the fore. Très grand vin. 
Latour had been in the habit of bringing its merlot a little late in the past few years but this changed in 2010, which could explain the lifted new savours.  

other wines  that  merited quarins  'best ever score  given to  this estate  en primeur':

PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON    Pauillac    18 // 95  

PONTET CANET    Pauillac    17,75 // 94 - 95  

LEOVILLE BARTON    Saint-Julien    17,5 - 17,75 // 94 - 95 

GRAND PUY LACOSTE    Pauillac    17,5 // 94 

LES FORTS DE LATOUR    Pauillac    17 // 92 

BRANAIRE    Saint-Julien    17 // 92 

LYNCH MOUSSAS    Pauillac    16,5 - 16,75 // 90 - 91 

HAUT BATAILLEY    Pauillac    16,25 // 89   

 

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Parker relegates the coverage of California wine to Galloni

  The emperor of wine, legendary critic Robert Parker, the founder of the Wine Advocate, has relegated the coverage of california wine to Antonio Gallone, who is already covering south america and will also cover Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy.

Parker's influence in wine, and specifically in California wine, is huge. Some say that you can lay the responsibility for the popular big, bold, pricey status Napa Cabs nearly wholly in his lap. 

He will now focus on horizontal and vertical tastings of perfectly stored California wines to see how they develop, and will still cover bordeaux and  the Rhone.

 

The announcement comes as a clear reminder that, at 63, Parker's retirement is looming ever closer.  The question is  whether  the full retirement  would  mark the end - and beginning - of an era. 

Whether or not the Wine Advocate will continue  to influence  demand and thus the price of wine as it has been doing  up to now.   

 

It is not by  coincidence that  Parker appointed  Galloni.

Antonio Galloni is an extremely  talented taster and it will be  of great interest ,  how Galloni's coverage of California and Burgundy will compare or differ from that of his predecessor - particularly given Parker's taste for rich, ripe styles.  

Wine Advocate began with one man's palate but has  now a whole team of tasters cover the world.  

90pluswines  will follow up and report  on the evolution in  tasting notes  of domaines now covered by Galloni.

 

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