St-Emilion 1GCC & GCC 2010: panel tasting results

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These structured, ageworthy wines pleased our judges on the whole, but they criticised the high oak,
extraction and alcohols in many examples, which masked their vineyard character. Nevertheless, two wines were awarded Outstanding and 17 wines Highly Recommended - see all 19 St Emilion 2010s here...
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St Emilion 2010, Château Beauséjour
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Château Beauséjour, 1GCC
Decanter average score:
18.75pts/20 (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 19 James Lawther MW 18.5 Steven Spurrier 18.75
2010 was the second vintage produced under the direction of Nicolas Thienpont with Stéphane Derenoncourt acting as winemaking consultant. Over the years the tiny 6.5-hectare vineyard has been well maintained but the Thienpont-Derenoncourt team has added greater precision to the cultivation, increasing the number of parcels and fine-tuning the ‘green’ work (leaf plucking, green harvesting, etc). In the cellars there have been two significant changes: a greater number of smaller concrete vats were introduced to match the number and size of parcels and the vats adapted for pigeage (punching down the cap).
Stephen Brook Lush, toasty nose, distinctly oaky and minty, but stylish. Rich and sleek, this has a fine texture and great freshness and polish. The fruit is concentrated, spicy and balanced, without excessive extraction. There’s a sweetness on the finish, which has charm, elegance and length.
James Lawther MW Dark, raisined fruit on the nose. Big and powerful. Massive tannic frame but ripe and rounded. Long, dry finish.
Steven Spurrier Good depth of extraction and a nice floral element from Cabernet Franc. Concentrated and suave, smooth and deep, with some lifted, exotic spice. Very rich, but that is 2010. A strikingly good wine.
Price £298–£366 Christopher Keiller, Corkr Fine Wines, Fine & Rare, Interest in Wine, Robert Rolls
Drink 2015–2035
Alc 14.5%