See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for François Mikulski 2010.
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 18.5, Gearoid Devaney MS 18.5 and Steven Spurrier 18.5.
The nephew of grower Pierre Boillot, Mikulski took over and renamed his domaine more than 20 years ago, also sourcing grapes from 8ha of vines. However, the grapes for the Perrières are purchased. His use of new oak is moderate – no more than 20% – and it shows in this wine, which is lean and exact, requiring more time for the fruit and the palate to fill out. Although the wines can spend as long as 18 months in oak, the wood remains very much in the background.
SB Light citric nose, with a herbal tang. Lean and precise, concentrated and forthright, with integrated oak and a linear structure. Needs time to fill out and gain more complexity. Depth of flavour and very good length.
GD Fragrant with lots of stone fruits and wet stone. Palate is elegant, the soft peachy fruit backed up with precise acidity and lovely saline minerals. This wine has good definition and a long finish, and will get better,
SS Fine, precise, apple, pear and lemon nose with fine oak. Beautiful ripe fruit palate with acidity and citrus elements still a bit dominant, but a very classy wine to emerge and to last well. This should become a real classic.
Price: £62–£64 Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare