Bordeaux 2010 – Castillon- & Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux

There were no freak climatic occurrences in 2010 as there had been in 2009 (a hailstorm in May which affected the north of the region) so quality was more uniform in Castillon and Francs this year. The clay-limestone terroir efficiently regulated the water supply avoiding stress in the vineyard and the clement autumn weather enabled the grapes to achieve full ripeness. Consequently, some excellent wines have been made. Alcohols are high but acidities are good and pHs low meaning good balance. This is definitely a year to keep an eye out for this region's good value wines. By James Lawther MW.


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