'Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac always perform well in the type of warm, dry conditions seen in 2009. It suits the clay-limestone soils and majority Merlot.' I wrote these words last year and the same applies in 2010. Quality is excellent, particularly from the leading growers most of whom are listed below. Alcohol degrees are high but there's a generosity of fruit and wonderful balancing acidity. This coupled with the quantity and quality of tannin means the wines are more structured making them firmer than the 2009s. Volumes were down by 10% on last year due to tiny berries and coulure caused by difficult flowering. By James Lawther MW

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