This northern part of the Médoc is not good at making the best of a bad vintage, as many châteaux lack the means to take risks and sacrifice quantity for quality, but if the climate treats them well, the wines respond in kind. Overall the fruit is rich and more plummy than 2009, but the better wines have clear-cut flavours and depth to provide good drinking later in this decade. That quality is improving across the appellation is once again evident with the 2010s. By Steven Spurrier

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