Bordeaux 2010: All That Glitters… (May 2011)

(90% merlot with 10% cabernet franc; 26 hectoliters per hectare; 14.5% alcohol) Inky-purple. Very ripe blackcurrant aromas lifted by perfumed notes of sage and bay leaf. Then much lighter and more refined on the palate than the ripe nose indicates, with good energy to its black fruit, licorice, tar and pepper flavors. The finish is quite tannic and long. This is impressive, but I prefer the 2009.