April 15 2011
The buzz around Bordeaux 2010 is already building to a climax. So if UK claret lovers want to get a sneak preview of the vintage prior to the wines being offered en primeur, then the place to head for is Bibendum’s sixth Bordeaux Tasting at Lord’s Cricket Ground on May 4.
Having tasted the wines in Bordeaux at the beginning of April, I can assure collectors that there is little doubt that, once again, great wines have been made in 2010 – on both banks of the Gironde. However, the profile of the wines is very different from the rich, opulent and voluptuous reds of 2009. Tasters will find 2010 much more classical with great tannin structure and acidity to match. Most critics agree that 2010 is more in the mould of 2005, both in terms of structure and, critically, quality. Certainly, they are vins de garde.
More than 90 châteaux are attending (pictured: St Emilion vineyards), including plenty of proprietors and principals. Some older wines will also be available to taste. Top names include Angélus, Figeac, Gazin, Haut-Bailly, La Conseillante, Lynch Bages, Léoville-Barton, Léoville Las Cases, Montrose, Pichon-Longueville Baron, Troplong Mondot and Suduiraut.
Tickets, which cost £30 for one, or £100 for four, are selling out fast.