2010 Bordeaux Rouge - Clarendelle

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Ripe red plum, pipe tobacco, black currant. Broken-in leather, baked cherry, dried cedar and freshly chopped mint. Cardamom and vanilla stick crushed onto cool blackberry pie filling. Violet and young rose. Gravely and tense on the palate with sticky clay tannins and noticable acidity. This 2010 Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge is a success of classic meets modern.
Clarendelle Rouge is a negociant bottling by Domaine Clarence Dillion, who owns some of the most famous Chateau in Bordeaux including Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. This 2010 vintage wine is composed of primarily Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and just a touch of Cabernet Franc. While it carries the humble "Bordeaux" classification, this wine is made from a blend of fruit sourced from notable appellations including Saint-Emilion and Pessac-Leognan. Supposedly some declassified first growth fruit even makes it in! With the success of the 2010 vintage across Bordeaux wines like this one can bring tremendous value for pennies on the dollar. No rush to pop the cork either as these should continue to drink favorably until at least 2025.