2010 Laforge Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • JS 92
  • WS 91
  • IWC 91
  • WE 90

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Reg: $49.94

$39.94

This product is
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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
Showing slightly better from bottle than barrel (and it performed admirably there), the 2010 Laforge emerges from three major soil types in St.-Emilion – gravel, sand and hard limestone. It is largely a Merlot-based wine... Showing slightly better from bottle than barrel (and it performed admirably there), the 2010 Laforge emerges from three major soil types in St.-Emilion – gravel, sand and hard limestone. It is largely a Merlot-based wine, with only about 8% Cabernet Franc added in. A big, forceful, classic, full-bodied St.-Emilion with sensational depth, the 2010 displays plenty of black fruit, hints of incense, graphite, and forest floor, and perhaps even a suggestion of black truffle. It is deep, full-bodied, opulently textured, yet the tannic structure comes through in the finish. This is another sensational effort from proprietor Jonathan Malthus. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JS 92
jamessuckling.com, February 2013
Wonderful nose with vibrant red fruit like raspberries, red cherries and fragrant red apple. Some eucalyptus and mint. Full-bodied and intensely fruity on the palate with layered structure and finely knit tannins. Try... Wonderful nose with vibrant red fruit like raspberries, red cherries and fragrant red apple. Some eucalyptus and mint. Full-bodied and intensely fruity on the palate with layered structure and finely knit tannins. Try after 2016.
WS 91
Wine Spectator, March 2013
Solid, with linzer torte and cassis notes woven together and lined with a sappy melted licorice note. Plenty of sweet spice fills in on the finish, which is dense but caressing in feel overall. Best from 2014 through... Solid, with linzer torte and cassis notes woven together and lined with a sappy melted licorice note. Plenty of sweet spice fills in on the finish, which is dense but caressing in feel overall. Best from 2014 through 2024. – JM
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Good bright red-ruby. Pure aromas of red and blue fruits, minerals and chalk dust. Juicy and imploded, with the wine's underlying minerality leavening its sweetness today. Finishes savory and long but youthfully tight... Good bright red-ruby. Pure aromas of red and blue fruits, minerals and chalk dust. Juicy and imploded, with the wine's underlying minerality leavening its sweetness today. Finishes savory and long but youthfully tight for merlot.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
Dominated by juicy Merlot, the wine has weight, density and a full, fruity blackberry character. This generosity is balanced by a restraining dry, tannic core.
JJB 94
JJ Buckley, April 2011
92% merlot and 8% cabernet franc. Sweet black fruit on the nose is paired with vanilla and mocha followed by earthy tones and chalk. The palate is fresh and smooth with ripe tannins and smooth acidity. A fantastic wine in... 92% merlot and 8% cabernet franc. Sweet black fruit on the nose is paired with vanilla and mocha followed by earthy tones and chalk. The palate is fresh and smooth with ripe tannins and smooth acidity. A fantastic wine in the making. I would consider leaving this alone until at least 2017 and enjoy the following 10.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2010
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Label

Chateau Laforge is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from three Saint Emilion soil types - sand, gravel, and clay over limestone. The vines are cropped low, ensuring concentration. They receive two to three runs of green harvesting —at fruit set and veraison - ensuring only the most perfect hand-picked berries get into the vats.

The wine is fermented in wooden vats after extremely cold maceration. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak. 1,500 to 2,000 cases are produced.

Winery

Laforge

The single-vineyard Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe Chateau Laforge, formerly known as Petit Mauvinon, was purchased in 1998 by Jonathan Maltus, owner of Chateau Teyssier.

The vines at Laforge are cropped low — around 30 hectolitres a hectare — four bunches to the vine (less than half the volume authorized by the Appellation), ensuring concentration. The soil is comprised of the three types that exist in Saint Emilion — sand, gravel, and clay over limestone. The vines that make up the gravel contribution are usually the first picked each year as the gravel retains heat throughout the night, allowing for earlier ripening.

Maltus produces eight Saint-Emilion wines, ranging from the estate wines Chateau Teyssier and Chateau Laforge, as well as limited-release single vineyard wines Le Dome, Le Carre, Les Asteries, and Vieux Chateau Mazerat. Maltus has also ventured into Napa Valley, with single-vineyard wines produced under the World's End label.