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Tim Atkin's Verdict on Bordeaux 2010

"...Wine for the long haul, rather than a short sprint..."   Tim Atkin MW - May 2011

Just when you thought Bordeaux had run out of superlatives, along comes another great vintage, one that is arguably even better at the top end than last year’s ‘vintage of the century’.

Bordeaux 2010 might not have received as much hype in the non-­specialist press – maybe the general public can only cope with so many stories about wonder harvests in the world’s largest fine wine region – but in its own way it is equally impressive and arguably the best ever vintage in the Gironde

Overall, this is a vintage for claret and white Bordeaux lovers, more classic than 2009, with the potential to age for longer in bottle. Even if you bought lots of 2009s, make room for some 2010s in your cellar.

Extract from Tim Atkin's MW Bordeaux 2010 special report

Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 25 years' experience. He writes for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, OLN, Intelligent Life Woman and Home, and appears regularly on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen.

Tim is the co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world's most rigorously judged blind tasting competition. Tim has his own website www.timatkin.com
Tim Atkin's MW vintage assessment- Bordeaux 2010

Tim's Top Ten Left Bank Wines Tim's Top Ten Right Bank Wines  
Margaux, Ch., Margaux 100/100  Vieux Ch. Certan, Pomerol 100/100
Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan Rouge 99/100  Petrus, Pomerol 99/100
Latour, Pauillac 99/100  Ausone, St. Emilion 98/100
Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 98/100  L'Evangile, Pomerol 98/100
Cos d'Estournel, St. Estephe 98/100  Le Pin, Pomerol 98/100
Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 98/100  Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion 97/100
Leoville-Las Cases, St. Julien 97/100  Figeac, St. Emilion 97/100
Montrose, St. Estephe 97/100 Conseillante, Pomerol 97/100
Calon Segur, St. Estephe 97/100  L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol 96/100
Palmer, Margaux 97/100  Ch. Valandraud 96/100

See how Berrys' scores compare with those by Tim, Jancis, Parker, Decanter and The Wine Spectator

Bordeaux 2010 En Primeur Wine Tastings Berry Bros Rudd