Fans of Bordeaux have never had it so good. Following the landmark 2009 vintage, the recently released 2010s have set new records for richness and color. “Comparisons are made with previous years and at this level of quality, there are few contenders,” raves Decanter.
But the really exciting thing about the vintage is that the sun shone equally on the whole region — allowing lesser-known appellations (and small châteaux like Château Saint-Louis) to really shine.
“Of the four Saint-Emilion satellite villages, Montagne is the most exciting,” says Wine International magazine. One of four premium villages allowed to append its name to Saint-Emilion (where you find some of Bordeaux’s most sought-after reds), Montagne is home to many of the same ideal vineyard conditions — and the talented team at family-owned, fourth-generation Château Saint-Louis knew just how to make the most of a year like 2010.
A classic Saint-Emilion blend of ripe, plummy Merlot and spicy Cabernet Franc, this fine red is full of rich black fruits with floral undertones and smooth tannins. We recommend decanting it about an hour ahead of serving, to ‘open up’ its full aromas and flavors. For a traditional pairing, sip it with beef tenderloin in a Bordelaise sauce (made with butter, marrow, red wine and shallots). Alternatively, it would be delicious with juicy roast beef or lamb.
Delicious to drink now, or give this top find a few years in your cellar (to 2021). Order now.