By most accounts, the 2010 vintage of Bordeaux either meets or exceeds the greatness of 2009. We’ve already taken a few deliveries of this fine vintage and want to get tasting right away. Stop into the store anytime this Saturday to sample two from Margaux, the commune that boasts the greatest concentration of classed growth properties in Bordeaux. Both wines we’ll be pouring are 3rd Growth in the 1855 classification.
Château Giscours – The vineyards at Giscours are spread over four gravel outcrops in Margaux, with slightly sandy, pebbly soil. In summer the vines see a leaf thinning and green harvest to push up the quality of fruit, which is harvested manually, destemmed and fermented plot by plot. The wine then goes into oak barrels for up to eighteen months. The blend is 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot.
Château Desmirail – Desmirail’s vineyards feature gravelly soils that characterize the left bank of the Gironde. The fruit is hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard, and then fermented according to the plot of origin. The wine sees oak for 12-18 months, with one-third of the barrels new each year. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.