2010 Château Perron — A Serious Wine for the Bordeaux Bargain-Hunter
By now, the greatness of Bordeaux’s 2010 vintage has been well documented. Robert Parker, Stephen Tanzer, James Suckling, Jancis Robinson, and Wine Spectator all came out with guns blazing, ranking 2010 as one of the greatest vintages since 1961. Parker dropped a DOZEN 100-point scores. Spectator rolled out a 99-point vintage rating.
But for most of us — millionaires and billionaires excluded — Parker’s 100-point bottles remain just slightly out of reach. The 100-pointer from Cheval Blanc in 2010 goes for $1,800. Château Latour’s 100-pointer commands $2,000 on the market. And for the paltry sum of $4,000/bottle, you can stock your cellars with the 100-point Château Petrus from Bordeaux’s legendary 2010 vintage! Even now, as the 2015s trickle into the market, the 2010s are still maintaining their sky-high valuations.
Fortunately for many college funds, quality was monumental across the board in 2010. In Graves, a stone’s throw from Château Haut-Brion, the old vines at Château Perron turned out a bargain-hunter’s dream.
In the south of the Médoc, near the town of Mazères, Perron sits on 60 planted acres of vines. Over half are Cabernet Sauvignon rooted in gravelly soils — the same you’ll find at Château Haut-Brion. The estate, purchased in 1531 by Jean de Pontac, who at the time was the owner of Haut-Brion, is now in the hands of the Guignard family. The winemaking responsibilities fall in the the capable hands of Dominique Guignard, who feels the 2010 vintage could be his finest to date.
The 2010 Château Perron, Graves is a textbook Médoc blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cab Franc. Bright, dark red. Expressive aromas of red currant, plum, pipe tobacco, flowers and spices. Supple, sweet and chewy, with rather soft, inviting red fruit and dusty spice flavors accented by fresh herbs. Finishes with a good tannic spine and a pitch-perfect balance. This is a serious wine for $18.99. Drink now to 2027.
This is one of the great deals of Wine Spectator’s 99-point 2010 vintage in Graves — with historic pedigree going back to the original owner of Château Haut-Brion. Today, the piggy bank remains in-tact; just $18.99 for our Bordeaux bargain-hunters.