Fine wines, from terroirs all around the world, require aging to reach the point where they offer the perfect drinking experience. The question of how long is a more complicated one, as it depends on your taste as well as the style of the wine in question. Generally more traditionally made wines have required the longest ageing, often austere in their youth and more balanced at maturity. Modern wines can achieve this balance earlier and the 8-12 window for fine wine offers a dependable drinking window. At this stage most wines offer primary fruit with a softer structure and some tertiary complexity. The Strauss & Co Fine Wine 2010 vintage sale offers a carefully selected collection of wines that have benefited from 10 years maturation.
The South African 2010 vintage offered variable weather conditions, with a cold wet start and seriously hot finish. The small yield produced rich, ripe and tannic reds that required time to knit. The top producers are mature but will keep for up to 10 years.
In most of Europe's classic regions the 2010 vintage is among the greatest of the modern era.
‘The greatest modern vintage of Italy’s most famous red wine region’ says James Suckling on Brunello di Montalcino. The Piedmont vintage was also profound, ‘2010 vintage in Barolo is shaping up to be a modern-day classic’ writes Antonio Galloni. Arguably still on the young side, the top produces from Italy will age well for another couple of decades.
2010 was also excellent for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate vintage guide rates this vintage for reds from the Côte de Nuits 96 points. The structured, ripe but elegant wines are slowly opening up to show their potential.
2010 in Bordeaux was similarly as successful, offering an intense, silky style that showed well from the beginning. This vintage also received an extraordinary rating (96-100) from Wine Advocate, notably awarding the wines from St Julien, Pauillac and St Estephe a 98 point vintage rating, and a whopping 99 points for Pessac Leognan.
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