I think these last six months have been the most exciting in the wine business for a generation, with the receipt of most of the 2010 Bordeaux and the re-release of a number of the 2009 bottlings.
Vintages like these have happened in 1961, 1982, 1989 and 2005, but to have two successive vintages with such stellar wines is unheard of, at least in my experience.
A good place to start is the 2010 Chateau DeMarsan, a strutting, right-bank Bordeaux, which is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
We opened this at our store early in the day as part of a three-wine tasting regimen. Initially, the wine showed some herb, red fruit, black licorice, and spice, with solid tannin strength and a real tasty nuance at 10 in the morning.
With time this red ramped up, and by the first night softened notes of bay leaf, earth and tobacco joined the roundup of flavors.
Your wine place can get this from Cutting Edge Selections in Cincinnati. It will age a good while and, at $15 a bottle, is quite affordable.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.