Chateau Broustet (2nd Growth Barsac)
RELEASED 11th May 2010 – £143/case bottles or £159/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Purchased by the Merlaut family right at the start of the harvest, they quickly put in an excellent technical team and transferred the wine-making back to the original Broustet cellar which had not been used since the Fournier days of the late 80s. The 2010 is soft and mild, not tremendously sweet but very balanced. We will be watching with great interest what they do in 2011. I knew it well in the 80s. It was excellent.
Decanter: 16.5/20 – Pale with green edge, slight oakiness, more Sauvignon-like than most on the nose, nice acidity, good overall balance; the new owner has created better style and precision with his very first vintage. Drink 2018-2030.
Jancis Robinson: 16/20 – Drink 2018-2030. Greenish pale gold. Not much nose – a little bit of sulphur only. Medium weight and clean, concentrated Semillon fruit but not desperately complex. Grapefruit-peel finish. 13.8% Alcohol.
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92/100 – Concentrated structure, a wine that pushes power and density. The year’s acidity adds the necessary freshness. Impressive.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 89-91+/100 – Better than Filhot, this wine has a fine body, with good minerality, and better balance, ending on a spearmint note. Fine.
Rene Gabriel: 17/20
Tim Atkin: 88/100
Jeremy Williams: 86-87+/100 – Pale gold; some wax, some hoiney; little more straightforward on the palate; full and rich; lacks complexity but good.
Chris Kissack: 16.5-17.5/20 – Very clean style on the nose with a rich, very polished-stone fruit character. It is slightly smoky as well, and certainly holds some appeal. The palate shows the same vibrancy of fruit but there is texture and style here with it. Some nice liquorous development in the middle, with all the energy and grip of the botrytis. Lovely creamy style on the finish, and overall lovely vigour too. This is wonderful effort for Broustet.