Single Bottle - Double Magnum - 3 LitersStarting bid HK$4,375.00
Dark and superrich, with brown sugar-laden black cherry and spice flavors that explode into a cascade of gooeyness on the long finish. Not for the faint of heart, but very impressive. Grenache. Drink now through 2016. 118 cases imported.
It's my opinion that the 2010 Les Amis is in a developmental trough at the moment, as it just wasn't quite as expressive and flamboyant as either the 2009 or recent vintages, despite being a terrific year. It's full-bodied, ripe and silky in texture, with gorgeous floral aromatics, raspberry fruit and hints of vanilla and cedar lurking in the background. Still youthful, it should drink well through 2030 if properly cellared.
The 2010 Les Amis is akin to a vinous BFF. At 16% it weighs in heavy on the alcohol but the wine oozes charm and appeal. Rich dark plums, kirsch, chocolate and vanillin. There's a wealth of ripeness here, Californian dates and oily nuances. The palate delivers density with impressive resolve. It builds and bubbles with luxurious ripe-fruit flesh and flavors. Tannins fold in waves and it finishes with mocha and lingering blood plums. Drink now.
Medium red-purple; grenache was matured for 18 months in new French barriques, and has much more structure and texture than the majority of Barossa Valley grenaches; that said, its red fruits are wrapped in a cocoon of oak; less would have been better still.