Southwold 2010 – right-bank reds

See our guide to bordeaux 2010 reviewed at Southwold, including all the other tasting notes.

When in Southwold (seen here between fishermen's huts down by the harbour) we began our three-day schedule by concentrating on the right-bank wines, beginning with a flight of less famous St-Émilions that in past vintages had often been very hard work. Although some examples were very tough and tart, other 2010s at this level were much more impressive than usual – and less sweet'n'oaky than usual although some wines still showed signs of over-extraction – to the point of bitterness in some cases. As we...