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2018 Bordeaux

2018 Bordeaux – a surprisingly great vintage

“At the very peak of quality, the 2018s are mind-blowingly incredible.”  Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

“As for the wines, the best 2018s are positively stunning.”  Antonio Galloni - Vinous

“After two weeks in Bordeaux tasting more than 1,100 wines from the 2018 vintage, I can tell you that 2018 is an exceptional year for Bordeaux wines.”  James Suckling

The wine writers certainly agree, as do I, that 2018 is a terrific vintage in Bordeaux.  In fact, I have never seen such agreement in the scores from the six most highly regarded reviewers from any previous vintage in Bordeaux.

I was in Bordeaux in early April 2019 for the annual En Primeur tastings where I sampled well over 300 wines from the excellent 2018 vintage.  I was also in Bordeaux in early October 2018 during the harvest and got a preview of the vintage. Overall, this was a very interesting vintage to taste. The wines are certainly very concentrated, but in the best examples, the tannins are very fine and silky and there is great balance and freshness.  There are some Chateaux that made the best wines they’ve ever produced.  But it is not a vintage where one can pinpoint a specific region as ‘the best’, although St. Julien was by far the most consistent.  There are a lot of hits but there are some misses over all the appellations.  One colleague posed the question “could this be a modern day 1982?”. Only time will tell.  Quantity will be an issue as yields were way down for many Chateaux, so it will be in your best interest to buy ‘En Premier’.  Please feel free to give me a call here at the store 202-338-1433 if you’d like to discuss in detail or you can email me at pbernstein@bassins.com   -Phil Bernstein

 

ETA Spring 2021

2018 Chateau Ausone - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79276 
VM
99
WA
(98-100)
2018 Chateau Bellefont Belcier St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79119 
VM
93
JD
94
The 2018 Bellefont-Belcier is superb.
2018 Chateau Berliquet St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79036 
WA
(93-95+)
Owned and made by the team from Ch Canon. A joyous, radiant wine, Berliquet expresses the natural radiance of the vintage.
2018 Chateau Beychevelle - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 78778 
WA
(94-96+)
VM
96
2018 Beychevelle is an exceptional, utterly vivid wine...flamboyant and full-throttle, not to mention absolutely stunning.
2018 Chateau Branaire Ducru - St. Julien (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78669 
VM
96
WS
(94-97)
Branaire remains a model of grace. It is unquestionably one of the under the radar wines of the year.
2018 Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 79019 
VM
95
JD
95+
The 2018 Brane-Cantenac captures all of the natural richness of the year. A delicious wine. I loved it.
2018 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79095 
VM
97
The 2018 Canon La Gaffelire is extraordinary !
2018 Chateau Canon - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78780 
VM
98
WA
(97-99)
The 2018 Canon is magnificent. That's pretty much all there is to it.
2018 Chateau Clos Fourtet - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79129 
VM
98
WS
(96-99)
The 2018 is a magical wine, that's all there is to it. Don't miss it.
2018 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 79122 
WA
(97-99)
JD
(97-100)
At once beautifully elegant and wonderfully bold. A wine of pure and total sensual beauty.
2018 Chateau Figeac - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78783 
WA
(97-99)
VM
98
WS
(97-100)
The signature of this wine is so clear, so defined, that this is a Bordeaux wine without peers...the finest Figeac ever produced.
2018 Chateau Fombrauge - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78784 
JD
95
It's hands down the finest vintage I've tasted from this estate.
2018 Chateau Gazin - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 78743 
JD
97
Powerful and vibrant, with terrific persistence... hugely attractive.
2018 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78785 
VM
96
WS
95-98
The 2018 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fabulous...a wine of tremendous class that remains restrained and aristocratic in breeding. Don't miss it.
2018 Chateau Haut Bailly - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78786 
JD
98
WA
(97-98+)
velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with compelling restraint and exciting energy...a wine of the vintage.
2018 Chateau Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 79256 
WA
100
"...By way of reference, think 1989 with more restraint and even greater purity..."
2018 Chateau La Conseillante - Pomerol
750ml | SKU 79291 
VM
98
WA
(96-98+)
The 2018 La Conseillante is a regal and utterly exquisite. It is, in a word: dynamite !
2018 Chateau La Gaffeliere - St. Emilion (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78980 
VM
99
WA
(94-96)
The 2018 La Gaffelire is hands down one of the wines of the vintage.
2018 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 79155 
WA
(98-100)
JD
100
Extraordinary wine....seamless freshness, finishing incredibly long and fantastically multilayered.
2018 Chateau Lafon Rochet - St. Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 78787 
VM
94
JD
94
The 2018 Lafon-Rochet is such a classy wine. Power and finesse meld together in this Saint-Estphe that is gorgeous.
2018 Chateau Lagrange - St. Julien (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78788 
JD
97
WS
(93-96)
The 2018 Lagrange is off the charts. Bold, plush and beautifully resonant in the glass.
2018 Chateau Le Crock St. Estephe
750ml | SKU 85987 
JD
93
WS
92
Unquestionably the finest wine I've tasted from this estate, it should be snatched up by readers.
2018 Chateau Le Prieure - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78790 
VM
96
One of the wines of the vintage...finely sculpted fruit and magnificent overall balance...don't miss it
2018 Chateau Leoville Barton - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 78791 
JD
97
WS
96-99
The 2018 Loville-Barton is fabulous.
2018 Chateau Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78792 
WA
(98-100)
JD
100
Simply breathtaking. Very finely grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit through the epically long, amazingly nuanced finish.
2018 Chateau Lynch Bages - Pauillac (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78794 
JD
98+
WS
(96-99)
One of the finest vintages I've ever tasted from this address, the 2018 Chteau Lynch-Bages has everything you look for in a great wine.
2018 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere - Pessac
750ml | SKU 78795 
VM
95
JS
95-96
The 2018 Malartic Lagravire is every bit as compelling as it was en primeur...I loved it.
2018 Chateau Marjosse Bordeaux
750ml | SKU 85547 
WA
(90-92+)
VM
(90-92)
2018 Chateau Montrose - St. Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 78796 
JD
100
JS
(98-99)
a stellar wine in the making...it balances finesse and power to a degree I don't think I have seen in a recent young Montrose.
2018 Chateau Mouton Rothschild - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 79257 
VM
99
WA
(97-99+)
The 2018 Mouton is utterly breathtaking today. This is a tremendous showing.
2018 Chateau Pape Clement - Pessac (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78797 
JD
99
JS
(97-98)
2018 Chteau Pape Clement from Bernard Magrez is a gorgeous wine that's performing even better from bottle than barrel, which is always a good sign
2018 Chateau Pavie - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79273 
JD
100
WA
(97-100)
This is another magical, probably immortal wine from this terroir that marries power with elegance perfectly. Don't miss it !
2018 Chateau Pavillon Rouge - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 79260 
JD
95
WA
(93-95)
2018 Chateau Pichon Baron - Pauillac (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78798 
WA
(97-99)
JS
(97-98)
Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive...framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins...beautiful
2018 Chateau Prieure Lichine - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 78801 
VM
94
JS
93-94
The 2018 Prieur-Lichine is a gorgeous, elegant wine.
2018 Chateau Quintus - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79169 
WA
(94-96)
JD
96
2018 Chateau Talbot - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 79008 
VM
(91-94)
WS
(93-96)
2018 Talbot is super-refined and nuanced from start to finish. Powerful yet also impeccably refined.
2018 Chateau Troplong Mondot - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79073 
VM
97
WS
(95-98)
2018 Troplong Mondot is a remarkable wine...there is a level of precision and vibrancy that is simply breathtaking
2018 Chateau Vieux Ch Certan - Pomerol (pre arrival)
750ml | SKU 78803 
WA
(97-100)
JS
(99-100)
A wine of the vintage ! Marvelously layered and with such jaw-dropping brightness from the fruit, the end is almost electric. Incredible.