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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
(97-100)
WA
(98-100)
2018 Chateau Bellefont Belcier St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79119 
WA
(91-93)
VM
(90-93)
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+)
WS
(94-97)
2018 Beychevelle is an exceptional, utterly vivid wine...flamboyant and full-throttle, not to mention absolutely stunning.
2018 Chateau Branaire Ducru - St. Julien (future)
750ml | SKU 78669 
WS
(94-97)
VM
(94-96)
2018 Chateau Brane Cantenac - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 79019 
VM
(92-95)
The 2018 Brane-Cantenac captures all of the natural richness of the year. A delicious wine.
2018 Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79095 
VM
(95-98)
The 2018 Canon La Gaffelire is extraordinary !
2018 Chateau Canon - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78780 
WA
(97-99)
JS
98-99
The 2018 Canon is magnificent. That's pretty much all there is to it.
2018 Chateau Clinet - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 78742 
WA
(94-96+)
JD
(96-99)
Full-bodied and chock-full of bright, energetic fruit, it has a firm, finely grained structure and long, fragrant finish.
2018 Chateau Clos Fourtet - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79129 
WA
(95-97)
WS
(96-99)
2018 Chateau Cos d'Estournel - St. Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 78781 
WA
(97-100)
VM
(97-100)
2018 Chateau D'Issan - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 79072 
WA
(94-96)
VM
(92-95)
2018 Chateau Domaine de Chevalier - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78782 
VM
(94-97)
JS
(99-100)
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
96-99
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 
WA
(92-94)
VM
91-94
2018 Chateau Gazin - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 78743 
WS
(93-96)
Powerful and vibrant, with terrific persistence... hugely attractive.
2018 Chateau Haut Bailly - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78786 
WA
(96-98+)
JS
(97-98)
velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with compelling restraint and exciting energy...a wine of the vintage.
2018 Chateau La Conseillante - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 79291 
WA
(96-98+)
VM
(95-98)
2018 Chateau La Gaffeliere - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78980 
VM
(94-97)
WA
(94-96)
2018 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 79155 
WA
(98-100)
Extraordinary wine....seamless freshness, finishing incredibly long and fantastically multilayered.
2018 Chateau Lafon Rochet - St. Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 78787 
VM
(92-95)
JS
93-94
2018 Chateau Lagrange - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 78788 
WA
(93-95+)
WS
(93-96)
2018 Chateau Larcis Ducasse - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78789 
WA
(96-98)
JS
(97-98)
A wine of total sophistication and class, Larcis Ducasse is fabulous in 2018...there is an element of precision in Larcis that is truly remarkable.
2018 Chateau Le Prieure - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78790 
VM
(93-96)
One of the wines of the vintage...finely sculpted fruit and magnificent overall balance...don't miss it
2018 Chateau Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 78792 
WA
(98-100)
JS
(99-100)
Simply breathtaking. Very finely grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit through the epically long, amazingly nuanced finish.
2018 Chateau Leoville Poyferre - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 78793 
VM
(94-97)
JS
97-98
2018 Loville-Poyferr is a stunning wine...a vibrant Saint-Julien that will leave readers weak at the knees.
2018 Chateau Lynch Bages - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78794 
WA
(96-98)
WS
(96-99)
A potent, racy wine endowed with real textural depth and intensity... it retains terrific nuance and vibrancy.
2018 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78795 
VM
92-95
JS
95-96
2018 Malartic Lagravire is powerful, rich and explosive, all while retaining a mid-weight sense of structure.
2018 Chateau Malescot St Exupery - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 78842 
WA
(94-96+)
VM
(93-96)
2018 Chateau Margaux - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 79258 
WA
(97-100)
2018 Chateau Marquis d'Alesme - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 78645 
WA
(94-96)
WS
(93-96)
2018 Chateau Montrose - St. Estephe
750ml | SKU 78796 
VM
(96-98)
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 Palmer Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 78899 
WA
(97-99)
2018 Chateau Pape Clement - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78797 
WA
(96-98)
JS
(97-98)
a Pape Clment that explodes with vertical intensity and lift...it is super expressive
2018 Chateau Pavie Macquin - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 78837 
WA
(95-97)
WS
(95-98)
2018 Chateau Pavie - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 79273 
WA
(97-100)
WS
(96-99)
2018 Chateau Pichon Baron - Pauillac (Future)
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 Pontet Canet - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78800 
VM
(97-99)
WA
(96-99)
2018 Chateau Siran - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 78748 
WS
(92-95)
2018 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 78805 
WA
(97-99+)
JS
(98-99)
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
(94-97)
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.