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Our Top 20 wines from 2018 Bordeaux

Here are our Top 20 wines from 2018 Bordeaux...

The Cream of the Crop!  All score from 96 to 100 points!!!

 
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!

“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

 

Last Chance for 2018 Bordeaux at Pre-Arrival prices! 

Wines will arrive in June 2021 (Approx.)

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 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 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 Gazin - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 78743 
JD
97
Powerful and vibrant, with terrific persistence... hugely attractive.
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 Clinet - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 78742 
JD
99
One of the superstars of the vintage, it has incredible elegance and finesse as well as gorgeous richness and depth
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 79256 
WA
100
"...By way of reference, think 1989 with more restraint and even greater purity..."
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.


The Complete List...

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