Bordeaux 2018 will be remembered as an exceptional year, with no shortage of outstanding wines from this extraordinary vintage. Bordeaux 2018 barrel samples were full of surprises in a ripe vintage that has pockets of brilliance but also some inconsistencies, says Jane Anson in this 3,000-word report on styles and influences among the young wines. This makes the Left Bank perfect for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux wine. How UGC tasting shows off the might of Bordeaux 2018 vintage No elbows were needed at this year’s annual Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) tasting in London, and the Leoville Barton didn’t run out – the new tasting environment for the assessment of the Bordeaux 2018 vintage was seated, took five hours with 130 wines tasted. Almost all Bordeaux reds are a blend of two or more of the grape varieties. 2018 Bordeaux Value wine guide offers advice on the top wines of the vintage selling for under $35 with tasting notes, ratings and vintage information. March and early April were cool, delaying budbreak and flowering, and there was hail in both late May and in July in the southern Médoc; flowering itself, though, took place in fine conditions in the first part of June. Best Bordeaux 2018 wines: Top scores Jane Anson does not give out 100-point scores at en primeur stage, but top wines all scored 98-100 (shown as 99 points), and will be assessed again when bottled, towards the end of 2020. See Jane Anson's top red recommendations... Georgina Hindle … There have been several 100-point wines. The five main red grape varieties in the Bordeaux region are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, with Cabernet the dominant grape on the west side of the Gironde, Merlot to the east. 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The first six months of 2018 were extraordinarily wet in Bordeaux: December 2017, then January, March, April and June 2018 all had rainfall above the 30-year average. Or, if you’d like to receive updates on the latest 2018 Bordeaux en primeur allocations, sign up for our exclusive newsletter. Jane Anson April 15, 2019 The cellars at Cheval Blanc, one of Jane Anson's top rated estates in the Bordeaux 2018 vintage. January 22, 2021 This 2018 Château Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Was Just Named the World’s Best Wine of 2021 You can pick a bottle up for about $600 a pop. As 2018 comes to a close, it’s nearly time to stress about holiday plans and devise a list of short-lived New Year’s resolutions. Un tinto ideal para los amantes de Burdeos, ya que su sabor expresa de forma genuina el 'terroir' del que procede. The weather too has been exceptional, with a glorious summer extending long into the September and early-October harvest, but the vintage had begun with a bizarrely challenging first half of the growing season. En él, además, destaca una agradable frescura aromática, cargada de notas de frutos rojos procedentes de la Merlot. 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<h3>Ratings</h3>
<p>Is the discrepancy for the reds because estates were extremely selective in the samples they presented en primeur? Unlikely. I would say it is more probable that the ageing process wasn’t simple when dealing with the high alcohols of such a dry summer that led to unusual things such as Cabernet Sauvignon at 14.5% ABV and higher.</p>
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<p>This is not something that <a href="https://www.decanter.com/wine/wine-regions/bordeaux-wines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>Bordeaux</strong> </a>has to often deal with, and some properties did not adjust their ageing practices to account for the impact. This came through most notably in the style of tannins extracted over the time the wine has spent in bottle, and I would suggest looking out for slightly unwieldy oak impact – even in the starry appellations of Margaux, Pomerol and St Estèphe.</p>
<p>Having said that, there were some notable highpoints.</p>
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<p>St-Emilion in particular stood out for having really delivered on the potential that it showed during en primeur, with many of the limestone soils keeping freshness but also benefiting from creamy fruits that reached full ripeness.</p>
<p>St Julien and Pauillac also saw some brilliant successes, where the ripe Cabernets were kept in check by the freshening influence of the Garonne river.</p>
<p>Of the value appellations, I would suggest looking to Fronsac and Castillon.</p>
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<h3>Perfect scores</h3>
<p>Of the seven potential 100s that I gave during en primeur, (that were, at the time Cheval Blanc, Vieux Château Certan, Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse, Pichon Comtesse, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and Palmer, all awarded 98-100), I gave the full monty in the end to Palmer, Mouton and Cheval – and also Ausone, up from 98.</p>
<p>The others got 98 points (or a 99 for Léoville Las Cases), so all still brilliant wines that will more than reward getting hold of.</p>
<p>As you can see from the fact that 100 points have been awarded to wines from Pauillac, Margaux and St-Emilion, there are high points all over Bordeaux in 2018, but I would say it is St-Emilion’s year overall.</p>
<p>And I would once again like to draw attention to the 94 points level. This for me is a real sweet spot, and I always underline just how much pleasure they give – they are at the very top of the Highly Recommended band (90-94 points using the Decanter system), and there are a ton of great wines at this level, including</p>
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<li>Langoa Barton</li>
<li>Prieuré Lichine</li>
<li>Lafon Rochet</li>
<li>Haut-Batailley</li>
<li>La Clotte</li>
<li>Bellefont-Belcier</li>
<li>Clos du Clocher</li>
<li>Gazin</li>
<li>La Serre</li>
<li>Couhins Lurton</li>
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<p>This is only a selection, there are around 40 wines at this level, almost as many as all of the &#8216;Exceptional&#8217; and &#8216;Outstanding&#8217; wines that stretch from 95 to 100 points.</p>
<p>The other score level that I would point out is 89. We seem to have entirely forgotten than wines scoring just under 90 often offer brilliant values and unfussy pleasure. Châteaux often get upset at receiving scores at this level, but for a consumer this is another sweet spot that I look out for if the price and construction of the wine corresponds to something that is built for early-to-medium-term drinking.</p>
<h3>Vintage style</h3>
<p>A very brief vintage recap: 2018 was split into two distinct halves, where things were extremely wet until early July, and then extremely dry right through until October.</p>
<p>Of the five conditions that are tracked by the Institute of Oenology each year to assess potential quality, there was not a clean sweep in this vintage, as there was for 2005, 2009 and 2015.</p>
<p>But 2018 did partially meet four of the five, as was the case in 2010 and 2016.</p>
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<li>The first condition of rapid and even flowering was met</li>
<li>The second of good fruit-set was partially met, although there was rain at this point, and issues with mildew.</li>
<li>The third condition detailing the onset of water stress was partially met. ‘A little late due to rain through into July, but when it happened it was abrupt and complete,’ said professor Axel Marchal, of ISVV.</li>
<li>The final two conditions of slow and complete ripening and picking under optimal conditions were fully met in most cases, with the warning that in some cases over-concentration occurred at this point – something that had to be carefully handled during vinification and ageing.</li>
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<h3>Yields</h3>
<p>Yields were low in some cases due to mildew – Durfort Vivens for example saw 10hl/ha, Palmer 11hl/ha and Pontet Canet 12hl/ha. Some estates handled this well (notably Palmer), but sorting had to be unbelievably careful to avoid dried fruit flavours that are typical with mildew-impacted bunches.</p>
<h3>Drinking windows</h3>
<p>In general, 2018 wines are not as well-built and muscular as 2016, and so should be ready a little earlier, especially as there is so much ripe fruit in the wines. The 2017s however are lighter-framed and will be ready first in most cases – and also have less ageing potential than the 2018s in almost every case.</p>
<h3>Prices</h3>
<p>We are now almost two years on from en primeur, but the physical release of the bottles has not impacted prices as much as might have been hoped.</p>
<p>Initial release prices were, in most cases, higher than 2017 &#8211; Liv-ex records the average price rise in the UK as being 17.9% higher than 2017, with Euro prices seen at almost exactly the same level as 2016 in many cases.</p>
<p>Only a few prices have since moved upwards – with the biggest mover according to Liv-ex being Lafite-Rothschild, rising 16% since release to just under £7,000 on the UK market, no doubt helped by the special label that celebrates the 150th anniversary since the property was bought by Baron James de Rothschild in 1868.</p>
<p>Liv-ex also records Calon-Ségur as moving up 3.4% (now at just under £800), and Vieux Château Certan up 2.7% (at £2,700). The Liv-ex charts shows both Beychevelle and Pontet unchanged, and drops for, among others, Smith Haut Lafitte, Mouton and Grand Puy Lacoste.</p>
<h3>2018 v 2019</h3>
<p>On my tastings here, Mouton Rothschild should be able to recoup that loss over the long-term, as it is a wine that more than delivers on the promise of long-ageing and quality – even though its 2019 was priced so well that it is bound to impact on the desirability of the 2018 for at least the next few years. Bear in mind also that the value of the pound has dropped further this year, impacting on relative affordability.</p>
<p>The majority of labels have stayed at or around their release price. They have not been helped by the fact that the 2019 vintage is a little more consistent, and has been priced more attractively due to the pressures of the market at the time of their release (seeing average prices 19% lower than 2018, with a few headline exceptions such as Mouton Rothschild and Pontet Canet that released a full 30% below their 2018 prices).</p>
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<p>The market expects the 2018s to hold their value, but there is no expectation that they are going to fire up anytime soon.</p>
<p>Prices going forward also depend on the release prices of the 2020 vintage. If the market has not recovered by then – and it seems unlikely to have done so – then 2018 might start to look expensive in comparison to two competitively-priced vintages.</p>
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At their best, 2018 Bordeaux is concentrated, opulently textured, full-bodied and express a beautiful purity of fruit. Here, our Bordeaux Buyer Max Lalondrelle has chosen his five top-value wines of Bordeaux 2018 2018 Château Lafon-Rochet, St Estèphe Basile Tesseron is usually quite self-effacing, but he cannot hide the pleasure in his 2018. The largest appellation (AOC; Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) in France, Bordeaux produces more than 660 million bottles of wine every year, including many of the priciest wines in the world. Pauillac wins out overall, with an average score of 976 (vs. 974 in Saint-Émilion). After the flurry of big name releases during this year's en primeur campaign, it's time to look to the category of great quality wines at good-value prices. Will it come down to price? Look out for more tasting notes and reports on individual appellations throughout the week. She also called it a ‘vintage of two distinct halves’, referring to wet and humid conditions early in the season and the subsequent dry, warm and sunny weather that ran from July right through until October in many areas. A particularly useful exercise, where the atypical conditions that were highlighted in our en primeur report have resulted in some issues over ageing. Château Moulis, Moulis 2018 Gold, 96 points Warm and meaty, with a note reminiscent of pounded raw steak alongside gruff elderberry, black cherry and cassis. Many wine lovers consider the wines of the Left Bank to be text book examples of what Bordeaux does best, especially when the wines age and take on notes of tobacco, cigar … Overall, the good weather and wide harvest window have enabled several châteaux to produce excellent wines, said Anson. 2018 Ausone “Full-bodied, rich, decadent and tightly knit, it offers layer upon layer of fruit, spice and mineral nuances with a firm frame of exquisitely fine tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and heart-stopping beauty.” See our 50 best wines of 2019 here. (And also check out The Best Spirits And Cocktails For 2018). The following 25 wines scored 97 points or above. Jane Anson has tasted her way through en primeur samples of 600 Bordeaux 2018 wines to help Decanter Premium members understand more about this young vintage. The 2018 futures campaign is winding down, with top estates Cheval-Blanc, Figeac and Vieux Château Certan all releasing in recent days. ‘It’s a very good vintage – maybe even great – albeit a little atypical for some appellations,’ said Jane Anson in her in-depth Bordeaux 2018 vintage overview. 94-96 2016 or 2018? Spain — Caleb Ganzer, Head Sommelier at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels "In 2018 I hope to … All three estates raised prices this year. “I think it's a very sure thing,” says Nick Jackson, Master of Wine and director at Vintage Variation, a private wine advisor, who also considers Lafite to be the best Bordeaux of 2018. Vinfolio offers some of the best Bordeaux futures in our en primeur shop. Bordeaux. Château de Fargues 2018 Barrel Sample (Sauternes); 95–97 points. However, it is the opulence, concentration, depth, sensuality and freshness that provides the uniqueness of character that gives 2018 Bordeaux its signature personality. Below are her top scoring wines of the vintage. 2019 La Mission Haut-Brion – “The full-bodied palate is densely laden with layers of black fruit, earth and floral-laced flavors, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins and compelling freshness…. Both halves produced their challenges, with battles against mildew – and some hail – in the first half of the year, followed by concerns around heavily concentrated fruit in the autumn. He likes to age his wine on their lees in barrel and for that you need perfect, healthy skins, which 2018 delivered. Jane Anson January 6, 2021. Credit: Per Karlsson - BKWine.com / Alamy Stock Photo. These are breathtaking wines that shows an incredible depth of fruit and complexity as well as great structure and richness. Indeed, director Nicolas Audebert said that his “best vat” from the 2018 vintage was Merlot. This is still a highly successful vintage for red Bordeaux, but there are hesitations over certain wines, and I am revising down my overall rating for the vintage to 4, not 4.5, out of 5 for the reds (although the rating remains unchanged at 4.5 for the Right Bank in the regional breakdowns). The nuanced palate, polished tannins and freshness on the finish make this one of the best wines in terms of price/quality ratios in 2018. But in the end, between châteaux visits and home deliveries, I tasted around double the number of wines as for last year’s 2017 in bottle report; close to 600 labels in total. But while they're higher than the 2017s, Cheval-Blanc and Vieux Château Certan's prices are comparable to … One Bordeaux wine trader expects “massive scores” from influential American wine writers, and some bloggers are already echoing winemakers – who need to sell wines – in talking up 2018 as “the best vintage ever”. 2018 Bordeaux perfect wines I already gave perfect, 100-point scores to three wines: Lafleur, Pétrus and Mouton-Rothschild. Top Ten 2018 Bordeaux Wines There are plenty of stunning wines at all price levels in 2018. 2018 Bordeaux Vintage and Harvest report with detailed information on the growing season and harvest, as well as info on the style and quality of the wines We can tailor a package of golf, wine and gastronomy to tie in with any of them – just say the word. Jane Anson does not give out 100-point scores at en primeur stage, but top wines all scored 98-100 (shown as 99 points), and will be assessed again when bottled, towards the end of 2020. Red Bordeaux is usually a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and sometimes very tiny amounts of Malbec, Carménère, and Petite Verdot. After tasting more than 550 Bordeaux wines from the 2018 vintage now that they've been bottled, Jane Anson says it is a highly successful vintage with notable highpoints particularly from Pauillac, Margaux and St-Emilion. After tasting more than 550 Bordeaux wines from the 2018 vintage now that they've been bottled, Jane Anson says it is a highly successful vintage with notable highpoints particularly from Pauillac, Margaux and St-Emilion. With Bordeaux, it is not simply the end-result wines that others want to emulate but the entire Bordeaux system of volume, price and prestige all at the same time. Visit Bordeaux in 2018, wonderful food and world-famous wine, here are some of the great festivals and events taking place in Bordeaux and across south-west France in the coming months. Initial reports from the army of critics in Bordeaux pulse with superlatives. Great concentration and power are the epitome of Sauternes, and this hits the nail on the head. As with the en primeur tastings earlier in the year, the 2018 in bottle assessment coincided with a lockdown in France where travelling became complicated. Be from Bordeaux 2018. This is already a prodigious wine of indisputable beauty.”. ‘However, it’s not consistent enough to be a true five-star year, so you still have to exercise some caution over buying choices,’ she said. Best Bordeaux 2019 wines: Best value reds. The wine blends 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. For the whites and the sweets, my vintage rating stays the same, 3.5 for dry whites and 3 for Sauternes. Concentrated, dark, plunging black fruits are carried by lively acidity which keeps it driving and long. The wines are mouth-filling, offering weight and density. Proving the potential for high quality across both banks in Bordeaux 2018, the next highest appellations are Pauillac and Saint-Émilion with 5 wines appearing in the top 25 apiece. 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