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2018 Bordeaux Futures

Here we go again. I just got off the phone with my supplier in Bordeaux who attended the barrel tasting a few weeks ago. 2018 is looking to be a collectible vintage
The first six months of 2018 were generally sodden with rain, while August, September and most of October turned gloriously sunny. But the combination of heat together with rain in July resulted in mildew, causing a reduction in yields of 10% to 20% in some vineyards. Fortunately, conditions improved when drier weather from mid-July through September arrived. During an October harvest lunch at Château Angelus in Saint-Émilion, owner Hubert de Boüard de Laforest and his nephew Thierry Grenié de Boüard mentioned the presence of mildew in the region in conversation, but classified it as having negligible impact and expressed optimism for an exceptional vintage.
Fortunately, Saint-Émilion missed a brief and merciless bout of weather this year.
In late May a brief 15 minute hailstorm moved northward along a narrow corridor from the city of Bordeaux over a portion of the Médoc and Entre Deux Mers, across the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, then over a slice of the Côtes de Bourg and Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellations. According to The Drinks Business, some 8,400 acres were damaged, mostly in Bourg and Blaye. The localized damage did not impact the majority of Bordeaux grapes.
This year good production is expected. Wine makers are really excited and I think it’s going to be a great vintage. Precautions weer taken to avoid disease, and the timing of rain was perfect.
The word through the grapevine is that the quality of the 2018 Bordeaux vintage could exceed that of 2015 and 2016, and match that of 2009 and 2010. Time, as always, will tell.

2018 Bordeaux Futures Arrive in 2021
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*2018 Chateau Malescot St Exupery Margaux
$59.95btl/$359.70 per case of six OWC
(James Suckling 97-98-Wine Advocate 94-96)

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Malescot St. Exupery comes prancing out of the glass with flamboyant raspberry coulis, kirsch and redcurrant jelly scents over a fresh blackcurrant and boysenberry core with wafts of red roses, cinnamon stick and forest floor. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, the palate delivers stacks of red fruit, cassis and floral layers with a firm, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Just lovely.


*2018 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac Leognan
$99.99btl/$599.94 per case of six OWC
(Decanter 98)

The march of Carmes Haut-Brion continues in 2018. Once again it stands out for a number of reasons: not least because of its high amount of Cabernet Franc, and also because it is made with 53% whole-bunch fermentation – a brave choice by winemaker Guillaume Poutier and one that pays off hugely in terms of balance and lean muscular build. Even without knowing any of the story behind the bottle, you would be hard-pressed to pass this wine by. It has obvious intensity but as you sit with it the softness and approachability of the tannins becomes apparent, helped by the inviting floral edge to the nose, adding peony and violet lift. The black fruits running through the palate are tight but silky and seductive – this has a higher Cab count than usual because the Merlots were more affected by the challenges of the vintage. The palate pulses, switching between richness and delicacy, feeling expertly handled. You get the feeling that you can relax – they’ve got everything covered! It will inevitably close down in a few years, but until then you could almost go for it with a good carafe.


*2018 Chateay Meyney St Estephe
$29.99btl/$359.88 per case OWC
(James Suckling 95-96-Decanter 94)

A very dense yet tight and focused red with blackcurrants, blackberries and hints of spices and walnuts. Full-bodied, very compact and long. Intense finish.


*2018 Chateau Fombrauge St Emilion
$29.50btl/$354.00 per case OWC
(James Suckling 93-94-Wine Advocate 92-94)

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Fombrauge gives up expressive scents of Black Forest cake, blackberry compote and Morello cherries with touches of plum preserves, spice box and potpourri. Full-bodied with a firm, velvety texture and plenty of freshness, all that rich, black fruit delivers a long, spice-sparked finish.