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.
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2018 Bordeaux Futures Arrive in 2021
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Must Have Wines from Palmer, Pape Clement & Duhart Milon.
Don’t Miss the always over performing Gloria
*2018 Chateau Palmer Margaux
$345.00btl/$2070.00 per case of six OWC
(Robert Parker : 97-99 )
(Wine Spectator : 97-100)
The 2018 Palmer is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Grapes were harvested September 13 to October 15, and the wine has a 3.83 pH and 14.3% alcohol. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little reticent to begin, but with coaxing, it slowly emerges to show fragrant violets, underbrush, mossy bark and iron ore with exponentially growing notions of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, plum preserves, hoisin, Christmas cake and red roses with wafts of dusty earth, Indian spices and cracked black pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright powerful in the mouth, it has a solid structure of firm, wonderfully plush tannins and masses of fragrant accents, finishing very long and very spicy. By the time I finished tasting this, the nose had exploded in this fragrant bomb of fruit, earth and floral notions. This is one of those 2018 wines that has a beguiling brightness that comes from the many floral, spice and mineral accents among all that rich fruit. WOW!
*2018 Chateau Pape Clement Rouge Pessac Leognan
$94.95btl/$569.70 per case of six OWC
James Suckling 97-98
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 96-98
Wine Spectator 95-98
Jeb Dunnuck 95-97
From Bernard Magrez’s flagship estate, the 2018 Château Pape Clément checks in as a tentative blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that will spend 18 months in 60% new French oak. This ripe, full-bodied, opulent beauty knocks it out of the park and boasts a saturated purple color to go with a monster bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of smoked earth, graphite, spicy oak, and spring flowers. Possessing ripe, silky tannins (and plenty of them), remarkable purity of fruit, a stacked mid-palate, and a great, great finish, it ranks in the top tier in the vintage, and despite having the fruit to drink nicely in its youth, it’s going to age effortlessly. It might very well be the finest wine from this estate in the past decade or more. (5/2019)
*2018 Chateau Duhart Milon Pauillac
$79.99btl/$479.94 per case of six OWC
James Suckling 95-96
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 93-95
The 2018 Duhart-Milon is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, with the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested September 25 to October 4 and the Merlot harvested September 17-25, and it has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of Black Forest cake, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of spice cake, woodsmoke, potpourri and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, rich and laden with layers of black fruit preserves and spices, it has a velvety texture and just enough freshness, finishing long. Very impressive–the densest, most opulent Duhart I have tasted! (LPB) (4/2019)
*2018 Chateau Gloria St Julien
$41.50btl/$498.00 per case
Parker : 92-94
Wine Spectator : 93-96
The 2018 Gloria is deep garnet-purple colored and gives up expressive notions of warm red and black currants, black cherries and boysenberries with hints of spice cake, cedar chest, pencil lead and menthol. Full-bodied with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins, it has a lively line cutting through the dense, savory layers, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The blend is currently 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated aging is for 14 months in oak barriques, 40% new.