2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #4

Another busy week in Bordeaux with some major releases stirring huge interest from around the world. Chateau Pavie Macquin was one of the top picks in Saint-Emilion in terms of quality and price and the wine unsurprisingly sold out very quickly. Le Dome was another Saint-Emilion hit in 2018 and again its fair pricing combined with huge critic approval saw record sales for this wine. On the Left Bank, two wines that instantly sold out were two of the most popular and most improved Chateaux in the whole of Bordeaux – Chateau Calon Segur and Chateau Carmes de Haut-Brion. We did our best to allocate as fairly as possible, but these were two wines in which demand very much outstripped supply.

Chateau Pape Clement was another big release this week and in 2018 the estate produced a wine that beautifully combines the identity of the vintage and the new level of precision and restraint in Bordeaux when it comes to extraction. The Pape Clement 2018 Rouge is easily the best wine they have produced in recent vintages.

Chateau Beychevelle from Saint-Julien was also a big hit. In contrast, Chateau Malescot St Exupery in Margaux did not see the uptake we would expect, considering the quality coming out of Margaux in 2018, combined with the highest scores the Chateau has received. For those that may have missed it in all the flurry of releases, this could be a smart buy with some cases still available.

Have a look at our top recommended releases below that are still available:

 

Medoc

Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac Leognan – A wonderful wine in 2018 showing all the best characteristics of the vintage. View Offer.

Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery, Margaux – Huge scoring, well priced Margaux made in a rich, ripe style. Best critics scores ever in 2018. View Offer.

Chateau Beychevelle, Saint Julien – An ever improving consistent Saint Julien Classed Growth produced one of its biggest wines  made at the property. View Offer.

Chateau Potensac – The best wine made at the sister winery to Chateau Leoville Las Cases from the Medoc. View Offer.

Chateau Calon Segur – Saint Estephe – Undoubtedbly one of the wines of the vintage in this hugelyimproving yet well pricied St. Estephe. View offer. SOLD OUT

Chateau Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan – The masters of experimentation with whole bunch and amphoras adding nuances to a stunning 2018. View offer. SOLD OUT

Clos du Marquis, Saint Julien – A neighbouring plot to Leoville Las Cases made at Leoville Las Cases, this is a stunning wine made by arguably the best wine making team in the whole of the Medoc. View Offer. SOLD OUT

 

Saint Emilion

Chateau Beau Sejour Becot – A top performing Saint-Emilion in 2018 at a remarkable price for the quality on offer. View Offer.

Chateau Valandraud – Huge wine but beautifully pure fruit and balanced. View Offer.

Chateau Sansonnet – Rave reviews from this tiny property producing high quality Saint-Emilion at a fantastic price. View Offer.

Chateau Pavie Macquin – Fantastic wine in 2018 offering top quality for the price. Highly recommended. View Offer. SOLD OUT

Chateau Angelus – The biggest release of the campaign with a potential 100 point wine, it has been the most popular choice of the campaign so far. View Offer. SOLD OUT

Chateau Laroque – Huge interest unsurprisingly from this little-known Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe that garnered a huge 95-97 points from Wine Advocate in 2018. View Offer. SOLD OUT

Chateau Tour Saint Christophe – Fantastic property, top terroir and a top recommendation for Saint Emilion. View Offer. SOLD OUT

 

Pomerol

Chateau Gazin – A traditional estate with some top terroir, neighbouring Petrus produced a beautiful 2018. View Offer.

Chateau Belle-Brise – An F+R exclusive from this little gem of a vineyard in Pomerol. Allocations are always limited from this tiny property. View Offer.

Chateau Clinet – Huge interest in this top Pomerol estate competitively priced.. View Offer. SOLD OUT

Chateau Tour Maillet – Very rare to find an affordable wine in Pomerol, let alone one of this standard. Great value-buy. View Offer. SOLD OUT