2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #6

Following the UK bank holiday on Monday we came back to three compelling releases on Tuesday. Troplong Mondot was released at well below the price of the excellent 2016 vintage, at a very reasonable £459 per 6. The stylistic choices the Chateau made in the 2018 vintage to focus on purity of fruit and freshness produced a stunning wine that warranted special attention. View Offer

Léoville Poyferré was a critics’ favourite in 2018 with potential 99 points from Jeb Dunnuck and Jeff Leve. From St Julien’s ideal Margaux-meets-Pauillac soils, this is an affordably generous, opulent, luxurious and high scoring 2018, and a consistent favourite for many. At £408 per 6, this was a solid bet and indeed flew off the metaphorical shelves – although quick orders could still be in with a chance at a case. View Offer

We then couldn’t resist the unique charms of St Emilion’s Chateau Trotte Vieille. The estate has some of the oldest vines in Bordeaux (average vine age of 50 years, with some parcels of over 150-year-old pre-phylloxera vines). Old vines do especially well in a vintage like 2018, as did Cabernet Franc, which Trotte Vieille has a high proportion of. Though often a high scorer, the 2018 really enchanted the critics, including James Suckling who scored it a massive 98-99 points. Knowing this is made in tiny quantities and quickly disappears upon release, we did not hesitate to recommend this wine to our customers. View Offer

Wednesday continued the St Emilion theme with iconic La Mondotte and Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere. With La Mondotte‘s low production (some of the lowest yields in Bordeaux from only 4.5 ha of vineyards) and immense quality (scoring up to 100 points), we thought this would sell out instantly, but in fact we are still able to offer a few cases – just don’t hesitate for too long as quantities are limited! View Offer

Still in St Emilion, Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse, on the other hand, was another instant success. With three potential 100 point scores, but at a more accessible price point, this hit a sweet spot, which unfortunately meant we sold out very quickly.  View Offer SOLD OUT

Chateau Lynch Bages, released on Wednesday to high anticipation, was always going to be popular. In a year of significantly reduced yield, we were oversubscribed from the start, and this classic Pauillac with sky high scores also proved to be an instant sell-out. View Offer SOLD OUT

Finally, before Bordeaux broke for its Thursday bank holiday, the release of Chateau Giscours was well-received. Awarded some of its highest scores ever, the 2018 from Margaux was much admired by the critics and proved an attractive price point on release. View Offer