2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #7

What a week! It saw all the First Growths on the Left Bank released with Chateau Margaux leading the way on Tuesday with a release price higher than their 2015 vintage but lower than their 2016 – in line with expectations. Demand outstripped supply very early on with more pre-orders for Margaux than any of the other First Growths. Chateaux Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Lafite all followed suit with no let-up in interest from our clients. The top Saint-Emilion Chateaux, including Cheval Blanc, Figeac and Ausone, also released this week leaving just a handful of Pomerols – Vieux Chateau Certain, Petrus and Le Pin left to come out before this 2018 En Primeur campaign comes to a close.

Although Chateau Margaux has now sold out, we do still have small quantities of the remaining First Growths still available for purchase:

Chateau Lafite produced a stunning wine in 2018. We couldn’t agree more with the Lisa Perrotti-Brown of the Wine Advocate’s comment, stating “If this wine doesn’t get Bordeaux lovers hearts’ racing, nothing will” and awarding it a potential perfect 100 points. It is undoubtedly a modern day classic and will be talked about over decades to come. View Offer

Chateau Mouton Rothschild was a fair equal to Chateau Lafite this year, with an exceptional tannin profile and faultless structure. It is a real ‘wow’ wine and one that left James Suckling almost speechless: “I have not seen such earthy and totally deep character of the soil in a young Mouton in my career.” He awarded it an instant 100 points (one of only two wines he awarded a flat 100 points, the other being Petrus). View Offer

Chateau Ausone was a real star of the 2018 vintage, with the highest joint aggregate score of all the Chateaux, sharing the top spot with Petrus. With tiny production levels in comparison to the other leading Saint-Emilion properties, this a wine worthy of any fine wine lover’s attention. It simply doesn’t get better than this. View Offer

The other two big hitters from Saint-Emilion, Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Figeac, ended a massive week of releases. It was a very memorable day tasting these three Saint-Emilion wines back-to-back in April, and experiencing the range of flavours, character and tannin structure, that make you realise the amazing variety in the appellation. When the vintage is good and the vinification handled deftly, this is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world.

Cheval Blanc is both incredibly elegant whilst retaining fantastic density at its core. Antonio Galloni described it as “dazzling… a truly unforgettable Cheval Blanc” and awarded it a potential maximum 100 points. View Offer

Chateau Figeac, with its Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend unique in Saint Emilion, left the Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown stating: “The signature of this wine is so clear, so defined, that this is a Bordeaux wine without peers. In my view, this is the finest Figeac ever produced”. We can’t disagree. View Offer