Bordeaux 2018 En Primeur

Having been in Bordeaux in the first week of April to taste the new vintage, we are delighted to report that 2018 is a VERY GOOD to OUTSTANDING vintage. Whilst not perhaps as homogenous as some of the really great recent vintages, the better wines are at least their equals in terms of ripeness, power and potential longevity.

2018 was a ‘game of two halves’, the first of which had record amounts of rain leading to severe problems with mildew at many properties. While this drastically reduced the crop the unaffected grapes were perfectly healthy, and on the day (coincidentally?) that France won the world cup the weather changed and the region experienced a long and glorious summer with above average temperatures. In many places drought conditions resulted in thick-skinned, tiny berries, that further reduced the yield. Across the piece production was approximately 30% below average but the quality of the vintage had been transformed from disaster to potential triumph.

In 2018 great wines are to be found in all areas and communes across Bordeaux. On the Left Bank we found the quality to be most consistent in the northern Médoc, particularly in Pauillac and St Estèphe, with a number of great wines in St Julien, and a few further south in Margaux. On the Right Bank the properties in and around the Pomerol plain made exceptional wines, as did many of the top châteaux on the côtes of  Saint Emilion. The low yields in 2018 have resulted in big powerful wines with concentrated fruit and strong tannins. In addition, crucially, the early season rainfall and cool summer nights have given the wines wonderful fresh acidities. They are hard to compare with those of previous vintages, but for us, if anything, the best have a combination of the depth and richness of the 2010s and the silky fresh tannins of the 2016s.

Whilst we do admit to having slight reservations about the heterogeneity of the vintage, critic James Suckling is unequivocal when he writes: Most people agree that it is a great year and can be compared in quality to recent excellent years such as 2016 and 2015. I think it could turn out to be an all-time great, similar to 2010, 2009 and 1989 or even such classics as 1982 or 1959.”

Please e-mail your advance expressions of interest for particular wines, or the vintage in general to sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk.  

You can read a report on the 2018 growing season on our blog here.

 

RELEASE OFFERS

You can view all our release offers (in date order) below, along with a full list of wines offered, in alphabetical order.

 

2018 Château Beaumont (17.04.19)

2018 Château Angélus (16.04.19)

2018 Château Angludet (23.04.19)

2018 Châteaux Saintayme, La Chenade, Les Cruzelles & Montlandrie from Denis Durantou (24.04.19)

2018 Château Fonbel (24.04.19)

2018 Châteaux Laroque & Labégorce (25.04.19)

2018 Château Potensac (26.04.19)

2018 Châteaux Langoa-Barton & Branaire-Ducru (29.04.19)

2018 Château Capbern (29.04.19)

2018 Château Villa Bel-Air: "Great value from the Graves"

2018 Châteaux Gazin & Clinet: Pomerol's "signature year"

2018 Chateau Ormes de Pez (03.05.19)

2018 Châteaux Beychevelle, Pavie Macquin, Malescot St Exupery & Marquis de Calon (07.05.19) 

2018 Château Haut Batailley & Meyney (07.05.19)

2018 Châteaux Beauséjour-Bécot, Rauzan-Gassies & Pape Clemént

2018 Château Duhart-Milon and Larcis Ducasse

2018 Château Les Gravieres, St-Emilion Grand Cru: £165 IB, 94-96 pts The Wine Advocat (16.05.19)

2018 Châteaux Pavie Decesse (97-100 points) Lagrange & Rouget

2018 Chateaux Leoville-Barton & Grand Puy Lacoste

 

FULL LIST OF WINES OFFERED TO DATE BELOW

 

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Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised.  DP = duty-paid ex-London.  IB = under bond ex-London.

Red 2018 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £670 per case of 12 IB
Lots of perfumed violets and delicate spice on the nose, dark cassis fruit and f... Read more
Lots of perfumed violets and delicate spice on the nose, dark cassis fruit and fresh acidity. Very focused on the palate, with the intense, firm tannins giving way to fruit on the finish. Plenty of evidence of elegance and freshness, GPL seems to be moving towards a more restrained style, based on the evidence of this year. RKL "This is a deep and beautiful 2018 with blackcurrant, wet-earth and fresh-tobacco undertones. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Gorgeous finish. The tannins kick in at the end. Fine texture. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com "Another success from Grand-Puy-Lacoste – it’s bright and full of juice, prioritising vibrancy over power. As such, it has a touch less Pauillac typicity than in the absolutely brilliant 2016 vintage at this estate, although as it unfurls through the palate you do get the menthol, cassis and smoked cedar that is just such a beautiful sign of ripe Cabernet up in this corner of the world. They were extremely careful with extraction because of the high alcohols, so grapes underwent the shortest maceration to date with no pumping over just an infusion during the extraction process. Drinking Window 2026-2040. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "A wine of precision, energy and nuance, the 2018 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fabulous. Freshly cut flowers, mint and sweet red berry fruit grace this exquisite, nuanced Pauillac. Medium in body, understated and classy, Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the highlights of the year. In a word: impeccable. The 2018 is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot from yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Close
Red 2018 Château Gruaud Larose 75cl £660 per case of 12 IB
Not so full-bodied as some other wines from this commune at the same level, clas... Read more
Not so full-bodied as some other wines from this commune at the same level, classical and exact, with fresh acidity emphasizing hedgerow and red fruits and some cedar notes. Suspect there is more generous black fruit here waiting to reveal itself with some time in bottle. RKL "This is good quality, not exactly generous but clearly carefully extracted - they kept the simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations to between 24°C and 26°C. It's packed full of flavour, with real precision to the fruit. Bramble and hedgerow scents suggest a firm acidity and a structure that's built to last, while still being appetising and full of pleasure. As it opens in the glass, liquorice and dark chocolate come to the fore. A wine that will age well without question. 85% new oak. Drinking Window 2027-2040. 94 points". Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This is really generous and rolls off the tongue with ripe and velvety tannins and a fresh undertone. Full-bodied, firm and silky. Extremely long and flavorful. Very complex already. 95-96 points". Jamessuckling.com "The 2018 Gruaud Larose is blended of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, with a pH of 3.88 and 14.2% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with bold black cherries, mulberries, plum preserves and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of menthol, lilacs, licorice and cloves plus wafts of fallen leaves and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied with a taut core of ripe, densely packed, muscular fruit, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Very exotic Gruaud! 95-97 points". Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Haut Bages Libéral 75cl £365 per case of 12 IB
Tremendous intensity, quite hard on initial tasting but returning to it the dept... Read more
Tremendous intensity, quite hard on initial tasting but returning to it the depth of fruit becomes apparent, hedgerow freshness to the fruit suggesting another property which has succeeded in making a fresh, lively wine in this vintage. RKL. "A more unfussy than slick wine, less sumptuous than some as is often the case with this estate, but as you sit with it you start to realise there’s real quality here. It has a juiciness and integrity to the cassis and bilberry fruit, alongside brambles and hedgerows, with chewy tannins that build slowly through the palate providing a welcoming cushion of support. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. 92 points." Jane Anson, Decanter.com April 2019. "A fantastic wine with lovely depth of ripe fruit and transparency and beauty. Full bodied. Succulent and rich tannins to the gorgeous fruit. From biodynamically grown grapes. 96-97 points." James Suckling, jamessuckling.com April 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Haut Batailley 75cl £520 per case of 12 IB
"Dark and pure on the nose just a touch stony/smoky to add finesse to the fruit.... Read more
"Dark and pure on the nose just a touch stony/smoky to add finesse to the fruit. Oak is quite evident on the palate but there's fruit to fill it out. Less aromatic than the second wine (new name: Verso) but there's still a restraint and subtlety in a powerful vintage. Long on the finish yet the persistence is gentle. Fine-grained tannin texture. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH) "This is a lovely wine from the second vintage under Lynch Bages’ ownership, full of power and poise and controlled precision. It has a slightly unusual blend owing to a greater proportion of Merlot than has been used in previous vintages, but it doesn't suffer in terms of concentration due to the thick skins and structure of the Merlots in 2018, and what you get instead is a creamy, velvety texture through the mid palate. It has lots of tannins but they have the enrobed quality that comes from the higher than usual alcohols, and are extremely seductive. It’s more lightly framed than the Lynch Bages, as it was in 2017, and is enjoyable. 3.61pH. 81IPT. Drinking Window 2024-2036 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "Blended of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot aging in 60% new barriques, the 2018 Haut Batailley is very deep purple-black in color and takes some coaxing to reveal profound notes of dark chocolate, crème de cassis, blueberry pie and anise with waves of raspberry pie, lavender and Indian spices. Full, very tightly would and jam-packed with layers of crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with a mineral hint coming through. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "I can’t remember a Haut-Batailley this tannic, yet the tannins are savory and very ripe with beauty and purity. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a long and intense finish. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com "The grand vin 2018 Château Haut-Batailley is a beauty and is comprised of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot brought up in 60% new French oak. It's an attractive, elegantly styled wine that has lots of juicy Merlot notes of black cherries, graphite, scorched earth, and spice. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and with terrific purity on the palate, this brilliant Pauillac is going to be approachable in just a few years and will evolve gracefully. This wine hit 14.3% alcohol with 3.61 pH and an IPT of 81. My money is on it being one of the best to date from this estate. 93-95+ points" Jebdunnuck.com Close
Red 2018 Château Haut Brisson 75cl £220 per case of 12 IB
"This is a very powerful and structured Haut-Brisson, showing incredible depth a... Read more
"This is a very powerful and structured Haut-Brisson, showing incredible depth and richness. Full-bodied and layered with incredible depth and purity. Layers of fruit and tannin. Best ever. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château La Chenade 75cl £145 per case of 12 IB
Seemingly riper on the nose with lovely, leafy Cab Franc notes in evidence. Swee... Read more
Seemingly riper on the nose with lovely, leafy Cab Franc notes in evidence. Sweeter on entry than the Saintayme with delicious red fruit flavours combining with the darker, plummy fruits. Elegant and very long. RKL "This is super fresh and juicy - an easy wine to recommend. It’s full of well-ripened autumnal fruits and is in fact pretty concentrated in terms of flavours – a wine that shows just how fully the grapes ripened on gravel soils in 2018 and yet maintains its floral aromatics and sense of easy elegance. 30% new oak was used. A yield of 40hl/ha. Drinking Window 2024-2038. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This is really delicious and fresh with lovely dark berries and purity at the same time. Medium body, fine tannins and a lovely finish. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Labegorce 75cl £255 per case of 12 IB
Deep, dark black cassis and blueberry fruits on the nose which are confirmed on ... Read more
Deep, dark black cassis and blueberry fruits on the nose which are confirmed on the palate, open and approachable but with a structure which seems pleasingly classical, powerful tannins and already beginning to show signs of integrated cedary oak influence. RKL "2018 is the first year for eight vintages that this wine is back to being 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, after replantings have come on line. That helps, perhaps, with the lift it shows even in this extremely concentrated year. It's a lovely Labégorce, with some bouncy, chewy tannins alongside blue and bramble fruits and some spice. As it opens up, a more floral character comes out. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter April 2019 "This is a plump and rich Labégorce with a full body, juicy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Lots of pure and intense fruit. 93-94 points." James Suckling, jamessuckling.com April 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Lafon Rochet 75cl £384 per case of 12 IB
Lots of freshness, energy and life here. Supple and forward, the blackcurrant a... Read more
Lots of freshness, energy and life here. Supple and forward, the blackcurrant and cassis fruit is very accessible, but under-pinned by a great structure. RKL "I presume Basile Tesseron is feeling pretty relieved that he decided not to continue with organics in February 2018, as the ability to be more flexible with treatments proved pretty important during the rest of the season. The result is very good, full of juice and life, with crunchy blackberry and cassis fruits that are up there in expression with the 2016. It has clear quality, but is also pretty austere, with good slate minerality and touches of hedgerow. It feels like a wine with good life ahead and something to say. 4% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. Harvested 24 September to 11 October. 3.7pH. Drinking Window 2026 - 2038. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019 A wine of lovely finesse the 2018 Lafon-Rochet offers a striking combination of fruit density and nuance, all in an understated style that is quite appealing. Dark cherry, sweet tobacco, menthol, dried flowers and mint all run through this silky, supple Saint-Estèphe. As always, Lafon-Rochet is one of the more laid back, elegant wines of the appellation. Even so, the 2018 has lovely mid-palate sweetness and silky tannins, both of which add to its considerable appeal. The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Yields were a healthy 50 hectoliters per hectare, higher than the average, which is closer to 42-45. 92-95 points." Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Lagrange 75cl £420 per case of 12 IB
Dense on the nose but the dark black cassis fruit is evident, in massive concent... Read more
Dense on the nose but the dark black cassis fruit is evident, in massive concentration without giving the impression of being over-extracted. Lots of spicy intensity on the palate too, whilst still being balanced. A bit of a bruiser...in a good way. Given time this should be a very impressive Lagrange indeed. RKL "The 2018 Lagrange is off the charts. Bold, plush and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2018 possesses tremendous richness and textural intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, espresso, mint and licorice build in a racy, sumptuous Lagrange loaded with personality. The 2018 is one of the best recent vintages I have tasted. Tasted two times. 92-95 points." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com April "This rivals the 2016 for sure, although the sense of gravity is perhaps just a little less effortless as it was in that incredible vintage. It's closed in and tight on the nose with slightly reductive notes, but it opens up after a few minutes to reveal another good quality St-Julien. A serious wine, it has well structured walls and a moat around the cassis fruit. It's not quite at the level of 2010 but is halfway there, making you stop and think before its gentle power takes over. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter April 2019. Close
Red 2018 Château Langoa Barton 75cl £435 per case of 12 IB
Lovely ripeness evident on the nose here; rich entry to the palate with a delici... Read more
Lovely ripeness evident on the nose here; rich entry to the palate with a delicious chewy sweetness. The tannins are very firm and the overall sense is of balance but considerable power. RKL "There’s real freshness to the crushed-raspberry and blueberry character of this young red. Medium-to full-bodied and zingy with energetic tannins. Crisp finish. Lovely purity of fruit to this. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com "The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Langoa Barton is slightly shy at this nascent stage, revealing wonderfully pure, warm red and black currant scents with nuances of blueberry preserves, chocolate mint, smoked meat and a waft of bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and sporting a lot of vibrant, juicy fruit in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and a lively backbone lifting the fruit to a good, long finish. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Larcis Ducasse 75cl £594 per case of 12 IB
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larcis Ducasse features wonderfully expres... Read more
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larcis Ducasse features wonderfully expressive scents of baked black and red plums, kirsch, rose hip tea and cigar box with hints of pencil shavings, baked redcurrants and truffles plus a waft of licorice. Full-bodied and beautifully nuanced on the palate, it has layer upon layer of red and black fruit preserves with beautiful, velvety tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 96-98 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Laroque 75cl £210 per case of 12 IB
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Laroque is a little closed to begin, slowl... Read more
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Laroque is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant black cherries, wild blueberries and blackberry preserves scents with hints of crushed rocks, underbrush and violets plus a waft of Marmite toast. Full-bodied and jam-packed with bright, crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing very long and layered. Impressive! Being aged in oak barriques, 50% new, the blend is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 95-97 points." Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Léoville Barton 75cl £755 per case of 12 IB
Cassis and violets on the nose. Structured, muscular and weighty on the palate.... Read more
Cassis and violets on the nose. Structured, muscular and weighty on the palate. Very textural, tannins far more powerful but also more refined than anything so far in this flight with lots of mineral character. Restrained and elegant, fruit balanced by savoury notes, great concentration, likely very long-lived and will need some time in bottle before drinking. RKL. “The 2018 Léoville-Barton is fabulous. Graphite, gravel, crème de cassis, mint, violet, spice and exotic spices are some of the many notes that infuse this stunningly beautiful unctuous Saint-Julien. In 2018 Léoville-Barton has an extra dimension of volume and resonance, yet it never loses its super-classic mid-weight structure and regal bearing....93-96 points.” Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019 “Deep garnet-purple in color...simply sings of crushed black cherries, blackcurrant cordial and wild blueberries with touches of violets, dark chocolate, allspice and cardamom with a waft of stewed tea. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, the generous fruit has a solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and layered. 94-96 points.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019 “....While never the most showy or opulent, this team always fashions a fresh, focused, incredibly age-worthy wine, and the 2018 follows suit, revealing a vivid purple color, notes of crème de cassis, crushed violets, salty minerality, and lead pencil shaving-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and incredibly elegant on the palate, it has building tannins, flawless balance, and integrated acidity, all making for a wine that’s going to demand upwards of a decade of bottle age yet keep for 40 years or more. The tannin quality here is exceptional and this is a wine you won’t regret having in the cellar. 95-97+ points.” Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019 "They are just hitting it out of the park at Léoville Barton at the moment, keeping the relaxed and effortless feel of a great St-Julien but loading up on the complexity and concentration that lies behind it. You don't see all the mechanisms, but you know they are there. This is going to age exceptionally well, but there's a freshness and juiciness to the structure already that suggests it's going to be great fun to drink along the way. It has glass-staining extraction, with plenty of cassis, graphite and liquorice flavours - everything's turned up high...96 points." Jane Anson, Decanter April 2019 A stunner, showing a great degree of purity, with long flavors of cassis, plum and blackberry preserves, seamlessly integrated with the graphite structure. A very vivid, defined, precise wine. 96-99 points.” James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Les Cruzelles 75cl £210 per case of 12 IB
A big step up in richness and power here. A lovely entry with intense fruit spre... Read more
A big step up in richness and power here. A lovely entry with intense fruit spreading across the mid-palate and finishing very long. The tannins are so ripe and well-controlled this year. Delicious. RKL "This is produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet. The 2018 Les Cruzelles is blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc with 40% new oak and 14.5% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it features slightly reduced notions of asphalt and tires over a core of warm red and black plums, blackberry pie and boysenberries with hints of fruitcake, incense and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and packed with perfumed black fruit, it has a velvety texture and seamless freshness, finishing long. 91-93 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Lilian Ladouys 75cl £180 per case of 12 IB
Soft and mouth-filling on entry, full-bodied with lip-smacking dark fruit and a ... Read more
Soft and mouth-filling on entry, full-bodied with lip-smacking dark fruit and a long, fresh finish. This has the potential to be extremely good value for money. RKL "Taking into account the new purchases, Lilian Ladouys is planted as of 2018 to 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The colour is rich and red, not as concentrated as some. There's a real bounce and juiciness through the palate, but also a sense of restraint and austerity. It feels ripe but not overripe, and well held together. A relatively gentle, appetising wine with a floral touch, this will be ready to drink relatively soon. Drinking Window 2024-2036. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "A perennial over-achiever, the 2018 Château Lilian Ladouys doesn’t disappoint and offers classic notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, violets, and a touch of minerality. Made from 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot aging in 35% new French oak, this medium to full-bodied 2018 has beautiful purity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to be a brilliant value. 91-94 points" Jebdunnuck.com "Very pretty blueberries and light wet earth with minerals and lavender. Medium to full body and firm tannins. Lots of of stone character. This has almost 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon in the blend now (50 per cent more), which gives it real line and length. Racy. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Malescot St Exupery 75cl £490 per case of 12 IB
Such intense, dark black fruits on the nose and palate, and yet this manages sti... Read more
Such intense, dark black fruits on the nose and palate, and yet this manages still to be balanced and recognisably Margaux. If Malescot have gone all out for fruit this year it is entirely forgivable and has worked out brilliantly for them. RKL "The 2018 Malescot Saint Exupéry is fabulous. Powerful and explosive in the glass, and yet remarkably polished, the 2018 is impressive. Graphite, smoke, gravel, spice and leather infuse a potent, full-bodied Margaux built on structure. Even so, in this vintage, Malescot shows unusually supple tannins and a softer feel than is usually the case....93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "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. 94-96+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "A structured and muscular Malescot with blackberry and blackcurrant aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Big wine for this producer. 97-98 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Meyney 75cl £244 per case of 12 IB
This has the power of recent vintages but with an added meaty, savoury character... Read more
This has the power of recent vintages but with an added meaty, savoury character, serious in intent. No lack of freshness, plenty of energy and some mineral notes, with very fine tannic structure. RKL "The 2018 Meyney is powerful, dense and super-expressive. Gravel, game, scorched earth, smoke, licorice, incense and spice infuse this potent, virile Saint-Estèphe. The fruit profile and oak integration point to a transition towards a less extracted style. Even so, there is plenty of the richness readers have come to expect from Meyney. Tasted two times. 91-94 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "It's clear that this is hugely concentrated, as is the Montrose right next door, but there's also beautiful juice and freshness underneath the black fruits and the powerful grip. Tannins, acidity and fruit: it's all there. This is great quality and should be long-lived, with a rich palate, evenly balanced and austere in all the right places. Another good vintage at this increasingly impressive property. Drinking Window 2024-2040. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "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. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Montlandrie 75cl £174 per case of 12 IB
A broader structure with darker brambly notes. Lovely sweetness in the mid-palat... Read more
A broader structure with darker brambly notes. Lovely sweetness in the mid-palate and ripe albeit more noticeable tannins. A little less concentration than the Cruzelles. RKL "Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.5% alcohol and is currently aging in 40% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it features fragrant notes of lilacs, Morello cherries and blueberry compote over a core of plum preserves and woodsmoke plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate is richly fruited with black and blue fruits, lifted by earthy accents and lovely freshness, finishing long and velvety textured. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Ormes de Pez 75cl £250 per case of 12 IB
Cabernet Sauvignon 41% Merlot 50% Petit Verdot 2% and Cabernet Franc 7%. Bramble... Read more
Cabernet Sauvignon 41% Merlot 50% Petit Verdot 2% and Cabernet Franc 7%. Bramble fruit on the nose and palate, with the power here coming from a very fine structure, rather than any over-concentration. Savoury, herb and black tea notes on the nose too, then deep black fruits at the core on the palate, will develop beautifully. RKL "This has the luxurious kick of the Lynch Bages stable and is brilliant value for this level of quality. It seems to manage this every vintage and is just such a brilliant drinking wine. 2018 is another excellent year here, with deep fruitfulness of brambled hedgerow alongside liquorice and woodsmoke. It has a polyphenol index of 84IPT, so this is full of tannins but they don't feel overpowering. Tasted several times and always striking. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter, April 2019. "This is very dense and lively with blueberry and blackberry character. Lots of purple fruit at the end. Full body and powerful tannins. Spicy undertones with hints of black tea. 93-94 points." James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, April 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Pape Clement 75cl £794 per case of 12 IB
Lovely sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose, intense but fresh, fine chalky tann... Read more
Lovely sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose, intense but fresh, fine chalky tannins giiving lots of texture. Earthy minerality and some black tea notes too, complex and on the whole less heavy-handed than some older vintages from here. A very good benchmark for Pessac Leognan. RKL "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....95-97 points" Jebdunnuck.com "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Pape Clement is a little closed, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant earth, crushed rocks, iron ore and tobacco notions over a core of crushed red and black currants plus kirsch, red roses and Ceylon tea. Full-bodied and wonderfully vivacious, it offers a solid line of firm and fine-grained tannins and amazing freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. 96-98 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "This is a very driven Pape Clément with fantastic density and finesse at the same time. Linear and driven, the finish goes on for minutes with incredible tension and focus. More cabernet. Refinement with power. 97-98 points" winespectator.com Close

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