2018 Bordeaux Futures


A rainy Spring that carried into early July got the season off to a slow start, but the exceptional late Summer heat that carried into the Fall allowed for a later than usual October harvest. That meant Bordeaux winemakers were able to “pick the grapes when they wanted”, not when the weather dictated. If we go by the adage “June makes the quantity, August makes the style, and September makes the quality”, then October made 2018 exceptional. But don’t take our word for it – listen to what the experts have to say about this historic vintage:

“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.” – James Suckling

“First and foremost, Bordeaux has another incredible vintage on their hands with 2018. Following the opulent 2015s and the pure class of the 2016s, the 2018s resemble a hypothetical mix of a sunny, dry year such as 2009 or 2015 mixed with a cooler, more classic year such as 2010 or 2016.” – Jeb Dunnuck

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La-Fleur-Petrus-Pomerol-2018

La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, 2018

“Composed of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 la Fleur-Petrus has a medium garnet-purple color and opens softly and quietly with perfumed nuances of violets, potpourri, underbrush and garrigue with a core of warm plums, blueberry compote and raspberry pie plus touches of smoked meats and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, the palate is charged with wonderfully energetic red and black fruits, framed by fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing beautifully fragrant.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (94-96 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6590
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: La Fleur Petrus
Leoville-las-Cases-StJulien-2018

Leoville las Cases, St.Julien, 2018

“OMG. This shows amazing depth of fruit and density. Full-bodied and so layered with incredible fruit and power. Blackberries. Blueberries. Violets. Hints of dried flowers. Fantastic fruit and tannins, yet agile and energetic. The château says 2016 plus, plus.”
– James Suckling (99-100 points)

““We produced great Cabernet Franc this year,” Directeur Général Pierre Graffeuille told me during my visit to Léoville Las Cases. Even though only 3% of the press wine was added back, he was also absolutely glowing about the quality of this too. And he should be—the finished blend for the 2018 Léoville Las Cases is yet another triumph for this great estate. Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot, harvested September 15 to October 4 with yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, it has 14.49% alcohol and will be aged in barriques, 90% new. Very deep purple-black in color, it is a little closed to begin, slowly emerging from the glass to reveal subtle woodsmoke, violets, tilled soil and underbrush scents over a core of warm cassis, wild blueberries and redcurrant jelly plus hints of rare beef and iron ore. Full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and bursting with latent energy, this is an atomic bomb waiting to go off in your mouth. It has a rock-solid foundation of firm, very ripe, very finely grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit through the epically long, amazingly nuanced finish. Simply breathtaking.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (98-100 points)
April 2019

“A candidate for the wine of the vintage is the 2018 Léoville Las Cases. My notes on this incredible wine are laced with expletives that I, unfortunately, can’t repeat here. Safe to say, however, it’s one of the greatest young Bordeaux I’ve been lucky enough to taste. Based on a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc, from yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, that will spend 19 months in barrel, it offers a massive bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, crushed violets, tobacco, and a liquid rock-like minerality. Pure magic on the palate as well, with full-bodied richness, building structure, and a seamless, weightless, yet powerful mouthfeel, it has everything you could want from a wine. It has the purity and balance to drink well in 7-8 years (I wouldn’t hold it against you if couldn’t wait that long) and will keep for 50 years or more.”
– Jeb Dunnuck (98-100 points)

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6540
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Leoville las Cases
Beychevelle-St-Julien-2018

Beychevelle, St. Julien, 2018

“Showing beautifully both times I was able to taste it, the 2018 Château Beychevelle checks in as a blend of 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that’s aging in 60% new French oak. This ultra-pure, refined, gorgeously layered Beychevelle offers terrific notes of black cherries, blackberries, cassis, violets, and damp earth. Deep, concentrated, and layered on the palate, it has a thrilling sense of purity and elegance as well as building structure. This is the third vintage vinified in the new cellar, and the 2018 represents a selection of 50% of the total production. It hit 14.5% alcohol with a healthy pH of 3.74 and a massive IPT of 81. Hats off to director Romain Ducolomb for another brilliant wine that I suspect will surpass both the 2015 and 2016!”
– Jeb Dunnuck (95-97+ points)

“The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Beychevelle wafts sensuously from the glass with fragrant Black Forest cake, potpourri, star anise and black tea scents over a core of black raspberries, warm blackcurrants and kirsch with touches of fallen leaves and lavender. Full-bodied and packed with fragrant red and black fruit layers, it has a firm, velvety texture and fantastic freshness lifting the very long, perfumed finish. Beautiful! Anticipated time in barrel is 18 months, 60% new and 40% second fill. The tentative blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (94-96+ points)
April 2019

“The 2018 Beychevelle is an exceptional, utterly vivid wine. Deep and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2018 has so much to offer. Super-ripe black cherry, crème de cassis, licorice, new oak and chocolate infuse this unctuous, spectacularly ripe Saint-Julien. Beychevelle is exotic, flamboyant and full-throttle, not to mention absolutely stunning. The high presence of Merlot in the blend gives Beychevelle much of its sensuality. What a wine! The 2018 is 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.”
Vinous (93-96 points)

“This is a dark, deep colour that perfectly reflects the rich blackberry and bilberry fruits on the nose. I really have noticed that Beychevelle has raised its game over the last few vintages and it’s maintaining that step-up here. The 2018 is built to age, and will do so with very little trouble. It has violet edging, a good ripe tannic structure and is full of life. It’s rounded in terms of mouthfeel, smoothed out but not knocked off balance by the alcohol. It may be approachable earlier than usual perhaps, but with class, ambition and St-Julien signature.”
Decanter (94 points)

“This is concentrated with a solid core of fruit, yet it’s energetic and driven with plenty of pretty and forceful tannins. Dusty texture. Persistent finish.”
– James Suckling (93-94 points)

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6513
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Beychevelle
Lynch-Bages-Pauillac-2018

Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 2018

“The 2018 Lynch Bages is made up of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aging in 75% new barriques. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is quite coy and restrained to begin, fanning out to offer pure, ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and preserved plums with wafts of red roses, cigar box, incense, cardamom and fenugreek with savory touches of black olives, Marmite toast and smoked meats. Full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a solid foundation of very firm, very ripe, grainy tannins and superb freshness supporting the generous black fruit layers, finishing long with provocative ferrous suggestions.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (96-98 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6542
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Lynch Bages
Siran-Margaux-2018

Siran, Margaux, 2018

“This is a solid Siran with blackberries and hints of hazelnuts and chocolate. Full body and chewy tannins that are soft and polished. Shows depth and density.”
– James Suckling (94-95 points)

“Features a plush edge, with warm plum and cassis notes, ample velvety tannins and a long, mesquite- and tea-infused finish that has admirable depth. A distinctive style and should be a smart buy in the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now.”
Wine Spectator (92-95 points)

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Siran opens with quietly spoken notions of baked blackberries, blackcurrant cordial and bay leaves with hints of scorched earth, tar and tobacco. The full-bodied palate is restrained and elegantly played with subtle earth layers among the black fruit and a solid foundation of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with earth and mineral nuances.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6551
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Siran
Meyney-St-Estephe-2018

Meyney, St. Estephe, 2018

“The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Meyney gives up blackcurrants, black berries and plums on the nose with earth and spices plus fried herbs and lots of oak. The big, full-bodied palate has some promising fruit but is a bit hard and oaky.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (89-91+ points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6598
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Meyney
Carbonnieux-Rouge-Pessac-Leognan-2018

Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2018

“A pretty wine this year with a savory and earthy undertone to the ripe and juicy fruit. Medium body, round tannins and a juicy finish.”
- James Suckling (92-93 points)

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Carbonnieux leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of baked blackberries, warm cassis, preserved plum and lavender with touches of Indian spices, forest floor and dried sage. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the generous fruit has loads of bright, vibrant sparks plus a great line of freshness, finishing mineral tinged.”
- Wine Advocate (91-93 points)

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6524
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Carbonnieux Rouge
Fleur-Cardinale-St-Emilion-2018

Fleur Cardinale, St. Emilion, 2018

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Fleur Cardinale features pronounced baked blueberries, stewed black plums and blackberry preserves scents with touches of bay leaves, moss-covered bark and forest floor. Full-bodied and laden with black fruit preserves sparked by earth and dried herbs, it has a solid backbone of ripe, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. Barrel aging is expected to be for 12-14 months in 100% new oak barrels. The tentative blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6529
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Fleur Cardinale
Gloria-St-Julien-2018

Gloria, St. Julien, 2018

“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.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (92-94 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6532
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Gloria
Echo-de-Lynch-Bages-Pauillac-2018

Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 2018

“The 2018 Echo De Lynch-Bages is the second wine of Lynch Bages and is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up all in once-used barrels. Cassis, graphite, lead pencil, and graphite notes all emerge from this deep, shockingly concentrated wine that has full-bodied richness, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. The stats on this second wine are telling, and it’s 13.9% alcohol, 3.57 pH, and an IPT of 87. It’s one serious, blockbuster-styled second wine that shows how successful some of the second wines in the vintage are.”
– Jeb Dunnuck (93-95 points)

“Very layered and dense second wine of Lynch this year. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and polished and chewy tannins.”
- James Suckling (93-94 points)

“The 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages is a rich, sensual and inviting second wine. Dark cherry, pomegranate, mint, blood orange and spice infuse this racy, sumptuous second wine from Lynch Bages. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours add to the wine’s immediacy and sheer appeal. This is very nicely done. Echo is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.”
Vinous (91-93 points)

“Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and without any new oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages rolls seductively out of the glass with fragrant notes of candied violets, rose hip tea and fragrant soil over a core of crushed blackberries, warm blackcurrants and kirsch plus wafts of chocolate mint and crushed rocks. Full, rich, wonderfully concentrated and well structured, it has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (90-92+ points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6555
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Echo de Lynch Bages
du-Tertre-Margaux-2018

du Tertre, Margaux, 2018

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 du Tertre is a little reduced to begin, opening out to notions of baked plums, warm cassis and dried mulberries with hints of tar, chargrill and black pepper plus a waft of bouquet garni. Full-bodied with a firm, chewy frame, it has a good amount of baked berries and herbal flavors with a sage-laced finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (89-91 points)
April 2019

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6527
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: du Tertre
Marquis-DAlesme-Margaux-2018

Marquis D'Alesme, Margaux, 2018

“The 2018 Marquis d’Alesme Becker is from the lieu-dit Les Terrasses de Margaux. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and it has 14.5% alcohol. It is to be aged 18 months in 65% new and 35% two-year-old barrels. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with bold, expressive black cherries, warm plums, crème de cassis and red roses scents with touches of baking spices, potpourri and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, rich and opulent, it completely fills the palate with hedonic black fruit preserves and spices, framed by firm, velvety tannins and finishing with fantastic length.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (94-96 points)
April 2019

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6508
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Marquis D'Alesme
Prieure-Lichine-Margaux-2018

Prieure Lichine, Margaux, 2018

“The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Prieure-Lichine slips sensuously out of the glass with gorgeous raspberry coulis, chocolate-covered cherries and warm cassis scents with hints of candied violets, licorice, camphor and wilted roses. The full-bodied, richly fruited palate is beautifully perfumed with loads of floral accents and has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long with some mineral notions coming through. Very pretty.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6548
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Prieure Lichine
Berliquet-St-Emilion-2018

Berliquet, St. Emilion, 2018

“This was really Nicolas Audebert’s first vintage at Berliquet, since the property was acquired by Chanel in the autumn of 2017. The most significant, immediate change from 2018 came from noticing that blocks of the vineyard had Merlot and Cabernet Franc interplanted. These used to be harvested together. This year the different cultivars were flagged and harvested separately so as to achieve optimal ripeness for both varieties. The 2018 Berliquet is blended of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc and has 14.5% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with bold kirsch, blueberry compote and Black Forest cake with touches of cloves, lavender, menthol and lilacs. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with lovely freshness lifting the densely packed blue and black fruit flavors, it has a velvety texture and long, earthy finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (93-95+ points)
April 2019

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6512
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Berliquet
Lagrange-St-Julien-2018

Lagrange, St. Julien, 2018

“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Lagrange opens a little closed and broody, slowly revealing cedar chest, tar, pencil shavings, camphor and fragrant earth scents with a baked plums and warm cassis core plus a hint of yeast extract. Full-bodied and jam-packed with black fruits and earthy accents, it has a solid frame of firm, chunky tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a persistent mineral note.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (93-95+ points)
April 2019

Expected Arrival: Autumn 2021

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6536
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Lagrange

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