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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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
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6536
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Lagrange
DArmailhac-Pauillac-2018

D'Armailhac, Pauillac, 2018

“The 2018 D’Armailhac (14.5% alcohol) is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested September 12 to October 3. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries, warm black cherries and mulberries plus hints of potpourri, spice cake and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, the decadent palate delivers loads of black berry layers and a firm, grainy frame with underlying freshness and an earthy finish. Wonderfully opulent D’Armailhac!”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6526
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: D'Armailhac
La-Croix-Ducru-Beaucaillou-St-Julien-2018

La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou, St. Julien, 2018

“This is not a second wine as such, because it comes from a dedicated part of the vineyard, located on the south bank of La Mouline. The 2018 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, to be aged 12 months in 60% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.75, 15% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 96. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little closed and broody to begin, offering subtle notions of fertile loam, tobacco, truffles and cast iron pan with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and boysenberries with hints of underbrush and bay leaves. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness to lift the dense fruit to a long finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6556
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou
Langoa-Barton-St-Julien-2018

Langoa Barton, St. Julien, 2018

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

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6537
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Langoa Barton
Monbousquet-St-Emilion-2018

Monbousquet, St. Emilion, 2018

“The 2018 Monbousquet is composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested September 27 to October 9 with yields of 39 hectoliters per hectare. The wine has a pH of 3.78 and 14.38% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it sashays out of the glass with beautiful, flamboyant red roses, chocolate box and molten licorice scents over a core of crème de cassis, plum preserves and Morello cherries plus fragrant wafts of underbrush, lavender and cloves. Full-bodied, rich and wonderfully elegant, the palate delivers layers of black fruits and spices, wrapped in a cashmere shawl of tannins, finishing very long and incredibly perfumed.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (93-95 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6544
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Monbousquet
Branaire-Ducru-St-Julien-2018

Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2018

“The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Branaire-Ducru begins just a tad reduced with broody tar, rubber and fried herbs scents giving way to a fragrant core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry coulis with touches of smoked meats and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and rugged in the mouth with brawny, muscular fruit and a sturdy frame of grainy tannins, it finishes long and savory.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (92-94 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6514
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Branaire Ducru
Clos-du-Marquis-St-Julien-2018

Clos du Marquis, St. Julien, 2018

“The 2018 Clos du Marquis is composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, with 13% press wine added back to the blend. Grapes were harvested September 18 to October 10, with yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine has 14.5% alcohol. It will be aged in barriques, 55% new. The finished blend was put into barrels last December. Deep purple-black in color, it displays flamboyant scents of kirsch, crushed black cherries and warm cassis with hints of cinnamon stick, underbrush and chocolate box plus a waft of sandalwood. Full-bodied and built like a brick house with firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit, it finishes long and spicy.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (92-94 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6553
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Clos du Marquis
Cantenac-Brown-Margaux-2018

Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2018

“The 2018 Cantenac Brown is deep garnet-purple in color and a little coy to begin and then, with coaxing, opens out to lovely red roses, black tea, violets and underbrush scents with a core of warm red and black currants and chocolate-covered cherries. Full-bodied and laden with perfumed red and black fruit layers, it has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and a long, fragrant finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6522
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Cantenac Brown
Malescot-Saint-Exupery-Margaux-2018

Malescot Saint Exupery, Margaux, 2018

“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.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (94-96+ points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6543
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Malescot Saint Exupery
Talbot-St-Julien-2018

Talbot, St. Julien, 2018

“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Talbot is just a little reduced to begin, opening out to reveal notions of warm red and black currants, baked plums and mulberries with touches of sautéed herbs, tilled soil, fallen leaves and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, it has commendably ripe, fine-grained tannins and restrained, earthy layers on offer in the mouth with an herbal lift on the finish.”
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (91-93 points)
April 2019

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Size: F - 750 ml
Bin: D6552
Varietal: Bordeaux Red
Type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Winery: Talbot

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