“Two words best describe the 2018 Bordeaux wines presented at this year’s En Primeur: Heartbreak and happiness.”
Wine Enthusiast has published the complete Bordeaux 2018 En Primeur report by Roger Voss. Overall, Voss describes the vintage as “controversial”. In explaining his ambivalence, he says: “The test of a great vintage is when the wines are of superb quality at every level, from First Growths to simple appellation wines. That is not the case this year.”
Voss comments on the “rare combination” of heft, alcohol and intense freshness in the vintage which “has made the top wines from Pomerol irresistible”. Indeed, his “wine of the vintage is from Vieux Château Certan in Pomerol”, which he awarded a barrel range of 98-100 points. In his tasting note, he praises its “complexity, elegance, freshness, concentration and enormous longevity”.
Notable wines from the Left Bank include the First Growths Margaux, Latour and Mouton Rothschild, which received a barrel range of 97-99 points.