Bordeaux 2018: Beychevelle and many others…

Bordeaux 2018: Beychevelle and many others…
It could be the first signs of Brexit jeopardising the old Entente Cordiale; Beychevelle did the unthinkable and released on the May Day Bank Holiday! A snub to the Brits or poor diary management, we don’t know, we don’t care, we just love the wines. Since the inaugural vintage in the impressive new winery, Beychevelle hasn’t put a step out of place. The 2018 is possibly the most striking of the lot. This is super-impressive, bringing together a more complex and concentrated core of fruit with a detailed tannic structure, without losing any of the old Beychevelle ease and charm. There are just a few cases left…

Sticking to the regular timetable, we have Les Carmes Haut Brion and Calon Segur. These are two of the most impressive and sought-after wines in Bordeaux, however, they have both reduced allocations by 25% (from already tiny quantities). Alas, both are ‘allocation only’. If you would like to be considered, please contact your Account Manager.

Pavie Macquin, Cantemerle, Meyney, Malescot St Exupery and Haut Batailley have all released over the last 24 hours. There are huge scores for Nicolas Thienpont’s flagship, Pavie Macquin (95-98 Wine Spectator, 97-98 James Suckling, 94-96 Wine Enthusiast, 19 Jean-Marc Quarin, 98 Decanter, 16.5 Jancis Robinson, 95-98 Lisa Perrotti, 92-95 Antonio Galloni, 94-95 Bettane et Desseauve, 97-99 Jeb Dunnuck). We found it rather divisive, but there is certainly lots of extract and winemaking.

Meyney is certainly a wine on the up and up. Since Hubert de Bouard started consulting, Meyney’s fortunes have transformed. We raved about the 2014, the 2015 shone from bottle and now the 2018 cements its place as one of the rising stars of the Medoc.

“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. 95-96/100”. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Our final endorsement goes to Haut Batailley. Jean-Charles Cazes’ second vintage is very impressive. It’s a more muscular expression than the Haut Batailley produced under Xavier Borie’s tenure. There’s certainly plenty of ambition and even a slight nod towards the style of its new big brother, Lynch Bages.