NEAL MARTIN ON 2018 BORDEAUX

Neal Martin
Neal Martin, the World's foremost Bordeaux critic, has published his eagerly awaited first scores for the 2018 vintage for Vinous.com.  Unable to attend the original en primeur tastings following surgery, this is his first judgement on the vintage. 

Martin's report confirms that 2018 is "very good to excellent in quality" with succulent ripe fruit and silky textures.  Though it may lack the consistency of 2016 and 2005, there are "a handful of genuinely astonishing 2018s", Martin notes that many of the vintage's peaks are to be found on the Right Bank.  Please find below a selection of the best buys and top-performing Chateaux, including:-


-    the "really utterly delicious" Tour Saint Christophe (£265)
-    Pavie Macquin and Canon - both "exceptional and rank alongside the best of the last decade"
-    "A stunning, almost profound 2018 Eglise Clinet," and from the same winemaker, "in terms of value you cannot beat his crus from surrounding appellations such as La Chenade and Montlandrie"


"Saint-Émilion delivers in 2018. If you want to talk about genuine “best wines ever made” or “pinnacles of achievement,” then this is where to come.... one other trend was how well some of the châteaux performed beyond the elite names."
 

Right Bank - TOP VALUE

LA CHENADE 2018, Lalande de Pomerol
£145 per 12x75 In Bond  
"The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. There is a nice bite to Denis Durantou’s Lalande-de-Pomerol, and an attractive saline finish. Excellent."
90-92 Neal Martin.  (90-92 WA, 92-93 JS)

LES CRUZELLES 2018, Lalande de Pomerol
£210 per 12x75 In Bond  
"wonderful weight and elegance and impressive delineation toward the persistent, spicy finish. Please tell me you bought this wine when it was released earlier this year!"
92-94 Neal Martin.  (91-93 WA, 90-93 AG)

LAROQUE 2018, St Emilion
£215 per 12x75 In Bond  
"a rich and creamy bouquet with upfront blueberry and cassis fruit, modern in style but managing to retain delineation and avoid excess... a seductively gorgeous wine."
91-93 Neal MArtin (95-97 WA, 95-97 JD)

TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 2018, St Emilion
£265 per 12x75 In Bond   
"The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and poise with really quite superb tension and energy on the finish... it’s succinctly judged and really utterly delicious."
92-94 Neal Martin  (96-97 JS, 92-94+ WA)


 

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Vintage Name Size Cs Bt GBP Price Per Actions scores
VIN BU JR DEC
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2018 Armailhac 75cl 6 - £420 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 91-93 - - 94
2018 Beausejour Becot 75cl 7 - £552 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 95-97 92-94 - - 95
2018 Berliquet 75cl - 6 £396 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 93-95 89-91 - - 93
2018 Beychevelle 75cl - 6 £720 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 92-94 - - 94
2018 Branaire Ducru 75cl 11 6 £462 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 92-94 - - 93
2018 Brane Cantenac 75cl - 6 £622 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 92-94 - - 95
2018 Canon 75cl 1 - £1,200 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 95-97 - - 97
2018 Cantemerle 75cl 2 - £246 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 86-88 85-87 - - 92
2018 Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) 75cl 4 - £188 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 88-90 - 17 92
2018 Carmes Haut Brion 75cl 1 - £1,300 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 94-96 - - 98
2018 Chapelle de la Mission (2nd wine of Mission Haut Brion) 75cl 1 - £715 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 89-91 - - 92
2018 Chenade 75cl 5 - £145 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 90-92 90-92 - - 92
2018 Clinet 75cl 6 - £770 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 93-95 - - 97
2018 Cruzelles 75cl 3 - £210 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 92-94 - - 90
2018 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 75cl 8 6 £650 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 94-96 - - 96
2018 Eglise Clinet 75cl 1 6 £2,616 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 96-98 97-98 - - 97
2018 Feytit Clinet 75cl 1 - £590 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 93-95 92-95 - - 94
2018 Fleur Petrus 75cl - 6 £1,990 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 92-94 - - 96
2018 Gaffeliere 75cl 4 - £618 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 94-96 - - 96
2018 Haut Bailly 75cl 1 - £1,044 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 96-98 94-96 - - 98
2018 Lanessan 75cl 4 - £123 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 89-91 89-91 - - 92
2018 Laroque 75cl 4 - £215 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 95-97 91-93 - - 93
2018 Leoville Barton 75cl 4 6 £758 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 94-96 - - 96
2018 Leoville Poyferre 75cl 6 6 £816 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 94-96 92-94 - - 97
2018 Lynch Bages 75cl 5 - £1,068 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 96-98 93-95 - - 97
2018 Marquis de Calon (2nd wine of Calon Segur) 75cl 3 - £237 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 86-88 - 17 91
2018 Meyney 75cl 5 - £243 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 89-91 91-93 - 16 94
2018 Mission Haut Brion 75cl 2 6 £3,000 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 98-100 96-98 - - 97
2018 Montlandrie 75cl 1 - £174 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 90-92 - - 92
2018 Montrose 75cl - 6 £1,560 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 96-98 95-97 - 18 97
2018 Mouton Rothschild 75cl 2 - £5,112 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 95-97 - - 98-100
2018 Pape Clement 75cl 2 6 £794 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 96-98 93-95 - - 95
2018 Pavie Macquin 75cl - - £632 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 95-97 95-97 - - 98
2018 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (2nd wine of Ch Margaux) 75cl 1 - £1,788 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 93-95 92-94 - - 92
2018 Petit Mouton (2nd wine of Mouton Rothschild) 75cl - 3 £2,124 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 91-93 - - 92
2018 Pichon Baron 75cl 1 - £1,400 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 93-95 - - 97
2018 Pichon Lalande 75cl 2 - £1,656 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 96-98 - - 98-100
2018 Pontet Canet 75cl 3 6 £1,038 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 96-99 - - 96
2018 Prieure Lichine 75cl 5 - £348 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 89-91 - - 94
2018 Rauzan Segla 75cl 1 - £1,180 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 94-96 - - 97
2018 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 75cl 3 - £978 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 97-99 94-96 - - 98
2018 Talbot 75cl 2 - £518 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 91-93 91-93 - - 94
2018 Tour Saint Christophe 75cl 3 - £265 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 92-94 92-94 - - 93
2018 Troplong Mondot 75cl 8 - £918 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] 93-95 94-96 - - 97