2018 Bordeaux Les 14 Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels

 Ben Grosvenor  : Davy’s Wine

A great summary of the 2018 Crus Bourgeois, produced by Davy’s that I wanted to share and post for reference.

The Cru Bourgeois quality designation ranks chateaux that fall outside of the 1855 classification of left bank properties. Only 14 of the highest-performing properties have been given the title of Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in the recent review of the classification.

Routinely reviewed to ensure that its members continue to produce wines of excellent quality: the recent 2020 review was the most thorough ever, with a blind tasting of 5 previous vintages from every applicant. A three-tier system has been reintroduced, with the titles of Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel bestowed on a select number of properties that meet particularly high standards, both in the quality of the wines submitted and in their commitment to the environment through sustainable vineyard practices.

2018 is undoubtedly a brilliant year – ripe juicy fruit and well-integrated tannins, certainly not lacking in freshness.

2018 Ch. d’Agassac, Haut-Médoc

We are in rich plum territory here, with violet edging that stains the glass. There’s plenty of fruit and spice on the nose, while on the palate those tannins are feeling tart and tight, the fruit layered behind. This clearly has ambition to age. They only achieved 60% of the usual yields in 2018 following two hailstorms.

92 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter

2018 Ch. Arnauld, Haut-Médoc

This is tight and chewy with a solid core of ripe tannins and pretty blackberry character. Cool and stony undertones to the ripe fruit. Rigid backbone gives it form and verve.

93-94 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. Belle-Vue, Haut-Médoc

Up with the finest Haut-Médoc, the 2018 Château Belle-Vue (48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Carménère) reveals a deep purple color as well as a floral bouquet of blue fruits, graphite, and earth. This estate is located right on the edge of the Margaux appellation and it certainly has a touch of Margaux elegance and purity as well as medium to full body, fine tannins, and beautiful balance. I suspect it’s going to be a killer value and should keep for two decades.

91-93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2018 Ch. Cambon La Pelouse, Haut-Médoc

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cambon la Pelouse is scented of cedar, tar and earth with a core of warm plums and cassis with mocha and lavender hints. The palate is full-bodied, firm and laden with fruit, supported by grainy tannins and finishing long.

90-92 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

2018 Ch. Charmail, Haut-Médoc

Blackberries and blueberries with lightly toasted oak and bright, vivid fruit. Medium to full body and firm, fine tannins. One of the best from here?

92-93 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. Malescasse, Haut-Médoc

The ripe merlot in this, which is 65 per cent, gives this wine lift and richness. Full, chewy and flavorful. Chocolate undertones and hazelnuts to the blue fruit.

93-94 Points, James suckling

2018 Ch. de Malleret, Haut-Médoc

Lots of tannin and structure to this with blackberries and blackcurrants and hints of toasted oak and chocolate.

91-92 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. du Taillan, Haut-Médoc


2018 Ch. Ch Lestage, Listrac-Médoc

I like the berry and wet-earth character and hints of walnuts. Medium body. Firm tannins in the center palate. Fresh finish.

90-91 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. d’Arsac, Margaux

A very rich Margaux with lots of blackberry and black-olive character. Full body, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Impressive.

92-93 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. Paveil de Luze, Margaux

The 2018 Paveil de Luze is pliant, silky and nuanced, with terrific balance and class. Sage, tobacco, mint and rose petal are woven throughout a core of bright red Margaux fruit. striking and super expressive, Paveil de Luze is a gorgeous, modern Margaux long on personality.

91-94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2018 Ch. Le Boscq, St-Estèphe

This has a beautiful sense of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrant, blackberry and hot-stone character throughout. Medium to full body, tight and integrated tannins and a flavorful finish.

93-94 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. Le Crock, St-Estèphe

A blend of 44% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Château Le Crock is a rich, beautifully textured, opulent effort that has loads of black cherries, graphite, crushed herbs and earthy notes. It’s ripe, sexy, and beautifully textured, yet also fresh and pure. The 2018 hit 14.3% alcohol, with a pH of 3.71 and an IPT of 80. It’s a serious wine.

92-94 Points, James Suckling

2018 Ch. Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe

A perennial over-achiever, the 2018 Château Lilian Ladouys doesn’t disappoint and offers classic notes of black and blue fruits, damp earth, violets, and a touch of minerality. Made from 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot aging in 35% new French oak, this medium to full-bodied 2018 has beautiful purity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to be a brilliant value.

91-94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

Ben Grosvenor
Head of Private and Retail Sales

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