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Bordeaux remains the world’s most important producer of fine red wines. The region is split neatly into two distinct styles by varietal and geography. The better known regions of Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe to the west of the Gironde river produce Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines with power, backbone and structure while the communes of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on limestone and clay soils lean more to the Merlot varietal offering often richer and more generous wines.

In between is the Pessac-Leognan region, which technically  offers a hybrid between these two styles, pivoting between Cabernet styles of the west and the Merlot of the east.

In addition, there is growing demand for the dry white wines of Bordeaux, where improvements in winemaking techniques have resulted in ever more interesting wines.

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Bordeaux 2018

'A stunning vintage' creating 'wonderful wines with a beautiful depth of ripe fruit and polished, strong tannins' jamessuckling.com

After a difficult early growing season the ripening season was long, with hot and sunny weather right through to harvest allowing chateaux to pick at optimal ripeness. This has resulted in excellent wines across Bordeaux. Stylistically the 2018s are bigger and denser wines than their 2016 counterparts. Some critics have called 2018 a heterogeneous vintage but we think most would agree the grand terroirs of Bordeaux mostly produced wines comparable to those of the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages. In some properties 2018 has set a new benchmark. Furthermore, critics scores released at the time of printing show 2018 to be more successful across the board.


Discover Bordeaux 2018

Bordeaux 2018

'A stunning vintage' creating 'wonderful wines with a beautiful depth of ripe fruit and polished, strong tannins' jamessuckling.com

After a difficult early growing season the ripening season was long, with hot and sunny weather right through to harvest allowing chateaux to pick at optimal ripeness. This has resulted in excellent wines across Bordeaux. Stylistically the 2018s are bigger and denser wines than their 2016 counterparts. Some critics have called 2018 a heterogeneous vintage but we think most would agree the grand terroirs of Bordeaux mostly produced wines comparable to those of the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages. In some properties 2018 has set a new benchmark. Furthermore, critics scores released at the time of printing show 2018 to be more successful across the board.


Discover Bordeaux 2018