2018 En Primeur Curtain Call
With all the wines now released, Farr Vintners is pleased to present our final “top ten” recommendations from the exceptional 2018 Bordeaux vintage. There are wines here for all tastes and budgets.
There is no doubting the exceptional quality of the red wines of 2018 and now that we have prices for all wines, we can see more clearly where the best value lies. In our opinion, the vintage’s most successful wines are the Cabernet Sauvignon based wines of the Médoc and this is where we mainly focus our attention. All prices are per 12 bottles. In most instances, other formats are available too. Click on the wine names below for comprehensive tasting notes from Farr Vintners and from all the major critics.
Capbern at £190
There is no doubt that 2018 is a great vintage in St Estèphe and Calon Ségur's "little brother" looks like being the best ever.
Langoa Barton at £435
A classic St Julien that is potentially better than the 2009 and 2010 here and nearly 20% cheaper.
Grand Puy Lacoste at £672
An archetypal Pauillac that offers, as ever, the best value in the appellation.
Léoville Barton at £758
A truly outstanding 2nd Growth from St Julien. Stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. A rival to the 2010 here and nearly 30% cheaper.
Lynch Bages at £1068
A wonderful Lynch that scores on quality and comes in cheaper than the '16, '10 and '09 and half the price of the 2000.
Canon at £1200
A brilliant St Emilion with fabulous purity and refinement. James Suckling gives it the same score as Cheval Blanc , Figeac and Pavie, although this is far cheaper than all of those.
Pichon Lalande at £1656
Our top wine outside the First Growths. This is the new 1982 Pichon. A stunning wine - one for the ages.
Cos d’Estournel at £1776
With a potential 100 point rating in The Wine Advocate, this outscores Mouton, Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc. Unquestionably First Growth in quality.
La Mission Haut Brion at £3000
One of the few happy price surprises of the campaign. With 98/100 from The Wine Advocate, it outscores Haut Brion but is a full £1900 per case cheaper.
Lafite Rothschild at £6000
One of the greatest Lafites ever. 98 points from The Wine Advocate, 99 from Suckling, 98 from Decanter, 19 from Julia Harding MW (JancisRobinson.com) and lower in price than any Lafite pre-2011.
We still have availability of most wines in 2018 although a dozen or so have sold out and others are now low stock. The full list is available HERE along with tasting notes, scores and prices. Prices start at £120 per dozen.
These wines are offered en primeur and will be physically delivered to us in 2021
All prices are in bond, excluding UK duty & VAT