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Tasting Bordeaux 2018 | St Estephe, Pauillac & St Julien

April 25th 2019


We start the week of tasting with a trio of visits to Calon Ségur, Montrose & Cos d’Estournel. These have been covered well in a previous blog during our first week of tasting Bordeaux 2018 and were all showing very well this morning. Typical of the vintage, much of Montrose (2/3rds) and Cos (1/3rd) was lost due to mildew, with a sunny July and August saving the châteaux from disaster.

Tasting Bordeaux 2018 | Day 3 | The Right Bank

April 4th 2019


There’s genuine excitement surrounding St Emilion and Pomerol this year. To get to this though, nothing was plain sailing. A very wet spring resulting in an attack of mildew during flowering caused many a headache. Thankfully the incredible uninterrupted period of sunshine that occurred from June through to harvest time, 1136 hrs without a drop of rain, (a 50 yr record) put things right. Anyone who employed meticulous work in the vineyard to counteract the mildew has been rewarded with some perfectly balanced, powerful wines that will draw comparisons with some of the top 2009s.

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