St Emilion 2018

Bordeaux 2018 - St Emilion

The following wines have been released to date from the Bordeaux 2018 campaign. Please contact us by calling 01353 721 999 if you would like to place an order.

Wine Bts per case £ per case in bond
Château Angélus 1er Grand Cru Classé A St Emilion 2018
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc; normally 60% Merlot but strict selection this year saw the Cabernet quotient reduced; Hubert de Boüard calls Cabernet ‘the DNA of Angélus’; additionally, instead of 100% new barrels this year the wine has gone into two foudres each holding the equivalent to 15 barriques. Dense semi-opaque purple black with a gorgeously spiced, perfumed nose of black cherries, some vanilla, big black fruits notes reminiscent of Angélus of old, smooth and succulent with a spiced, minty, black fruited palate, super soft with gentle extraction, rich and intense going to a densely fruited, elegant finish. A stunner. Drink 2027-2035+

6 £1,530
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Château Bélair-Monange 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2018
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Dense opaque black red to the rim with a nose of stalky blackcurrant fruit, fresh and crunchy yet very ripe too, sweet and savoury. On the palate big black fruits, supple yet substantial, rich with intense blackcurrant fruit, spiced and floral too with some distant toasty notes, going to a long, intense yet cool and poised finish. Really powerful wine for the longer term, superb. Drink 2028-2039
Recommended

6 £TBC
Chateau Canon, 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2018
72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Deep vibrant red black with a nose of wild black fruits, spiced and fresh, really stylish, leading to a palate of deliciously bright red and black fruits, so soft and supple and without any hint of heat, really elegant, rich, layered and beautifully done yet with superb power behind. Long, vibrant, fresh and elegant on the finish. Why can’t others show this purity? Drink 2028-2039

6 £522
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Château Fagnouse Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. New to the hustings this year, from a 9 hectare family-owned property in St Etienne de Lisse, on clay-limestone soils with 40 year old vines. Deep purple black to the rim, semi-opaque, with a nose of blackcurrant and creamed black fruits, sweet and dark on the palate with a hint of dark chocolate and caramel behind, and then surprisingly fresh with fine crunchy black fruits going to a tarry, fresh, pure finish. Drink 2024-2029
Recommended

12 £150
Château La Gaffelière, Premier Grand Cru Classé St Emilion 2018
42% Cabernet Franc, 58% Merlot with 60% new oak. After the frost of 2017, the fruit for Gaffelière came only from two limestone hills, not the valley; the result was a return to the style of wine from the previous generation, with more focus and intensity. In 2018, Aléxandre de Malet Roquefort decided to repeat the exercise so now just thirteen of their 22 hectares produce fruit for the grand vin and the results are spectacular. Dense purple black in colour with a nose of rich, toasty grilled black fruits, fresh and intense, leading to a super-sweet palate, vibrant with super-ripe but bright fruit, very focused and concentrated with significantly more power than in the recent past, going to a long, fresh, pure mineral finish. Wow, this is such a step up! Drink 2025-2035

12 £618
Château La Serre Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple black with a nose of toasty grilled red and black fruits, reminiscent of a crème brulée with fresh blackberries. On the palate typical La Serre characteristics – substantial smooth creamy black fruits, very supple tannins, very visible oak influence but with a zip of freshness too. Love it! Drink 2024-2032
Recommended

12 £480
Château La Tour Figeac Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
Dense purple black right to the rim, semi opaque; with a nose of very intense sweet black fruit, very rich; on the palate big black fruits, very well made with fine ripe tannins behind, beautifully balanced and very well done this year with a long grilled finish. Drink 2026-2036

12 £365
Château Pindefleurs Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple in colour with an intense nose of blackcurrant fruit, fresh and identifiable, with some creamed notes too, toasty and grilled, leading to a palate of rounded almost exotic spiced fruits, sweet and ripe, with substantial ripe tannins behind yet really fresh and poised and going to a long, creamed, lightly grilled yet fresh finish. Delicious. Drink 2024-2030

12 £190
Château Pressac Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
Deep purple black with a nose of savoury black fruits, quite restrained compared to some others, leading to a wonderfully fresh plate of succulent black and red fruits, beautifully vibrant and layered, spiced and juicy, really nicely done. Good wine. Drink 2024-2030+

12 £260
Château Puy Blanquet Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense purple black, not quite opaque with a nose of ripe black fruits, intense but pure with mineral notes too; on the palate dense black fruit, rich and ripe, with big structured tannins and again fresh crunchy fruit notes to the fore, going to a long, rich, creamed finish. A big wine with crunch and tannins, which will drink well for a few years to come. Drink 2025-2035
Recommended

12 £165
Château Saintayme Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
Denis Durantou. Deep purple black, not opaque, with a nose of rich blackcurrant fruit, toasted and grilled, rich and super-ripe, warm with a light hint of vanilla and even brioche; on the palate lovely perfumed black fruit, rich and savoury, ripe and black with substantial tannins behind, alcohol not dominant at all despite a weighty 14.5%, soft and supple with a long, toasty finish. Drink 2022-2029

12 £150
Clos Cantenac Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
100% Merlot. Deep red black with intense, plummy, dark fruit on the nose, spiced and musky, oriental, really alluring with some mineral, almost stony notes yet perfumed too. Big dense black fruit on the palate with massive, supple tannins, spiced with a distant hint of cognac, really rich and in need of some time to come round. Drink 2026-2037
Recommended

12 £330
Clos de l'Oratoire Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
“A tangy and tight red with blackberry and black-olive character. Hint of dark chocolate. Medium to full body and firm, tight tannins. Fresh and energetic dark fruit.” 94-95 Points James Suckling
Not tasted by Private Cellar

12 £340
Clos La Madeleine Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
76% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc - new this year. A property purchased by the Moueix family in September 2017. Deep purple red to the rim with a nose of tight black fruits, very closed at present, with sweet black cherry and some crunchy blackcurrant notes behind; smooth black fruits on the palate with substantial ripe tannins, structured and dense going to a long finish. Really quite grown up. Drink 2024-2032

6 £325
Le Carillon de l’Angélus Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, with 16 months oak ageing, of which 50% new. Dense purple black, semi-opaque with a nose of creamed, black fruit with lightly sawn wood notes, tarry, spiced, almost oriental, really interesting, leading to a palate of black cherry fruit, classically Angélus in style, with some mineral, savoury black fruits, spiced and rich going to a long, stylish vibrant finish. Good wine. Drink 2026-2030

6 £474
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Petit Cantenac Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep inky purple black right to the rim with a nose of spiced black fruit, sweet and rich, really plummy with spice leading to a substantial palate of huge black fruits, soft and supple in the mid palate with fine tannins and just a distant note of alcohol behind. The finish starts quietly but then grows with vibrant cherry fruit behind the spicy layers and a distant touch of graphite. So appealing! Drink 2023-2029
Recommended

12 £195
Château le Tertre Roteboeuf, Grand Cru St Emilion 2018
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep opaque black red with a nose of intense black fruit, grilled and rich, some mocha notes, very ripe and savoury, leading to a super-sweet palate with big juicy fruit, strong new wood notes behind, toasty and grilled, and tannins so ripe you have to remember to look for them, going to a spiced, rich, juicy, creamed, super-ripe finish which goes on and on. This is just superb, finding the right words to describe this corner of paradise was really rather challenging! Drink 2028-2044+


6 £790
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