The 2018 Pessac Leonian is the product of a challenging growing season. Like all of Bordeaux, the vineyards were under water. It wasn’t just the incessant rain that had been falling for months.

We also had to deal with hailstorms. As if that wasn’t enough, the devastating plague of fungus has hit organic vineyards particularly hard. However, it is important to note that mold was much more prevalent in the South.

Fortunately, the situation improved by mid-summer. The beautiful sunny, warm and dry weather conditions allowed the vineyards to dry. At one point there was even so much water due to the drought that the young vines in many vineyards were destroyed.

Many vineyards are beginning to suffer from water stress due to lack of soil moisture. Bacchus is clearly a fan of the 2018 Pessac Leognan, because that’s when the much-needed little late summer rains fell that saved the vintage.

After a hot and dry summer, September and October also remained warm, dry and sunny, which was ideal for red wine grapes. But it was too hot and dry for white grapes. The grapes for the white wine were harvested in August so that the fruit could retain as much of its freshness as possible.

Fabien Teiten, technical director of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, explains the 2018 Pessac Léognan like this: 2018 had a difficult start with a severe fungal infestation. The result is a small production. But thanks to a warm and sunny late summer and autumn, we achieved perfect ripeness with dense, powerful grapes with thick skins.

The harvest of red wine started on the 13th in some wineries. September. Although it is still a bit early, it is possible to continue harvesting until mid-October so that the wineries can produce the wine of their choice.

The berries were small, thick-skinned and tasty. If you want to know more about the 2018 harvest in Bordeaux.

Séverine Bonny of Château Malartic Lagraviere was more than satisfied with the result: In the end we achieved a perfect balance with great concentration and freshness. This is a very nice Bordeaux year for us!

The 2018 Pessac Léognan reds are richly colored. Serious concentration, ripe tannins and nice fruity sweetness. Throughout the appellation, you will find many aromatic gems with a lush texture.

Guillaume Poutier, director of Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, underlined the elegance of the vintage with his blend. To avoid heaviness with low acidity, the strong power of the Cabernet Sauvignon is in the foreground, while the Cabernet Franc gives the wine direction and freshness.

Some wines are alcoholic, but red wines are fresh, long and refined by their acidity. They must be very durable. Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier, is quite strong about the 2018 vintage of Pessac Léognan. As for 2018, it’s the best wine I’ve ever made!

The 2018 white Bordeaux from Pessac Léonjan are good, but not that successful. The white wines have a round, lush, creamy texture and sweet, ripe fruit, but the vintage lacks the bracing acidity that the best vintages have. The white wines are already very pleasant to drink. But many will not make the old bones.

All of the following 2018 Pessac Leognan wines were tasted in my home office under non-blind conditions. Grave’s 2018 wines will be published in a separate report.

2018 – Bouscaut – A sweet, refined, medium-bodied, warm, elegant, forward wine with silky tannins and a spicy, black cherry-filled palette. Give it 4-5 years to develop additional complexity before pulling the cork. It shows much more depth in the bottle than in the barrel. 92 pt.

2018 – Bouscaut White – Creamy, sweet, juicy and lush with layers of ripe Meyer lemons, tropical fruit, pears and spice. It is rich, lively and offers a broad build-up to a sweet, fruity finish. 92 pt.

2018 – Bouscaut Les Chênes – Forward, medium-bodied, light, soft, elegant, easy-drinking, smoky, cherry-accented wine for early drinking. 86 pt.

2018 – Bouscaut Les Chênes Blanc – A light, easy drinking early wine dominated by yellow citrus. It’s perfect for simple summer drinks by the pool while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 85 pt.

2018 – Cantelli – Floral, chocolate, plum and cherry, smoke and also some pepper on the nose. The wine is round, soft, supple and full of ripe fruit and finishes with a hint of chocolate on top of all that fruit. You can drink it young to enjoy all its fruit, or let it age for a few years and enjoy the earthier notes. 91 pt

2018 – Cantelys White – Fruity, sweet, fresh and without too much fuss showing its white peach, vanilla and citrus fruits, you can pour this well-priced white Bordeaux to your heart’s content. Enjoy it for the next 3 to 5 years. 90 pt.

2018 – Carbonnieux – Campfire spice, cedar, tobacco leaf, spice and red fruit form the core of this medium-bodied, elegant and fresh wine. Smooth and polished with a solid depth of flavor and a hint of oak in an elegant finish. The wines are composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 92 pt.

2018 – Carbonnieux White – Aromas of lemon, lime and flowers immediately emerge. Sweet and juicy, fresh, with a creamy, yellow and citrusy character on the palate, it offers plenty of forward charm, fresh and fruity. 91pts.

2018 Les Carmes Haut Brion – Aromatically, this beauty begins with an array of freshly picked flowers, smoky red and dark black fruits, licorice, spices, damp earth, cigar box, forest leaf and salty ground rock. Deeply colored, concentrated, rich, elegant, sweet, refined and pure on the palate, the seamless finish continues with layers of fresh, ripe, sweet and sensually textured fruit. The wines are a blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot, 13.75% ABV. This allows it to mature and develop easily for 2-3 decades. 98 pt.

2018 – La Croix de Carbonnieux Wit – Fresh, light, forward, citrus-driven attack with a hint of white peach on the finish. Drink it for the next few years. 85 pt.

2018 – La Croix de Carbonnieux Rouge is a medium-bodied, light and forward wine, ideal for early, uncomplicated drinking. 86 pt.

2018 – Clos Marsalette – Clearly the best wine Clos Marsalette has produced to date. The wine explodes on the nose with aromas of sweet, smoky fruit, tobacco peel, forest leaf and wild cherry. Medium-bodied, luxurious, round texture, fresh, juicy and spicy red fruits bring length, freshness and complexity. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. This may be the best value in Pessac Leognan today. 93pts.

2018 – Clos Marsalette White – Floral, green apple, lemon curd, honeysuckle and blackberry aromas combine beautifully with fresh, juicy and delicate flavors. 91 pt.

2018 – Couhins – Ripe, elegant, sweet, smoky, medium-bodied fruit with a nice tight, refined mouthfeel that transitions into cigar box notes. It looks much better in a bottle than in a barrel. 92 pt

2018 – Couhins Wit – Creamy, lush, round and fruity, with sweet yellow citrus, pineapple, mango and other tropical nuances. Juicy and refreshing, it shows very well and should get even better with a few years. 93 pt.

2018 – Couhins La Gravette Wit – Aromas of lemon, mint and peach leather accompany you, a light wine that is already drinkable, ready for daily drinking. 87 pts.

2018 – La Dame de Couhins – A medium-bodied, sweet, forward, light, soft, earthy, cherry-filled wine made for early enjoyment. 86 pt.

2018 – Couhins Lurton – With a pleasing depth of color, this elegant wine delivers abundant, soft, sweet, ripe, smoky and refined red fruit on the nose and palate. 93 pt.

2018 – de Fieuzal – Smoke, espresso, ripe, juicy red fruit combine with a silky texture and a lively, fresh, sweet filling of red berries, spice, earth and mocha. Give it a few years and it will be even better! 93 pt.

2018 – de Fieuzal Blanc – Juicy, sweet, fresh and bright yellow citrus with vanilla and floral accents come through loud and clear from the start to a creamy, fresh and fruity finish. 92 pt

2018 – L’Abeille de Fieuzal – Light, sweet and tart red fruit on the nose, with a lively, grassy, olive-red cherry finish. Drink it for the next few years. 86 pt.

2018 – from France – Forest leaf, tobacco, cedar and smoky red fruit open the nose. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, silky, fresh and bright, showing its sweet red berries with ease on the finish. 91 pt

2018 – de France Wit – Honeysuckle, lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, tropical fruit and green apple pie combine beautifully in this fresh, sweet, juicy and creamy wine. 91 pt.

2018 – Domaine de Chevalier – Clearly the best vintage Domaine de Chevalier has ever produced, this beauty has it all. The mesmerizing aroma with all its scents of smoke, earth, spice, tobacco, ripe red and dark red fruit, tar, cigar box, thyme and espresso is almost unbelievable. In 2018 you will find unimaginable levels of focus where everything is in balance. The fruit is generous, silky and clean. The refined and elegant finish does not stop there. As you get older, you may achieve an even higher score in the coming years. Olivier Bernard says this is the best vintage he’s ever produced, and he’s right! The wine is made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. 97 pt.

2018 – Domaine de Chevalier Blanc – Round, bright, lush, creamy and juicy, with layers of fresh, crisp pomelo, waxy lemon peel, green apple, flowers and stone with a hint of honey, there’s a lot to love here. Give it a few more years in the cellar and you’ll appreciate it even more as it ages. 96 pt.

2018 – Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier Blanc – Bright, fresh, crisp and juicy, yellow citrus with some orange peel, green apple and pear adding complexity. I really like the minerality in the finish. Enjoy this great second wine while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 91 pt

2018 – Domaine de Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier Rouge – Smoky dark red berries with cigar box, spice, forest leaves and currants make for an impressive aroma. The palate is soft, silky, polished and refined, with juicy leaves full of fruit, dark cocoa, spice and espresso beans. It is perfect for short term consumption while waiting for the great wine to develop. 92 pt.

2018 – Domaine de la Solitude-Medium ripe, fresh, silky, elegant and loaded with sweet, ripe, clean red fruit with a smoky edge, the finish delivers more of that sweet red fruit with spice, bruised leaves and tobacco. This one will be good to drink soon after its release. 91 pt.

2018 – Haut Bailly – The nose is exceptional with its cornucopia of black and red fruits, smoke, damp earth, spice box and Cuban cigar profile. On the palate, the wine offers depth of flavor, almost unparalleled concentration and richness, silky tannins, and wave after wave of perfectly ripe, fresh, pure black and red fruit. The seamless finish seems almost endless as it builds and expands. Haut Bailly is not a flashy wine. In the case of basements, the situation is often much better. Give it at least 10 years before you pull the plug. The wine is made from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The 2018 vintage was produced with the lowest yields in the winery’s history – 21 hectolitres per hectare, a halving of production. If this is your style of wine, you may want to buy a few bottles. 98 pt.

2018 – Haut Bailly II – Smoke, tobacco leaf, roasted coffee, spices and red fruit make up the nose and heart of this wine. Medium-bodied, elegant, graceful, sweet and fresh, with a tight, refined finish, the outline finishes with silky dark red berries, cocoa and a hint of spice. This is the perfect place to enjoy it while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 2018 is the first vintage of the newly appointed second wine of Château Haut Bailly. 91 pts.

2018 – Haut Bergey – Floral, cigar box, tobacco, espresso and black cherry throughout. The wine’s flavor is easily served by a concentrated dose of espresso beans, dark cocoa, red and black plums and leafy spices. Give the oak a few years to integrate better, then enjoy it for another 15 years or so. 92 pt.

2018 – Haut Bergey Wit – Juicy, fruity and fresh, with ripe, sweet and creamy notes of lemon, orange peel, white peach and tropical notes in the nose and mouth. It’s already disarmingly easy to try. Perfect for dinner tonight! 92 pt

2018 – Haut Brion – Lush, powerful, full-bodied and dense, this incredibly rich wine offers enticing layers of ripe, lush, smoky, tobacco-soaked red and black fruit. What makes this wine great is that despite all its power, you will also find balance, elegance, harmony and complexity. The long finish of ripe fruit, tobacco leaves, smoke, barbecue and sea minerals will keep you enthralled for over 60 seconds! It will age lightly for at least 3-4 decades. The wines are composed of 6% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc, 14.6 ABV. 100 Pt

2018 – Haut Brion White – The nose shows ripe lemon, grapefruit, green apples, waxy Meyer lemons, spiciness, honeysuckle and faceted stone. On the palate, the wine is aromatic, lush, buttery, deep and fresh, with a sensually structured finish that lingers, which is good because you can linger even longer with all that ripe citrus and stone. A blend of 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc and 19.4% Semillon, this is the highest percentage of Sauvignon Blanc in the Haut Brion Blanc blend. 98 pt.

2018 – Haut Brion The Clarence de Haut-Brion – 2018 is the gateway to Haut Brion because it clearly resembles the Grand Vin with all its complexity – tobacco leaf, spice, red fruit and silky texture. Medium-bodied, elegant and dynamic, it takes only a few years to reach maximum sweet, ripe, earthy fruit and a smooth, refined finish. The wines are blended with 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot. 93 pt.

2018 – Haut Brion Le Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc – Quite floral, a mix of yellow citrus with tropical accents and a hint of orange honey, served with a fresh, creamy, luscious texture. You can enjoy it young or let it age for a few years for more complexity. 93 pt.

2018 – Haut Nouchet – A light touch of smoke, espresso, burnt leaves and red fruit characterize the nose. Soft, medium-bodied, forward and finishing with sweet red fruits, this wine should be ready to enjoy on the way out. The vineyards are well located, not far from Château Smith Haut Lafitte. 90 pt.

2018 – Haut-Bacalan – A little espresso, cocoa and red fruit hit the nose. Soft, round and approachable, with plenty of sweetness in the fruit accompanying the oak, which should dissipate with a few years of aging. 89 Coefficients

2018 – Haut-Lagrange – Just a hint of smoke, damp forest floor and red fruit hits the nose. The fresh, sweet and slightly fruity finish is soft, supple and easy to love and is perfect for drinking over the next 6-10 years. 89 Coefficients

2018 – La Garde – Round, fruity, sweet and fresh with spicy, loaded tobacco, a core of rich, chewy red fruit and espresso from start to finish. Give it a few years in the cellar to develop more nuances and soften, and it should be an even better wine. 91 pts.

2018 – La Louvière – Tobacco leaf, cedar, mint, red fruit and aromatic spices throughout. On the palate, the wine is elegant, fresh, supple and silky, with layers of fruit and tobacco in every swing, sniff and sip. The volume, depth and length here is something I’ve never seen before. The wine was excellent in the barrel, and I like it in the bottle. 93 pt.

2018 – La Louviere White – Much better in the bottle than in the barrel, you will now find lots of ripe, sweet, round and creamy yellow citrus, flowers, honey notes, crisp green apple and grapefruit. 93 pt.

2018 – La Louviere L de – A simple, uncomplicated and charming lemon wine for uncomplicated enjoyment. 86 pt.

2018 – La Mission Haut Brion Wit – A cornucopia of yellow, green and orange citrus accompanied by yellow tropical fruit, honeysuckle and spicy notes on the nose. Round, opulent, rich and long on the palate. The finish leaves layers of sweet, juicy Meyer lemons, crisp green apple, crushed stone and a hint of honey. Made from a blend of 57.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 42.6% Semillon. This is only the second time you’ve found more Sauvignon Blanc than Semillon in a blend. 97 pt.

2018 – La Mission La Chapelle de La Mission Haute Brion – Full, rich, deep and concentrated with ripe, smoky blackberry and dark red berry fruit. Smoke, tobacco, dark cocoa, espresso and the complexity of forest leaves add to the experience. The long, smoky, fruity finish really resonates. One of the best vintages for the Chapelle de la Missis Haute Brion. Hard to believe this is the second wine! The blend consists of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc. 94 pt.

2018 – La-Mission-Haut-Brion – Dark, red fruit and notes of blue fruit, cigar box, tobacco leaf, tar, smoke, espresso and campfire create an enticing aromatic profile. The wine is powerful, full-bodied and concentrated, taking up a lot of room on the palate. Lush, delicate in color, polished and energetic on the palate, the finish lingers with layers of smoky red, blue and black fruits, stone, tobacco leaf, oyster shell and smoke. I really like the length and the clean finish. The end of the note remained long after the wine had left my glass. The wine is a blend of 57.5% Merlot with 42.5%, 14.4% ABV. 99 pt.

2018 – Larrivet Haut Brion – Fresh, round, lush, polished, energetic wine with an elegant, silky texture and layers of perfectly polished, sweet, red fruit-scented tobacco leaves. Definitely the best vintage of Larrivet Haut Brion I have ever tasted! That should easily make for two decades of fun. 93pts.

2018 – Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc – This wine has really taken a leap in quality since its time in the barrel. The wine now gains weight and allows you to discover the complex flavor profile expressed in flowers, lemon, white peach and vanilla. Lush, round, juicy and fruity, the finish is supple, lively and full of delicious fruit. 93 pt.

2018 – La-Tour-Martillac – Vanilla, plum and smoky red fruit with floral notes make up the nose. Silky, medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, supple and juicy, with a slight hint of cocoa on the finish, this is one of the best, if not the best, vintages of La Tour-Martillac that I have ever tasted. The wines are a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. 93 pt.

2018 – La-Tour-Martillac White – Fresh and juicy with a perfect balance of pineapple, pomelo, honeysuckle, lemon and crushed stone. The wine is made from a blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc and 46% Semillon. 92 pt

2018 – Le Thil Comte Clary – Moist earth, flowers, black cherry and a slight hint of oak open the wine. Medium-bodied, forward, round and sweet, with juicy cherries, plums and cocoa on the palate, it’s lovely now. If not, give it a few years to get additional secondary grades and enjoy it for a decade. The wine is made from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 91 Pts
2018 – Le-Pape – Medium-bodied, with a core of fresh, ripe, elegant red fruit, the wine is soft, sweet, refined and energetic. The assertive style of the finish shows off its savory ripeness, red berries, dark chocolate, spices, herbs and tobacco leaf with ease. The wine combines 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 pt

2018 – Lespault-Martillac – Elegant, silky and supple, the wine is medium-bodied with layers of ripe, juicy fresh berries, flowers, plums, tobacco leaves and delicious spices on the palate and into a refined, energetic and polished finish. That would be great for graduation. 92 pt.

2018 – Lespault-Martillac Blanc – A freshly squeezed citrus that blends lemon and lime and hits all the right notes. The palate is juicy, sweet, fresh and creamy, with an impression of green apple, a touch of honey and freshly squeezed lemons. 92 pt.

2018 – Malartic Lagraviere – Deeply colored, this beauty is laced with licorice, smoke, tobacco, coffee and rich roasted red fruit on the nose. Lush, round, fruity and creamy, with waves of sweet black, red and blue fruit that just keep coming. Give it at least 5-7 years in the cellar and enjoy it for the next two decades. The wines are composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 95 pt.

2018 – Malartic Lagraviere Wit – With a strong beeswax character, the wine easily presents a nose of green apple, yellow citrus, lemon curd, vanilla and floral aromas. Bright, juicy, sweet and creamy, with stony accents on its layers of fruit, the sweetness and lift of the finish is there. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. 94 pts.

2018 – Malartic-Lagravière La Réserve de Malartic – medium-bodied, forward, fresh, bright, juicy red berries front and center. After the release, it will be perfect. Enjoy it while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 90 pt.

2018 – Malartic-Lagravière La Réserve de Malartic Blanc – Better in the bottle than in the barrel, the waxy lemon, floral and green apple character of this wine is simply stunning. Elegant, fresh and bright, with sweet yellow citrus and a slightly honeyed finish, this wine is ready to drink while waiting for the Grand Vin. 90 pt.

2018 – ChateauOlivier – Refined, soft, elegant, forward, sweet and infused with red cherry and plum, tobacco and smoke character, the wine finishes with a bright, fresh punch of sweet red fruit.

2018 – ChateauOlivier White – Crisp, bright and sweet with notes of Meyer lemon, pear and mango in the nose and mouth. Energetic, fruity and fresh, with a wonderfully creamy, lemony, bright finish of pineapple, it is already showing beautifully. 93 pt.

2018 – Olivier Le Dauphin d’ Olivier Blanc – Honeysuckle and lemons combine for a light, forward, early citrus finish. Enjoy it in the coming years as the great wine develops. 87 pts.

2018 – Pape Clement – Deep in color, the wine is filled with smoke, licorice, tobacco, dark red fruit and cedar. Rich, full and deeply fragrant, the lush, round, ripe and sweet fruit hits all the right notes you’re looking for. Give it ten years before it clogs up and enjoy it with ease for the next 20-25 years. The wine is made from a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 97 pt.

2018 – Pape Clement Blanc – Rich, juicy, creamy and full of Meyer lemon, cut grass, flowers, pomelo and tangerine – the wine just tastes and feels great. A luxurious texture, with layers of sweet yellow tropical fruit, citrus and flowers, a touch of honey and vanilla on the finish rounds it off nicely. The wine is made from 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Semillon and 4% Muscadelle. 96 pt

2018 – Clementine Ribbon Clementine White – Forward, medium-bodied, elegant expression of yellow citrus with notes of orange and pear. Soft, fresh and ready to use. You can taste this wine as soon as it is released, pending the development of the Grand Vin. 89 Coefficients

2018 – Clementin by Pope Clementin – Aromas of smoke, espresso and caramel combine with sweet red fruit to create a truly charming, early-ripening, supple and textured charm. 91 pt.

2018 – The Rochemorin is medium-bodied, soft, elegant, silky and refined, the wine is already strancing its stuff, so enjoy it on release. Drink it in the first decade of its life for its charm and freshness. 90 pt.

2018 – Rochemorin Blanc – Lemon, orange zest and green apples hit you as soon as you put your nose to the glass. The wine offers lots of sweet yellow citrus and pear on the finish. He’s ready for the big time after drinking 89 pts.

2018 – Rouillac – Medium-bodied, sweet, fresh, forward and fruity, with lots of ripe red fruit charm up front, drink early. It’s best when you’re young, so enjoy it for the next 7 years or so. 88 pt.

2018 – Smith Haut Lafitte – Deep, dark, almost black in color, the wine is laced with smoke, licorice, wet wood, spice box, cherry, black raspberry, espresso and dark chocolate that make for an exciting flavor profile. The wine is rich, deep, dense, concentrated, lush and sensual. There’s a lot going on here, but everything is in harmony. Most of the oak is already integrated, thanks to less time in the barrel and less roasting. This enhances the purity of the fruit and softens the expression, making it an exceptional wine that will age gracefully for decades to come. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Not much wine was produced because the harvest was less than half of the normal year. This might be my favorite vintage of Smith Haut Lafitte. 97pts.

2018 – Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc – Flowers, white peach, yellow citrus, pears, green apples and even a touch of vanilla with a hint of cantaloupe come through in the aromatic complexity. Balancing on a precipice of lushness and freshness, the richness of the fruit is soft, ripe, long, creamy and pleasant, allowing it to linger on the palate. This wine is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. 95 pt.

2018 – Smith Haut Lafitte Les Hauts de Smith – Tobacco, damp earth, cedar, smoky red berries and dark chocolate open the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, lush, sweet, fresh with round tannins, a soft texture, and a generous dose of plums wrapped in dark chocolate, spice, and espresso on the finish. This wine is perfect for restaurants or early consumption, which is what wine products are made for. The wine is made from a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 pt

2018 – Smith Haut Lafitte Les Hauts de Smith Blanc – Lemon freshness, with grapefruit, white peach and flowers opens up as soon as the cork drops. Fresh, sweet, bright and full of lemony yellow and green apples on the palate, this gem is ready for tonight’s dinner. 91 pt.

2018 – Le Petit Haut Lafitte – Aromas of cigar box, cedar, tobacco leaf, flowers, blackberry, currant, licorice, vanilla and black cherry shape the nose. The taste is round, soft, polished and fresh with good sweetness in the fruit, concentration and an aftertaste full of cocoa, cherries, liquorice, spices and espresso. This is the best vintage for Le Petit Haut Lafitte, and it will keep well for at least 12 years or more. The wine is made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 93 pt.

2018 – Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc – Round, ripe, sweet and brimming with zesty yellow citrus, lemon zest, almonds and tangerines, this wine is finished. I would drink it more in the next 3-5 years. 90 pt.

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