The best Saint-Emilion wines of 2018 are excellent! They are everything fans of the title could have hoped for. All wines are deeply colored. The aromas range from flowers to red, black and blue fruits, wet earth, crushed stone, cocoa, truffle and licorice. The level of concentration of the best wines is even better. And they end up with desirable, velvety, luscious, sexy textures.

Pierre Olivier Clouet, technical director of Château Cheval Blanc at Rue Saint-Emilion 2018: Our wines are rich and opulent and perfectly reflect the DNA of the château. What makes it special is the balance between density and insensitivity, between freshness and ripeness.

Yes, there are leaks. There are producers who have used too much new oak, or too much oak. But overall, the 2018 Saint-Émilion wines are a wonderful expression of their terroir. How did all this happen?

St Emilion 2018 was not an easy harvest for the winemakers. The winter was mild, but very wet. Due to the very cold weather in February, the buds broke later than usual, in April. But in one spring, the right bank experienced the wettest start to the growing season in history. Between January and July, 550 to 600 mm of rain soaked the vineyards, causing most soils to become soggy.

With all this uninterrupted water, Stéphanie de Boire, owner of Château Angelus, initially doubted the vintage’s potential. Personally, I see this as a complicated vintage that has suddenly become glorious because we don’t have much hope left. It’s a bit like 2000, which started very badly and ended just as gloriously.

The incessant rain has allowed the fungus to strike fast and hard. Saint-Imilion’s 2018 vintage was saved by dramatic weather changes that began in mid-summer. While early July was still wet, the rest of the growing season developed into the warmest, driest and sunniest glass since 2003 by the end of July!

From July to harvest, there was almost no rain. It remained warm, sunny and dry until the end of harvest, allowing the winemakers to harvest at their own pace. Juliette Beko Château Beau-Seur Beko talks about the harvest: 2018 is the longest harvest in our history. It took 16 days to collect just half a day, which was due to the high heat at the time. These half days gave us the opportunity to pick berries in very cool temperatures. Sometimes it was between 35/37° in the afternoon!

According to consultant Nicholas Thienpoint, the conditions of the 2018 vintage affected the terroirs in several ways: We love the expression on our clay and limestone soils. Wines from clay soils are deeper and fresher, while limestone soils offer more mineral and chalky expressions.

As I mentioned earlier, the harvest was perfect in warm, sunny and dry conditions. In 2018, production at several locks decreased by 10-20%. But as you can see in the tasting notes below, the quality has increased! If you want to know more about the 2018 harvest in Bordeaux.

Stefan von Neipperg, owner of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, explains the 2018 expression: In 2018 we find powerful wines with full tannins. But they are never too ripe or too fat. The wine has a good maturity, it ripens and develops.

The following 2018 St. Emilion wines were tasted earlier this year in my home office under non-blind conditions. I tasted a record number of St Emilion wines. 191 in total! Because there are so many wines in this review, as you can see, the 2018 Saint-Emilion has been divided into 3 separate articles.

Saint Emilion 2018 tasting notes page. 1

2018 – Adaugusta – medium-bodied, round, sweet, red fruit forward with a slight hint of spice, licorice and cocoa. You can benefit from it immediately after graduation and for the next 7 to 10 years. 88 pt.

2018 – Alvern – Espresso, spice, plum and earth permeate this medium-bodied, easy to hold and drinkable wine with a fruity finish from start to finish. 89 Coefficients

2018 – Angelus has an opaque color, a scent of wet earth, black cherry, black raspberry, plum liqueur, chocolate, flowers, smoke and licorice are intoxicating. The lush nature, cashmere-like textures that accompany all these unpretentious layers of decadent ripe fruit work together in perfect harmony. He could end up in the triple digits if he keeps going in the right direction, which I think he will. In 2018, you have an evolution, not a revolution; there is a slight change in style, towards a more refined elegance, while still maintaining all your strength. The wine is made from a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. In 2018, only the oldest Cabernet Franc vines were used for the blend. 99 pt

2018 – Angelus Chime – Better in the bottle than in the barrel, this baby version of Angelus stellar hits all the right notes. Lush, rich, ripe and sophisticated texture, everything sweet, ripe, plum, cherry, licorice and cocoa tastes like pure silk. Enjoy it while waiting for Château Angelus to mature. The wine is made from 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 93 pt.

2018 – Angelus #3 – Tones of cigar box, espresso, spicy plums and licorice are your entry here. Medium-bodied and already easy to drink, it is soft, elegant, fruity and cocoa-like, charming. It is ideal for restaurant orders because it is completely ready to use. 90 pt.

2018 – Ausone – With a depth of flavor that makes it seem like they’ve managed to pack a magnum into a bottle, all about its intensity and incredible sense of minerality and purity. A rich, fabulously concentrated, deep, seamless finish topping 60 seconds is a velvety, black, blue, and red fruit, spice, smoke, earth, licorice, rocks, stones, and oyster shells. Cashmere tannins, and the mood is energetic. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, 14.5% ABV. If you have the money, there are very few wines of this level of quality produced by any winery in the world. 100 Pt

2018 – Ozone Chapel – Fresh, bright, stony and mineral black and red fruit with precision, length, purity, lush, soft texture and a full finish of ripe, sweet plums, cherries, malt, smoke and espresso. It’s hard to believe this is their second wine. 94 pts.

2018 – Badet – Deeply colored, with an assertive nose of espresso, licorice, cocoa, black cherry and smoke, the wine is concentrated, rich, ripe, round, lush and fruity. The wine has energy and length on the palate and an opulent finish with lots of sweet black fruit, licorice, oak and chocolate. The wine is made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 94 pts.

2018 – Balestard La Tonnelle – Medium-bodied, soft, sweet and silky with licorice, spice, espresso and earth accents. A polished finish of red fruit and stones seals the deal. 92 pt

2018 – Bard Haut – Dark in color, this sensual, rich and flamboyant wine rises from the glass with polished red and black fruits, licorice, espresso, minerals and dark cocoa. Concentrated, opulent and forward-thinking, this is one of the best vintages of Barde Haut ever released! The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 94 pts.

2018 – Beau Sejour Becot – A deeply colored wine that stands out above all for its sensuality. The texture of the wine is silky and velvety, with layers of sweet, aromatic plums, cherries, smoke and licorice. This wine has fabulous depth of flavor, seamless textures, brilliance and purity of fruit and is simply stunning. The silky smooth finish envelops the mouth with the aroma and essence of pure fruit as it matures and develops. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. If I hadn’t tasted the 2019 or heard about the 2020, I’d say this is the best vintage Beau-Sejour Becot has ever made. 97 pt.

2018 – Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse – With all the necessary richness, density and concentration, you will also find endless waves of perfectly ripe black, blue and dark red fruit, pebbles, rocks, licorice, smoke, flowers and espresso. You’ll find intensity, purity, minerality, silky, velvety tannins, and a 60-second finish that doesn’t let up. The grape variety consists of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,150 boxes were produced. 99 pt.

2018 – Belair Mononge – The wine here gets better and better every year. And 2018 is no exception. The color alone, with its dark purple ink tone, tells you that something special is waiting for you. There is an incredible intensity of flavor here. Layers of stones, rocks, black plums, blueberries and black cherries accompanied by flowers, spice boxes, licorice and chocolate rise. But it is the richness of the silky, velvety fruit that envelops your palate, making it stand out from the crowd! A flawless 60 second finish seals the deal! Over time, this number will likely increase to three digits. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it should age 2 to decades without much effort. 99 pt.

2018 – Bellefont-Belcier – Elegant, refined, concentrated, silky, fresh and pure, this beautiful wine exudes all the rock, stone, flowers, licorice, spices, cherries, plums and blackberries one could wish for. The wine offers length, complexity and freshness, but can also mature and evolve. The wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged in a combination of new and used French oak, with 10% aged in amphorae. 95 pt.

2018 – Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru – Chocolate covered cherries abound here. Soft, silky, sexy, lush and rich with layers of dark cocoa topped with black and red fruits, licorice and smoke. It feels as good as it tastes. This gem will make for great drinks for at least two decades or more. 95 pt.

2018 – Bellevue-Mondotte – Intense mineral drive, there are gravel, stones and marine influences on the nose and in the air here. Full-bodied, dense and full of flavor with lots of ripe, dark red fruit and black core. Give this full-bodied, rich, concentrated, tannic young wine at least ten years in the cellar before pulling the cork. The wine is made from 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 97 pt.

2018 – Berlique – Smoke, espresso, licorice, flowers, red fruit and crushed stone lightly emerge. The purity of fruit, silky texture, lift and length make this beauty an exception. The wine has volume, depth, complexity and a velvety finish. The wine combines 78% Merlot with 22% Cabernet Franc. 94 pts.

2018 – Butisse – Lush, rich, ripe, fruity and just explosive thanks to all the sweetness, cherries and plums. The fruit has a good sense of purity, length and complexity. It’s one of the best values in St. Louis. Emilion today! 93pts.

2018 – Cadet Bon – Sweet, fresh, ripe and juicy, licorice, espresso, creamy finish with black cherry filling. Leave it in the basement for a while before unplugging. 91 pt.

2018 – Calichem – Dark cherries, plums and roasted blackberries are combined with a refined blend of dark chocolate, licorice, espresso and smoke. The wine is rich, concentrated, round, ripe and tannic, so it needs at least 5 years in the cellar to fully express its opulent qualities. The fruit comes from a plot of 100% old Merlot vines planted in 1961. 93 pt.

2018 – Canon – Wow, that’s what I’m talking about! Flowers and stones abound, with sweet, perfectly ripe cherries and plums offering incredible purity. Elegant, silky and sexy, with a seamless finish that gracefully envelops your palate with endless layers of ripe, sensual fruit and cashmere-like tannins. It’s easy to drink. That would be a triple-digit amount for 2015, when the money is due. The wines are composed of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV. 99 pt.

2018 – Croix Canon – Medium-bodied, fresh, refined, sweet red fruits with a soft texture offer a nice introduction to Grand Vin. You can drink it now while his big brother matures and develops. 91 pts.

2018 – Canon La Gaffeliere – Aromatically, the blend of truffles, flowers, mint, smoke, red stone fruit, licorice and spice remains intriguing, but the star of the show is the minerality, fresh, vibrant, silky smooth, sophisticated waves of roasted, ripe red fruit and spice. Long, complex, elevated and bright, the fruit persists and spreads across the palate from the mid-palate to the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 96 pt

2018 – Cantine is lush, opulent, full-bodied, with notes of licorice, plum and cherry with a chocolate glaze, abundant fruit, meat and raven. This wine is delicious from the moment it is released and you can enjoy it for about 15 years. 91 pts.

2018 – Cantine is juicy, lush, full-bodied, with licorice, plum and chocolate-covered cherry fruit, flesh and gusto. This wine is delicious from the moment it is released and you can enjoy it for about 15 years. 91 pts.

2018 – Cap de Mourlin – Smoked plum, espresso and licorice notes on the nose and palate work well here. Medium-bodied, with a soft, supple, elegant texture and sweet red fruit on the finish. That would be great, right away. 92 pt.

2018 – Capet-Guillier – Medium-bodied, forward, round and lush, with oak notes and green leaf accents to go with the cherries, licorice and plums. Give him a few years off to sort it all out. 90 pt.

2018 – Carto – Lots of chocolate covered cherries, plums and licorice in a sweet, medium bodied, supple textured style that is already very tasty and easy to drink. 90 pt.

2018 – Chauvin – With a strong floral focus, the wine adds wet earth, licorice and plum to its nuances. Medium-bodied, soft and silky, with sweet dark red berries and thyme on the palate and finish, there is good freshness and complexity here. 92 pt

2018 – Cheval Blanc – If there were awards for sensuality, this piece of jewelry would take the trophy. Incredibly sexy, with its velvety, soaked texture, silky tannins and lush personality, this wine stands out. The nose is attractive with its fragrant display of flowers, plums, cherries, espresso, licorice, dark cocoa, and oyster shells. The seamless finish exceeds 60-seconds with a continuous display of concentrated, perfectly ripe, dark, sweet red fruit, chocolate, licorice and spice. If you can afford it, this wine should be in your cellar and you’ll want to let it age for at least 15 years before drinking a bottle. The wines were made from 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% ABV. This wine is a legend in the making. 100 Pt

2018 Le Petit Cheval – Medium-bodied, elegant, floral and silky, this baby Cheval Blanc shows its sweet plum, cherry and licorice character from the start. Round, balanced, forward and with a nice silky mouthfeel, this wine offers a lot of Cheval character at a fraction of the price. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Only 8% of the crop was made into wine this year, so it will be hard to find. 93 pt.

2018 Le Petit Cheval Bordeax White – Bright yellow, fresh and lively, citrus, honeysuckle, green apple, lemon peel and a touch of vanilla on the nose and palate work here. The wine is lively, creamy, fresh and leaves a fresh, sweet and lemony finish. The wine is a blend of 74% Sauvignon Blanc and 26% Semillon. 95 pt.

2018 – Clavis Orea – Dark in the nose and mouth, the wine is lush, rich, ripe, fruity, meaty and polished, with a big explosion of lush, sweet fruit on the palate and a hedonistic finish. Give it a few years to become an even better wine. 93 pt.

2018 – Clos Badon Thunevin – Medium-bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the red fruit offers sweetness and purity. Medium and cooked, it’s already delicious. 90 pt.

2018 – Clos de Sarpe – The bruised berries on the rocks say it all. The wine is full, concentrated, dense and intense, expressing a strong mineral component with a core of ripe dark red fruit, round, rich, deep, dense and thick. There are also floral, thyme and spicy nuances with all the crushed rock on the fruit-driven finish. The wine contains 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. This could be the best vintage produced here. Give it 10-12 years in the cellar and it will probably score even higher. 96 pts.

2018 – Clos des Jacobins – Espresso, smoke, plum, licorice and black cherry come together easily on the nose and palate. The wine has a rich texture, is lush and fresh, with a sweetness in all the plums and cherries found on the finish. He is doing very well and will improve with age. 93pts.

2018 – Clos des Prince – Licorice, coffee bean, plum and incense in a medium-bodied, forward, lighter style with a bright, cherry and spice finish. That’s the best way to do it when you’re young. 87pts.

2018 – Clos Dubreuil – Go past the oak nose for ripe, plum, cherry, licorice, chocolate and smoky aromas. On the palate, you’ll discover all the sweet, polished, richly textured black cherry, licorice and ripe plum you love so much. Give it 3-5 years in the cellar and enjoy it with ease for 2 decades. 93 pt.

2018 – Clos Dubreuil Anna – Forward, early, fruity charm perfect for the upcoming drinking period while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 86 pt.

2018 – Clos Fourtet – Black in color, the wine is quite floral in nature, adding character to all the beautifully ripe red and black fruit, spice, dark chocolate, licorice, espresso and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, concentrated and with great depth of flavor, the long finish accentuates freshness, rich, lush texture and purity. 97 pt.

2018 – Clos Junet – Thyme, smoke, sweetener, espresso and red fruit open the nose of this medium-bodied, sweet, juicy and fresh wine that finishes with notes of licorice, dark cocoa, black cherry and plum. It comes out better in the bottle than in the keg. You can enjoy it immediately, or let it mature for more complexity. 90 pt.

2018 – Clos Les Grandes Versannes – Tones of espresso, smoke, roasted cherry and spice on the nose combined with a soft, bright, crisp, juicy, fruity and medium-bodied palette. You can enjoy it on the way out. 89 Coefficients

2018 – Clos Romanile – Deeply colored, this wine expresses its espresso grain, smoke, plum and cherry character with ease. Medium-bodied, round, polished and fruity, finishing with ocean and chocolate notes. You can give it some time in the cellar to soften it and make it more complex. 90 pt.

2018 – Close Saint-Julien – Clearly on the wooded side. But once you get past the oak, you discover a mineral-rich, red currant-soaked, medium-bodied, elegant, spicy, fresh, floral wine that offers plenty of energy. It needs at least 7 years or more in the cellar to soften and allow the oak to integrate better. The wine is made from an equal ratio of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. 93 pt.

2018 – Clos St. Pierre Martin – Sexy, silky, velvety texture, sweet ripe fruit coats the palate. The balance of weight, depth and lush textural layers of fruit is perfect. Rich, lush and sensual, this decadent offering from the St. Emilion plateau will be enjoyed for at least two decades, if not longer. 97 pt.

2018 – Clos-de-lOratoire – Truffle, flowers, licorice, mint and red fruit are ubiquitous here. Silky and refined, with a salty top note in the tannins that accompany all the ripe and fresh red fruit. The wine contains 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 93 pt.

2018 – Corbin – Elegant, refined, silky and fresh, with wonderful purity and symmetry in the fruit. The sweetness of the red stone fruit in the nose, mouth and aftertaste leaves a lasting impression. The wine combines 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. As I said at the barrel tasting, this is the best vintage of Corbin produced to date! 93 pt.

2018 – Cote de Baleau – Medium bodied, sweet, elegant, forward with a nice floral note in the nose, silky, sweet, cherries and plums with licorice and just the right touch of chocolate in the nose and mouth. Give it a few years of cellaring and it should be a wonderful drink for at least 10-15 years after that. 91 pts.

2018 – Kuder – Powerful notes of incense, espresso, spice, red berries and smoke easily penetrate the nose. Luxurious, round, soft and fresh, with layers of silky smooth fruit. If the oak is integrated during the aging process, it will be an even better wine. 91 pt

2018 – The Couspaude is round, powerful, fruity, oaky and smoky, with lots of espresso, licorice, chocolate and black cherry. Wine forward, leaving a firm layer of ripe, sweet black cherries. 92 pt.

2018 – Monastery of the Jacobins – There are chocolate covered plums and cherries everywhere. The wine is silky, polished, sweet and fruity with layers of sweet plums, licorice and gravel from start to finish. 92 pt.

2018 – Croix de Labrie – Tones of espresso, plum, smoke, incense, black coffee, black cherry and wet earth on the nose and palate. The wine is rich, ripe, lush, full, round and fruity. The fruit is ripe, sweet, lush and fresh, with real persistence, silky tannins and freshness. The wines are a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is Hubert de Boire’s second year as a consultant to the Cross of Labrie Promenade. 95 pt.

2018 – Chapelle de Labrie – Lush, sweet and silky with a core of cherry wrapped in cocoa, licorice, smoke and espresso, this forward, round and fruity wine is already showing well. It’s perfect to enjoy for the next few years while he waits for his big brother to develop. 92 pt.

2018 – Dassault – Smoky, with espresso in the background, licorice and plums in the nose. Lush, round and forward, with a strong hint of oak on the finish, so give it time to integrate better and show off all its sweet, juicy dark red fruit. 91pts.

2018 – Dassault de D – Light, fruity, forward, early alcohol, red fruit and caster oriented, cocoa driven, ready to drink on release. 84 operations

2018 – Daugai – There is licorice, spice and ripe dark fruit everywhere. The wine is sweet, juicy and fresh with a nice hint of crushed rocks, oyster shells and ripe red fruit from start to finish. 90 pt.

2018 – the Candale – In the nose, notes of caramel, espresso, plum and cherry appear. Medium-bodied, fresh and bright, with sweet, round red fruits that I let finish. The wine will be good when it comes out. 90 pt.

2018 – from Ferrand – Elegantly soft, fresh and sweet, medium-bodied, silky, red fruit caster that shows much better in bottle than in barrel. You can appreciate it from the youth side. 91 pt

2018 – Destieux – Espresso, smoke, licorice, toast and plums are what you notice first. Modern in style, with round, powerful textures, the wine is lush, showing good fruit and intensity, but needs time to better integrate the oak. 90 pt.

2018 – du Parc – Spicy red fruit, fresh, soft and sweet with olive and espresso character on the finish. 89 Coefficients

2018 – Faugeres – Dark in color, the wine hits you right away with licorice, chocolate covered cherries, plums, smoke and espresso. Luxurious, polished, rich and velvety, good density, lift and length here. This is an advanced style of wine and should be tasty for a few more years, if you can keep it to yourself that long. The wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. 93 pt.

2018 – Faurie de Souchard – The wine shows much better in bottle than in barrel, a nose of espresso beans, plum, black cherry, flowers and licorice once the wine enters the glass. Soft, supple, round and juicy, the fruit provides a good sense of purity in the mouth and on the finish. 92 pt

2018 – Figeac – Almost on par with the perfect 2016. This beautiful wine is dark and black in color with a complex aromatic profile of flowers, licorice, spices, black and red fruits and espresso beans. The wine shows a wonderful sense of purity of fruit, which is best expressed in the concentrated, velvety texture and the luxurious, silky, sensual palate. This great wine needs at least a decade before it is at its peak. The wine is made from a blend of 37% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc. 98 pt.

2018 – Petit-Figeac – Red berries, cigar wrap, espresso and earthy notes make up the aroma. The wine is medium-bodied, sweet, refined, elegant and lifted, cherry-like, with a supple, textured finish. It is ready and perfect to enjoy while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 90 pt.

2018 – Fleur Cardinale – Full, round, lush and polished, this is a richly structured wine with espresso, dark chocolate, licorice and dark red fruit. The wine is round, full and rich with an endless supply of dark chocolate and ripe fruit. The wines are a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 94 pt.

2018 – Fleur Cardinale Intuition – The first wine of Fleur Cardinale’s new second wine isr Round, unctuous and forward with a chocolatey plum and licorice melt that Reeve will taste today in anticipation of the development of its big sister. 90 pt.

2018 – Fombrauge – Smoky, with a heavy dose of licorice, espresso, chocolate fudge, black cherry and plum, this is a concentrated, rich, full-bodied wine with soft texture with layers of ripe, juicy, gourmet fruit. Leave it in the cellar for at least two years to allow the oak to integrate better. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 92 pt

2018 – Fonbel – Better in the bottle than in the barrel, this wine offers spicy fruit, flowers and licorice on the nose. The wine was full-bodied, with additional layers of silky texture, sweet and fresh red fruit with a slight touch of oak on the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot. 93 pt.

2018 – Fonroque – This finesse style wine is fresh, soft, sweet, silky and fruity with a medium-bodied red berry infused fruit core. It is already disarmingly easy to drink, but should mature and develop for at least 12-15 years. 90 pt.

2018 – Francis Bigaru – A light, red berry infused wine with spice and olive characters to enjoy early. 84 trades

2018 – Franc-Lartigue – Sweet, juicy, medium-bodied, fresh, bright cherry and licorice are perfect for early drinking. 88 pt.

2018 – Franc-Mayne – Medium-bodied, elegant, soft, fresh and sweet, with a great sense of purity of fruit. All this sweet fruit is accompanied by an elevation, energy, length and richness not found in previous vintages. The finish has a silky texture. 92 pt.

2018 – Fran-Pipo – Plum, cherry, smoke and spice are beautifully packaged in this hypnotic, supple-textured, medium-bodied, licoricey, fruity early. You can enjoy it on the way out. 88pts.

2018 – The gourds are medium-bodied, sweet and fresh with a core of sweet, ripe cherries. This wine should be enjoyed in its youth for its red cherry profile. 85 pts.

2018 – Gracia – black and red fruits, espresso beans, licorice and dark cocoa are ubiquitous. The wine is round, concentrated, rich and lush, with stone and spice accents to all that deep, ripe fruit on the finish. Leave it in the basement for 4 or 5 years before disconnecting. The wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 94 pts.

2018 – Grand Ponte – round, lush, sweet, forward and fruity, with lots of cocoa, licorice, black cherry, spice and chocolate, it is already drinking beautifully and will only get better after a few years of aging. 90 pt.

2018 – Grand Barrel-Lamarzelle – Black cherry, fig and flowers come through nicely in this medium-bodied, forward, fresh, juicy and earthy wine. Give it a few years to mature and become more refined and it should get even better. 88 pt.

2018 – Grand Corbin – Medium-bodied, elegant, sweet, floral and lifted, the red fruits are as soft as they are silky, finishing with licorice, cherries and plums. Let it age for a few years and it will be an even better wine. 92 pt.

2018 – Grand Corbin Despagne – Medium-bodied, floral, refined, elegant, silky, plump and with lots of ripe, sweet cherries, the wine is light on its feet, in a good way. With lift and energy, this stunning beauty will look like new in just a few years. 92 pt

2018 – Grandes Murailles – Medium-bodied, silky, fresh, sweet and bright, the fruit accompanies the crushed and rocky, floral, licorice, cocoa and espresso notes. It has texture, length and complexity, is already very flavorful and will only get better with a few years. Made from 100% old Merlot vines, the wine is aged in a combination of 65% new French oak, 20% amphorae and 20% used oak barrels. 93 pt.

2018 – Grangey – A solid core of earthy fruit, smoke and licorice with woody undertones stands out. It is round with a nice hint of crushed rock and red berries on the finish. 90 pt.

2018 – Grangey Les 5 Parcelles – Bright, fresh, lifted red fruits with good energy come from this medium-bodied, crisp, spicy, red berry-filled wine. Give it a few years to fill out and it could score even higher. 91 pts.

2018 – Gwade – medium-bodied, crisp red fruit, smoke, leafy herbs and olives to enjoy early. 88 pt.

For more information on the 2018 St Emilion wines, see the St Emilion Wine Guide Volume 2 for H-L wines and the 2018 St Emilion Wine Guide Volume 3 for M-Z wines.

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