En Primeur Week 2018 - Days 1 & 2

We arrived in Bordeaux for en primeur week 2018 on Sunday and immediately travelled to meet with our friends at Vins des Crus in Bordeaux. Francis Anson laid on an impressive array of samples from the 2017 vintage and as we took our first nervous steps forward in tasting what this frost-hit and heterogeneous vintage had in store for us, and we were all very pleasantly surprised! From our initial tasting, the cru Classe wines of the Saint Julien appellation are particularly impressive so early on, in spite of the meteorological and viticultural challenges they've had to overcome.

Tasting the 2017s at Vins des Crus

Particular highlights for me came in the form of Beychevelle, which had very well integrated tannins, a smooth cassis core and a lovely vein of minirality running through it with a delightfully long finish, and Leoville Barton which is a superb offering from Lillian Barton and her team. The Barton had a seductively aromatic nose with cassis billowing out of the glass and a voluptuous mouthfeel with lovely fresh, ripe fruit, supple and slightly grippy tannins and even better length on the finish: a tremendously delicious wine!