2018 Margot is not as consistent as the other big names in the Medoc. This can of course be partly explained by the size and diversity of the terroirs. But it’s also important to note that even though Margot isn’t always constant, 2 of the vintages are Margot! It is interesting to note that the best wines are usually found at the top of the Kantenak plateau.
Some of these soils were able to withstand the extremely wet winter months. But mold growth was a problem. Properties that quickly got the spread of mold under control were able to avoid losing much of their harvest. In some places, between 20% and almost 75% of the harvest has been lost.
It wasn’t just the wet winter and spring that caused problems. Plants here, like everywhere else on the Left Bank, needed enough water to survive the hot, sunny, parched summer months.
The harvest date was one of the determining factors for the 2018 Margaux. Some wineries started as early as noon. September with the harvest of the young vines. The harvest was finished on the 15th. October ended. This long selection period allowed many plots to reach the desired maturity. If you want to know more about the 2018 harvest in Bordeaux.
The styles and characteristics of the Margot name tend to reflect the will of the winery, and as of the 2018 Margot, this is the case. From 2018 Margot, all the wines are deeply colored. There are wines that are lush and sensual, powerful, with full body and rich texture, and others that are light, fresh and crisp. And of course, wine lovers will experience the elegance that the Margaux appellation is known for.
Philip Bascules of Chateau Margot finds that their 2018 concentration combines with their characteristic elegance. The exceptional weather conditions of 2018 have produced the most concentrated Château Margaux ever, yet 2018 is first and foremost a Château Margaux with its elegance, silkiness and charm.
The first challenge for the winegrowers was to cope with the incredibly wet winter and spring, which caused severe cases of mildew. Early in the year, conditions were disastrous due to the rapid growth of mold. At Chateau Palmer, it was so bad that they lost about 75% of their crop.
Manager Thomas Duro even recalls that he was afraid of losing the entire crop and his job! This is by far the hardest year I’ve had to endure in my entire career. I thought we were going to lose everything and my job too! But 2018 has become the most extravagant wine we’ve ever made!
Although Château Brane Cantenac is not that difficult, they have had problems with mold and the owner, Henri Lurton, has not been forgotten either. I vividly remember the threat of mold in early July. Day after day, constant vigilance was required to keep our vineyard in good condition while maintaining our natural strategy. This means that we cannot use too much copper to avoid the impact on our soil and its biodiversity.
At Chateau Giscourt, 2018 is a double whammy. During the production of one of the best wines in the history of their winery, the owner of the winery, Eric Albada Elgersma, who bought the winery over 25 years ago, passed away. Director Alexander van Beek loves Vintage for its vibrancy: 2018 is a balancing act. It’s bold, energetic and sophisticated.
The dry summer months have saved lives and created a vintage that allows some wineries to produce stunning wines. Emmanuel Cruz, owner of Chateau d’Issan, said of Margot in 2018: The best features of this vintage are its sensual textures, intensity and concentration.
The difficult start to the growing season not only significantly reduced yields, but also affected mixtures. Chateau Cantenac Brown director Jose Sanifins says 2018 is a unique year for their gathering. In 2018, we have the highest percentage of Cabernet at 72%.
In 2018, Margot isn’t just making great wine for Classified Vineyards. If you know where to look, some of the lesser known estates and many of Crewe’s mid-range wineries produce fantastic wines, as you can see from my tasting notes below.
The following 2018 Margaux wines were all tasted in my home office under non-blind conditions.
2018 – Brane Cantenac – Elegant, fresh and refined, the wine offers in its aroma layers of sweet, ripe and fresh red berries, smoke, flowers, damp earth, herbs, spice boxes and tobacco leaves. On the palate, the wine is silky, lifted, long and clean, with a nice depth of flavor on the finish. The wines are composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 96 pt.
2018 – Le Baron de Brane – Flowers and cassis combine perfectly in this medium-bodied, forward, soft, elegant, sweet, red berry-filled charm. Enjoy it while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 91 pnt.
2018 – Cantenac Brown – Concentrated, lush, voluminous structure, perfectly ripe, deep, dark and lush fruit on the nose and mouth. Full-bodied, velvety, structured in intensity, length and richness, give this wine at least 7 or more years of aging and it will be a great wine for the next 2 decades. The wines are a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 95 pt.
2018 – Charm – Sweet, refined, elegant Charm with medium flavors of plum and cherry from silky, fresh red stone fruit. Not the most concentrated, but I love the outstanding finish. This wine will be easy to drink on release and for the next 7-9 years. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Margot’s Trust – Resin, forest floor, damp earth, herbs, black cherry and currant dominate the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, non-alcoholic and easy to drink, with an earthy red fruit character. You can enjoy it on the way out. 87 pts.
2018 – dArsac – Flowers, tobacco, espresso and cherries open the nose. The wine is medium-bodied, sweet, fresh and fruity with a deft touch of oak and red seeds on the round finish. 90 pt.
2018 – Desmirail – Medium-bodied, with a fine edge to the slightly firm red fruit, you’ll find a mix of different bright red fruits here, from red plum to cranberry and dried berries on the nose and palate. Consumers nostalgic for the classic Bordeaux era will appreciate this more than I do. 87 pts.
2018 – Dayrem Valentine – Fresh, juicy, ripe red fruit with notes of coffee beans, damp earth and tobacco are light on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is moderately fruity, with an earthy, red fruit character. The tannins are soft and there is enough freshness here to give good energy. Give it 3 to 6 years in the bottle and it will be an even better wine. The wine is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. That’s a solid score from Margo’s title. 92pts.
2018 – dIssan – Silky, fresh, floral and pure, this beautiful Issan vintage is simply stunning. A bouquet of violets and lilacs with accents of tobacco leaf, cedar wood and crème de cassis enchants you at first sight. On the palate, the wine is refined, elegant and effortlessly displays its purity, freshness and silky smooth textures. Give it 7-9 years in the bottle and enjoy it for the next 2 years or more. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 95 pt.
2018 – Blason d’Issan – Flowers and spice combine nicely with ripe red stone fruit and tobacco. Medium-bodied, sweet and soft, with sweet cherry on the mid-palate and finish. Give this wine a year or two to mature and develop additional nuances, making it ideal for short-term consumption while the Grand Vin develops. 90 pt.
2018 – du Tertre is earthy, spicy with leaf tobacco, mint, flowers and red berries on the nose, the wine is energetic, soft and tender, polished in the tannins and lifted in the fruit. This is the best vintage that Le Tertre has ever produced. The wines are composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot and have very low yields. 93 pt.
2018 – Ferriere – Medium-bodied, fresh, with an emphasis on sweetness, red cherry, raspberry, flowers and earth. Supple, silky, fresh and brilliant, give it a few years in the cellar. The wines are a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Yields were quite low – 22 hectoliters per acre. 90 pt.
2018 – Jiscours – Floral in nature, find sweetness and purity in the deep red fruit along with a purple bouquet that quickly piques your interest. The wine is rich, sensual, silky, sexy and lively. The elegant, lushly structured finish is concentrated in width, length and energy, and is very pleasing to the palate. He should mature for at least three decades, but will begin to shine in 8-10 years. The wine is made in a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. 95 pt.
2018 – Haut Breton Larigaudière – Earthy to a fault, the wine offers smoke, espresso, chewy red fruit and a sweet, precocious character. You can enjoy it on the way out. 87 pts.
2018 – Kirwan – Medium-bodied, with layers of silky, soft, sweet red fruit, licorice and tobacco leaf, the wine is charming, refined and fresh. Give it 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy it for the next 15-20 years. 92 pts.
2018 – La Fortune – Medium-bodied wine with a supple texture and a bright, lifted, plummy, red fruit finish. The wine is as easy to taste as it is to drink. 90 pt.
2018 – La Tour de Mons – With a floral edge to the aroma, the wine is ripe, juicy, firm and fresh, with plenty of sweet, ripe, earthy red stone fruit and chewy tannins. The wine has a pleasing density and a soft, juicy mid-palate and finish. 91 pt
2018 – Labegorce – Beautiful aroma, with wet earth, spice, smoke, flowers, red berries and espresso is a stunner! The wine is full, rich and round, with a long finish full of polished, sweet red fruit and a silky texture. He should have matured for at least two decades. The wines are composed of 50% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 94 pt.
2018 – Lascombe – With a smoky nose of plums, espresso, licorice, cigar box and dark roasted red fruit, the wine is round, lush and full of espresso and dark chocolate that flies with all the ripe dark red berries on the finish. The integration of oak will take some time, so you need to be patient or very patient. 92 pt
2018 – Le Coteau – Earthy red fruit, tobacco, spice and leafy noses go well with sweet, medium-bodied, forward and early red fruit pits. You can easily drink this one to appreciate the charm at release and up to ten years later. 88 pt.
2018 – Malescot St. Exupery – Almost opaque in color, this full-bodied, aromatically textured, round, rich gem offers layers of ripe, sweet dark red fruit, licorice, espresso, plum, and cherry. The combination of velvety tannins, intensity and a full finish is perfect. If you can leave it alone for a decade or so, it will be a great wine to enjoy for the next two decades. 95 pt.
2018 – Château Margaux – Perfectly balanced between opulence and refinement, rich and elegant, this is a fine example of Château Margaux with intense notes of lilac, violet, cigar box, red fruit and espresso. On the palate, it has excellent concentration as well as freshness and depth of flavor, making the wine light and easy to drink with its silky texture. The seamless finish offers lots of energy, silky tannins and a great sense of pure fruit that just won’t quit. Made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, 14% ABV. 100 Pt
2018 – Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux – Elegant, refined and aromatic with easily discernible notes of flowers, smoky spices, cigar box and ripe red fruit. Medium-bodied, soft, fresh and silky, everything seems incredibly balanced on the palate. It needs 3 to 4 years of aging before it is ready to be consumed. The wine is made from a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% 94 pts.
2018 – Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux – Fresh, bright, crisp and juicy, the lemons, grapefruit and green apple are enhanced by a deft touch of orange zest and honeysuckle. Creamy, juicy and crisp with a lemon infused finish, it’s ready now and can easily age for at least another 10-15 years. 95 pt.
2018 – Marohallia – Smoky, espresso, licorice, spice, blackberry and barbecue flavors pair perfectly with the rich, rounded, polished, lush, sparkling, sweet, dark red and berry filled mid-palate and finish. This modern style Margot combines 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. 92 pt
2018 – Clos Margalaine – Filled with juicy, round, sweet black red fruit, espresso and a touch of spice, the wine finishes with notes of strong black coffee and red plums. You can enjoy it on the way out. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Marquis dAlesme is soft, silky, fresh, concentrated, rich, full and filled with layers of perfectly ripe, sweet and silky textured red and black fruit. The weight, depth of flavor, complexity, length and luxurious finish are simply amazing. It has a long future ahead of it, with at least two or three decades of positive evolution. The wine is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 95 pt.
2018 – Marquis de Terme – Smoke, black raspberry, espresso, wet earth, truffle, plum and currant combine to form a fabulous nose. Luxurious, silky, polished, soft and sweet, the fruit is as good as it tastes and finishes. 94 pts.
2018 – Palmer – Black in color, the wine is completely opaque. On the palate you will find an incredibly concentrated, fresh, bright, vibrant, lush and refined wine that is a rare combination. The texture is of silk and velvet and touches every nook and cranny of your taste buds. The purple infusion, deep earthy aroma and layers of decadent, sweet, luscious ripe fruit are impossible to resist. There is a great sense of purity that comes through, although it improves on the finish. The finish with all its plums, black cherries, cocoa and cranberries goes beyond 60 seconds. This is a legendary vintage for Palmer. But give it time. It’s easy to enjoy when you’re young, but the best days are yet to come, so give it 12-15 years and enjoy it for at least two decades or more. The blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, 14.3% ABV, produced a surprisingly low yield – just 11 hectoliters per acre – exactly the same as Palmer’s 1961! 100 Pt
2018 – Paul de Luz – Espresso, butterscotch, red fruit, flowers and spice emerge on the nose. The fruits of the earth and tobacco quickly appear in the air. Medium-bodied, with a sweetness and firm quality of tannins, wait 3 to 5 years before you start to appreciate it. 91 pt.
2018 – Prior-Lishin – The nose combines black, red and blue fruit, smoke, espresso and spice. The wine is rich, concentrated, lush, round and polished. The fruit is ripe, dark, expressive and is joined by coffee beans, licorice and hints of dark cocoa on the mid-palate and finish. 94 pts.
2018 – Rauzan Segla – A contender for Rauzan Segla’s best vintage in the world. This wine has it all, starting with a complex aroma that already reveals lilac, violet, tobacco leaf, forest floor, espresso and an array of red and black fruits. On the palate, the wine shines with depth of flavor, power, concentration, a sensual and elegant texture, and a silky, velvety finish lasting 60 seconds or more. Give it ten years or a little more and this beauty will shine for another two or three decades. The wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot 14% ABV. 98 pt.
2018 – Segla – Supple, silky, fresh and fruity, the wine is forward and ready to drink and immediately lets you experience all the sweet, ripe, black cherry, currant, floral and earthy nuances. It’s the perfect wine to order off a restaurant menu. 91 pt.
2018 – Syran – The wine shows good depth of color and starts with flowers, forest floor, espresso, tobacco leaf, spice and a hint of truffle. On the palate, the wine is round, lush, full-bodied and carries its sweet fruit beautifully. There is depth, length and energy here. You can enjoy them for at least 20 years or more. The wine is composed of 45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV. 93 pt.
frequently asked questions
What is Margot’s best wine?
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In this Bordeaux wine guide you will discover the best wines of Margaux, combining power and elegance, silky tannins and sensual textures. Aromas of ripe blackcurrants, truffles, tobacco and violets characterize the wines from this region, located in the southern part of the Médoc.
Is 2018 a good year for Bordeaux?
2018 was a great vintage for red Bordeaux, with powerful, full-bodied, rich wines in most appellations. 2018 was a good to very good year for dry whites, with some sweet and attractive whites from a long, dry vintage that did not succumb to noble rot.
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