The 2018 Bordeaux white wines are the product of a hot and very dry summer. Temperatures remained warm and dry at the end of the summer. While this situation was perfect for red grapes, 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.
2018 Blended white Bordeaux wines. There are clearly some very good white wines produced in 2018. But this is not the case for all locks. At their best, the wines are ripe, aromatic, fruity, round and soft, with creamy tannins and notes of tropical fruit and honeysuckle on the nose. But because of the heat and lack of water, some wines don’t have the pronounced acidity I look for in a white Bordeaux.
Many 2018 Bordeaux whites are already enjoyable to drink. But many will not make the old bones. Interestingly, Bordeaux whites from the Left Bank and St. Emilion were often quite good in 2018. Lovers of these wines should definitely try them.
The following 2018 Bordeaux whites were all tasted in my home office in early 2021 under non-blind conditions. Sweet white Bordeaux is the subject of a separate report.
2018 – Bonnat Blanc-Graves – Light, fresh and sweet citrus with orange and pineapple notes to enjoy early. 85 pt.
2018 – Bonnet Blanc-Bordeaux – Creamy, juicy, sweet wine with lemon cream and grapefruit and a finish of honeysuckle. 87 pts.
2018 – Bouscaut Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 – Brondelle White-Graves – Light, easy drinking, forward with fresh yellow citrus character on the finish. 84 transactions
2018 – Cantelys Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Fruity, sweet, fresh and without too much fuss showing off its white peach, vanilla and citrus, you can pour this prized white Bordeaux to your heart’s content. Enjoy it for the next 3 to 5 years. 90 pt.
2018 – Carbonnieux Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Aromas of lemon, lime and flowers immediately emerge. Sweet and juicy, fresh and with a creamy, yellow and citrus character on the palate, it offers plenty of pleasure… 91 pt
2018 – Carbonnieux La Croix de Carbonnieux Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Fresh, light, citrus forward, full early drinkability with a hint of white peach on the finish. Drink it for the next few years. 85 pt.
2018 – Chantegrive Blanc-Graves – Sweet, fresh, juicy, bursting with grapefruit, lemon and white peach in the nose and juicy, creamy and structured in the mouth. It’s perfect for a drink in the near future. 90 pt.
2018 – Chantegrive Caroline-Graves – Lemon, pear, honeysuckle and green apple fruit are ripe, juicy and fresh. Creamy texture with freshness and lots of pomelo and lemon on the finish, this wine shows really well. 92 pt.
2018 – Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent-Bordeaux – Rich, lush, creamy, juicy, fruity and just right to drink, this ready-made treat makes as much as Meyer lemon, pineapple and fresh-pressed pear. 91 pts.
2018 – Clos des Lunes Lune d’Or-Bordeaux – This is a great example of a Dry Grasshopper. You’ll find plenty of white peach, pineapple, sweet lemon and Anjou pears. Creamy in texture, with just the right balance of sweet and fresh, it’s ready for prime time. 92 pt.
2018 – Clos Marsalette Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Aromas of flowers, green apples, lemon curd, honeysuckle and pomelo combine perfectly with fresh, juicy and delicate flavors. 91 pt.
2018 – Cos d’Estournel Blanc-Bordeaux – Freshly squeezed grapefruit, lemon peel, flowers, crushed and sprinkled vanilla smell good. The wine is rich, creamy, fresh, juicy and crisp with the addition of sweet lemon, vanilla, lime and green apple that blend perfectly on the palate. 95 pt.
2018 – Les Pagodes de Cos Blanc-Bordeaux – Forward, fresh, fruity with sweet yellow citrus, orange zest and the perfect touch of honey to soften the lush, juicy finish. This was done in its entirety. 91 pt.
2018 – Kuhini Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 – Cucchini La Gravette Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Aromas of lemon, mint and peach leather continue, a wine that is already drinkable, light and ready for daily drinking. 87 pts.
2018 – de France Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Honeysuckle, lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, tropical fruit and green apple pie combine perfectly in this fresh, sweet, juicy and creamy wine. 91 pt.
2018 – Doisy-Daene Grand Vin Sec-Bordeaux – Light honeyed yellow citrus with green apple and mango in a round, forward, early style. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Domaine de Chevalier Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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-Pessac-Léognan – Bright lemon yellow, fresh, crisp and juicy with notes of orange peel, green apple and pear in complexity. I like the sense of minerality on the finish. Enjoy this great second wine while you wait for the Grand Vin to develop. 91 pt
2018 – Girolat White Bordeaux – Creamy green apples with hints of lemon peel and grapefruit, to be enjoyed quickly. 88 pt.
2018 – Grand Village Blanc Bordeaux – Aromas of grapefruit, lemon peel, guava, green apple and banana make for a pleasant olfactory experience. But it’s the fresh, lively palate, with its bite of yellow citrus accompanied by fresh, current accents, that really makes this wine work. The wine is made from 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. 92 pt
2018 – Grand Village Forest Libre Bordeaux – Pink grapefruit, guava, lemon curd, waxy lemon, flowers and lime in the nose will really wake you up. It has a fresh, vibrant, crisp lemon flavor, combined with green apples and a creamy texture that gives it a fresh feel. The wine is always made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 93 pt.
2018 – Haut Bergey Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – The nose shows ripe lemon, grapefruit, green apples, waxy Meyer lemons, spiciness, honeysuckle and polished 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 Le Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – A floral blend of yellow citrus with tropical accents and a hint of orange honey, served with fresh, creamy, luscious textures. You can enjoy it young or let it age for a few years for more complexity. 93 pt.
2018 – Haut Selve Blanc-Graves – Tones of green apple, grass and citrus come together on the nose and palate. The finish has a nice, slightly creamy hue to the citrusy yellow. He is ready to drink now and will be at his best in the next few years. 86 pt.
2018 – Hostens Picant Cuvée des Demoiselles-Sainte Foy Bordeaux – White peach, pollo, lemon curd and a hint of vanilla in the nose and mouth, where also sweet green apple with lemon peel on the fresh finish. It will be better in its refreshing youth. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Hubert de Boüard Le Sauvignon Blanc-Bordeaux – Waxy lemongrass, grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon make this a delicious, juicy, crisp and refreshing white wine that goes perfectly with any fish dish. 90 pt.
2018 – Jean Fau Saint-Radegonde-Bordeaux – White peach, vanilla and tropical fruit show their lush, sweet and fruity character as soon as the wine enters the glass. This is the best way forward for the next few years. 88 pt.
2018 – La Grande Clotte White Bordeaux – Creamy, juicy, fresh, crisp, lemony, white peach and green apple in the package, floral wine with mango and yellow citrus notes on the finish. 90 pt.
2018 – La Louviere Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 dePessac-Léognan – A simple, forward lemon wine for uncomplicated drinking pleasure. 86 pt.
2018 – La Tour Blanche Duo de la Tour Blanche-Bordeaux – Crisp waxy lemons, grapefruit, spring flowers and hints of bright orange tropical fruit, all wrapped up in a lush, creamy, fresh and fruity finish. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – This wine has really taken a leap in quality since it was 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 Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 – Lawrence Blanc-Bordeaux – Honeysuckle and lemon peel with pomelo with a sweet, bright, citrus-infused flavor and a finish that packs a punch. 88 pt.
2018 – The Guardian White Bordeaux – Honeysuckle, lemon peel, vanilla and grapefruit shine beautifully in this rich, creamy, lush, slightly honeyed citrus wine. The wines are a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Muscadelle and 10% Semillon. 92 pt.
2018 – Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux White-Bordeaux – Bright, fresh, bold, yellow 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 – Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Round, ripe, sweet and full of zesty yellow citrus, lemon zest, almonds and tangerines, this wine is ready for it. I would drink it more in the next 3-5 years. 90 pt.
2018 – Le Prelat de Pape Clément Blanc-Graves – A fresh, bright and lively shot of yellow citrus with orange, mango and a hint of sour green apple that is already ready to be drunk. It’s perfect for light, summer short use. 88 pt.
2018 – Lesparre Blanc-Graves – A light blast of fresh citrus with balanced notes of lemon peel and a touch of honey on the finish. Drink it for a year or two. 84 operations
2018 – Loudenne White Bordeaux – Lemon, pear and green apple with sweetness and lift for early enjoyment. 87 pts.
2018 – Lussac Blanc-Bordeaux – Honeysuckle, citrus peel and grapefruit, with a creamy, juicy and sweet lemon oil on the palate 85 pts.
2018 – MagrezFombrauge White Bordeaux – The wine begins with notes of juicy lemon, white peach, vanilla and flowers. Luxurious, round and forward, the finish is its creamy lemon and green apple character. 92 pts.
2018 – Malartic Lagraviere Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – 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 Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Better in the bottle than in the barrel, it now shows nice waxy lemon, floral and green apple character. Elegant, fresh and bright, with a sweet citrus yellow and a slightly honeyed finish, this wine is ready to drink at the best of times while awaiting the arrival of the Grand Vin. 90 pt.
2018 – Malleret White Bordeaux – Fresh, fruity, easy drinking, citrusy wine to enjoy in the short term. 86 pt.
2018 – Mongiron Prior Blanc-Bordeaux – Aromas of orange cream, grapefruit and white peach with a hint of lemon in a drinkable, creamy style. 88 pt.
2018 – Mont Pera Blanc-Bordeaux – Green apple, white peach, vanilla, spice and grapefruit burst with crisp, fresh and vibrant fruit. This is not a wine to age, but a wine to pour and enjoy, with all that sweet, creamy citrus. 90 pt.
2018 – Olivier Le Dauphin d’ Olivier Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Honeysuckle and lemons combine for a light, forward, early citrus finish that focuses on alcohol. Enjoy it in the coming years as the great wine develops. 87 pts.
2018 – Pape Clément Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – A rich, juicy and creamy wine with Meyer lemon, cut grass, flowers, pomelo and tangerine, the wine is simply delicious and a delight to the palate. 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 – Paul de Luz White Bordeaux – Elegant, juicy and bright wine with lemon and honeysuckle in the center with freshness and a nice burst of yellow citrus with a hint of lime on the finish. It’s just going to be great at graduation. 90 pt.
2018 – Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux-Bordeaux – Fresh, crisp and juicy, lemon, 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 – Penin Blanc-Bordeaux – Honeysuckle, citrus, grapefruit and green apple on the nose and palate for an easy, early summer lob. 85 pts.
2018 – Perriere White Bordeaux – A light, forward blend of honeysuckle, lemon peel and green apples with a slightly honeyed, yellow citrus finish for early enjoyment. 84 trades
2018 – Portets Blanc-Graves – A fresh, light blend of yellow and orange citrus with a slight lemony, spicy finish. Drink it for the next 2 or 3 years. 85 pt.
2018 – Puygueraud Blanc-Bordeaux – Juicy, crisp lemons, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and white peach make for a powerful aroma. The wine is fresh, creamy and distinctive, leaving sensations of sweetness, cream, green apple, lemon and lime. Drink it for the next few years. You can’t find better value for money for a white wine from Bordeaux than here. 90 pt.
2018 – Rahoul Blanc-Graves – A fresh wine with grapefruit, yellow citrus and green apples with hints of vanilla and flowers that is already drinking very well. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Rayne Vigneau Le Sec de Rayne-Vigneau-Bordeaux – Tropical fruit with wax of lemon is crisp, fresh, creamy and quick to drink. 90 pt.
2018 – Reignac Blanc-Bordeaux – Yellow citrus and mango with tropical notes and green apple in a lush, creamy style for short-term drinking pleasure. 88 pt.
2018 – Rochemorin Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Lemon, orange zest and green apples strike 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 – Saint-Chernin N°1 Blanc Bergerac – Bright, fresh, juicy, crisp, yellow citrus, orange zest and white peach – creamy style, ready for a delicious summer drink. 90pts.
2018 – Sigalas Rabaud La Sémillante de Sigalas-Bordeaux – Honeysuckle, orange marmalade, lemon peel and waxy grapefruit zest permeate the palate with uplift and crisp freshness on the palate. You taste it at the exit because of its freshness and fruitiness. 88 pt.
2018 – Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Flowers, white peach, yellow citrus, pears, green apples and even a touch of vanilla with a hint of melon come together in 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 Blanc-Pessac-Léognan – Fresh lemon, grapefruit, white peach and flowers open 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 – Stella Solare Croix de Labrie-Bordeaux – The nose is quite sweet with everything from honeysuckle to candied orange and white peach. Luxurious and creamy on the palate, with plenty of lemon and tropical fruit, and a touch of honey on the finish, you can enjoy it right away. The wines are a blend of 60% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris. 92 pt.
2018 – Suduiraut S de Suduiraut-Bordeaux – White peach, pear, pineapple and flowers hit the nose before the finish reveals a combination of bitter and sweet, yellow citrus, green apple and pineapple. Medium-bodied, drinkable early, with fruit and freshness, this wine is ready to be released. It is best consumed young. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Tronquoy-Lalande Blanc-Bordeaux – Fresh, crisp, sweet lemon, floral and fresh cut grass aromas come out of the glass. A bright, creamy yellow wine with a lemony finish, green apple notes and a touch of honey, fully ready to drink on release. 91 pts.
2018 – Valandro Blanc-Bordeaux – Juicy, ripe, tart yellow citrus, sour green apple, pink grapefruit and vanilla come to life in this fruity, savory, creamy and rich Bordeaux Blanc. It is already excellent in the glass, and will only get better with a few years. 94 pt.
2018 – Virginie de Valandraud Blanc-Bordeaux – Bright, fresh lemons, grapefruit and notes of yellow tropical fruit and honeysuckle combine to create a sweet, fresh and fruity citrus wine that is already delicious to drink. 91 pt
2018 – Yquem Y-Bordeaux – Waxy lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, green apple and honeysuckle give a fresh, mineral edge to the yellow citrus and tropical orange. 94 pt.
frequently asked questions
Was 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.
Was 2018 a good year for French wine?
2018 promises to be an exceptional year for French wine – the best in nearly a decade. … All of the country’s wine-producing regions, with the exception of Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Côte d’Azur, reported more grapes and better quality than in the previous five years.
Can Bordeaux be white?
Today the quality of white Bordeaux wines is better than ever, both for sweet Bordeaux wines and dry white Bordeaux wines. … White Bordeaux, also known as Bordeaux Blanc, can easily be divided into two parts, dry and sweet. The most famous dry white wines of Bordeaux are produced in the appellation Pessac Léognan.
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